By Alex Gonzalez
As if it was not enough learning that the National Security Agency (NSA) is infringing on your Fourth Amendment constitutional privacy right, and that the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) is infringing on your First Amendment Right of Freedom of Expression, now Sen. Ted Cruz wants to create a new federal law to monitor your right to register to vote.
Sen. Cruz’s measure to Senate Bill S.744 would amend the National Voter Registration Act. The Amendment requires “Proof of citizenship—evidence of citizenship in order to complete any requirement to register to vote in any Federal Election.” But this type of federal programs is precisely what Sen. Cruz voted against in the Toomey-Manchin gun provision.
Sen. Cruz voted against the Toomey-Manchin gun provision because the background-check measure was the centerpiece of gun legislation, as he argued:
The Toomey-Manchin gun provision would have expanded background-checks to private sales between individuals at gun shows and over the Internet, in an attempt to weed out criminal or mentally ill purchasers. As a result, Sen. Cruz correctly opposed the Toomey-Manchin legislation to protect the 2nd Amendment Right of Americans to bear arms; every American would have had to go through a federal background program administered by the Department of Justice, and the data could have been used to single out Americans who fit certain profile–gun aficionados.
However, this Amendment to Senate Bill S.744 submitted by Sen. Cruz offers the same things that the Toomey-Manchin legislation did. Under this Amendment, any time somebody registers to vote, your personal information could be run through the federal data base, and the information saved. And, evidently this program will have to be monitored by the Department of Homeland Security, the Obama Administration and Eric’s Holder Justice Department since Voting Rights Protections are still under the purview of Department of Justice. This bill actually gives more power to federal government than to the states.
And because voting rules are delegated to the states since voting is not “enumerated” in the Constitution, this Bill by Sen. Cruz takes that power away from the states and gives to federal government. But if there is one thing ha IRS scandal has demonstrated is that you cannot trust a bureaucrat in D.C. with personal information since they too have political motivations, even behind their desk. Therefore, this bill is nothing more than a big-brother big-government intrusion on the rights of American.
While some voter ID laws have passed the Constitutional test in states like Indiana and Georgia, this Amendment is unconstitutional since SCOTUS just ruled that states cannot scrutinize American with proof of citizenship when they register to vote.Alex Gonzalez is a political Analyst and Political Director for Latinos Ready To Vote! He received a Bachelors Degree and a Masters’ Degree, with emphasis in American politics, from San Francisco State University. comments to firstname.lastname@example.org