A discussion between Hillary Clinton’s campaign advisers about voter registration laws led to a remarkable comment being made by John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman.
Podesta’s email account, hosted by Gmail, was hacked and 50,000 emails were sent to WikiLeaks, which has steadily been releasing the emails every day since Oct. 7. This particular email was made public last Wednesday.
The email dated February 4th, 2015 was part of a “chain” discussion that Podesta was having with top Democratic pollster Joel Benenson and several other Democratic advisers. The confab of Clinton advisers and aides were discussing via email how to co-opt “voter ID” laws, which they admitted was a popular Republican policy of asking voters to produce ID at the polls.
Podesta said, “On the picture ID, the one thing I have thought of in that space is that if you show up on Election Day with a driver’s license with a picture, attest that you are a citizen, you have a right to vote in federal elections.”
Podesta’s statement came after Benenson said the campaign “should think of high-tech solutions (i.e., everyone is issued a voter card with a chip when they turn 18) that embrace some form of universal citizen [sic] ID linked [sic] to automatic registration.”
In that context, Podesta’s remark came perilously close to suggesting that U.S. residents could vote with a driver’s license. In other words there would be no need to complicate things by using databases that could check U.S. citizenship.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), twelve states and the District of Columbia allow undocumented aliens to obtain a driver’s license. However, the NCSL also states that the licenses cannot be used for federal identification purposes, such as voting.
Nearly half of California’s drivers licenses have been issued to illegal and undocumented immigrants last year making this a hot-bed issue with Republicans. Considering the importance of presidential elections and the recent video confessions of several types of voter fraud, I feel a state issued voter identification card upon registration that also certifies citizenship would be a grand idea.
H/T [Gateway Pundit]