Vitter Introduces Voter Fraud Prevention Act

U.S. Sen. David Vitter today introduced the Voter Fraud Prevention Act of 2009, which seeks to prevent voter fraud by implementing a series of requirements on individuals involved in the distribution of voter registration application forms for federal elections. U.S. Sens. Bunning, Hatch, Inhofe, McConnell, Coburn, DeMint, McCain, Sessions, Chambliss, Risch, Enzi, Bond and Ensign joined Vitter as co-sponsors of the bill.

“Last year, a significant number of voter fraud cases committed by ACORN and others were brought to light. These are a cause for grave concern because the right to free elections is one of our country’s most cherished freedoms,” said Vitter. “Voter fraud threatens that right, and individuals or organizations that attempt to manipulate the system to bring about their own desired result should be stopped before making a mockery of our electoral process.”

Vitter’s bill would help prevent voter fraud by requiring that individuals engaged in the distribution of voter application forms cannot be convicted of a felony, must legibly sign and print their name on the registration form and include other identifying material, including the name of any organization for which they are working on behalf of. Further, the bill requires that these individuals certify, under penalty of law, that they have not received financial compensation based on the number of forms they submit.

The Corner on why Federal legislation is needed:

You might wonder why federal legislation is needed when voter registration is handled by state and local officials. Well, you can thank the frenzy of obsessive litigation filed by unions and radical liberal groups (including the League of Women Voters). Because of constant problems with voter-registration drives conducted by third-party organizations like ACORN, including not turning in legitimate voter registration forms on a timely basis, states like Florida, Ohio, and New Mexico passed laws implementing similar requirements (some also requiring basic training for individuals who are registering voters and time limits for turning in completed forms). All of these groups immediately filed lawsuits claiming that these laws were outrageous violations of their rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments, the Voting Rights Act, and the National Voter Registration Act. Vitter’s bill is needed to override bad decisions in the courts and help the states implement such commonsense requirements.

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