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ACLU Sues to Block Anti-Election Fraud Bill in Michigan

When they're not gumming up efforts to prevent vote fraud, the ACLU of Michigan proudly continue the ACLU's long tradition of assaulting moral sensibilities.
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

Only citizens of the United States can legally vote in federal elections.  So Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson added a yes/no question on ballot applications that asks: “Are you a United States citizen?”

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, this simple requirement is “an election day disaster in the making.”  So the ACLU did what it usually does, which is to sue.

Filed on behalf of the UAW International, which includes the radical Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LA SED), a county election official, and several voters, the ACLU’s Sept. 17 lawsuit charges that the citizenship question was not approved through proper channels and violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act because two townships it affects come under federal jurisdiction.

Also, the ACLU contends that this question was not asked of all voters in the August primary, and that including the question on the form could cause long lines on Election Day.

Really?  If you’re a U.S. citizen, what would keep you from checking the right box?  How long could it take?  If you’re not a U.S. citizen, what would you be doing at a polling place, unless you were trying to vote illegally?

“We can all agree that it should be easier to vote and harder to cheat,” said Kary L. Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director, in a press release, “but cynical voter suppression tactics should not be tolerated.”

To the ACLU and its liberal allies, commonsense voter ID laws constitute “suppression tactics.”

Earlier this year, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder inexplicably vetoed a bill requiring the citizenship checkbox on every Michigan ballot, citing concerns about possible confusion.  The ACLU’s challenge will decide shortly whether the secretary of state, the official who oversees elections, can or cannot put the question on the form without legislative or executive direction.  The case is before Eastern Michigan U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds, a 1992 George H.W. Bush appointee.

When they’re not gumming up efforts to prevent vote fraud, the ACLU of Michigan proudly continue the ACLU’s long tradition of assaulting moral sensibilities.  On Sept. 26, the lead item on the ACLU of Michigan’s blog was a reverie by one of its interns:

Just a week ago, hundreds of Michigan men and women came out for the HANDS OFF! Rally for Reproductive Justice. Not only was it truly inspiring, it was liberating to turn heads in my “Vagina” t-shirt, demonstrate that I value autonomy over my own body via some not-so-coordinated dance moves, and to be one amongst a huge community of people who rallied and danced in solidarity.

While I took pride in my own participation, dancing alone would not have been as fun, and the resounding echo of “vagina” that reverberated around the halls of the Capitol would definitely have been less powerful if there weren’t so many other voices there to chant with me.

Another ACLU of Michigan blog post titled “Religion Doesn’t Justify Discrimination” trashes a private Michigan company for challenging the Obama administration’s tyrannical order to provide abortifacients, contraceptives, and sterilizations.

In the ACLU’s world, anyone who cares to — regardless of citizenship — should be able to vote, and the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom applies only to some.

Originally published by the American Thinker.

About the Author: Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union.


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11 Responses to “ACLU Sues to Block Anti-Election Fraud Bill in Michigan”

  1. Talk about "radical." The American Civil Rights Union is a far-right organization dedicated to restricting civil rights and liberties. Their values are not in line with the Jewish values I was taught by my parents or rabbis.

  2. In Vermont the Citizenship Question is on the Registration where it belongs. Irf you answer "no" you can not Register to vote. The ballot should be clean and unencumbered with extraneous nonsense. Republicans are engaging in wide-spread voter suppression. Photo Id laws that discriminate and do not prove citizenship. They got caught turning fraudulent Registration forms similar to the charges against ACORN. Recently a republican operative impersonating a representative of the County Clerks office was registering voters in a Safeway Parking lot but only if they said they were voting for Romney. If you can't win legally cheat.

  3. Edward Lobel says:

    The sole purpose of the American Civil Liberties Union is protect and defend the Bill of Rights!
    They are responsible for allowing people like you to say stupid things like "….they are dedicated to restricting civil rights and liberties"

    In order to protect your rights, they need to protect everyone's rights even though you do not think other people have rights!

    I am registered to vote in Michigan and by the time you get this little paper asking you to check off the box that asks "are you a citizen" you have already had to provide the voting clerk your voter registration card and your photo ID, so telling me I have to check off

    (I have absolutely no objection to showing a photo ID because I already have one, however if I did not, I would be real upset if I had to pay the state $40 dollars to get one by a certain date. BTW any state that demands a photo ID should provide one free of charge and in plenty of time to get one in order to vote.)

    Anyway, I wonder how upset you would be if the form asked if you were Jewish? It would be the ACLU who would file suit aginst the state for asking that question!

  4. This is the one of the most anti-american group yet, their name sounds american, but their not'''''.

  5. Yo! Ed! I was referring to the very bogus American Civil Rights Union, NOT the ACLU. Need some reading glasses, dude? And, by the way, who are "people like me?" Huh? I accept your anticipated apology.

  6. Edward Lobel says:

    Yo! Blum, not only do I need glasses, I need bifocals! (Actually were bifocal contacts, there not to bad) As for an apology – Nah forgetaboutit (LOL) OK, misread the name of organization

  7. Thanks, Ed. (And, for the record, I have at times been a proud card-carrying member of the ACLU.)

  8. Edward Lobel says:

    Can't imagine why any real American (especially one who is a member of the tribe,) woulod not be a member!

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