Despite the fact that there are 2.6 million illegal immigrants in California, no proof of citizenship is required for voter registration, and presenting a utility bill is all the identification needed at the polling place. This state problem is a national issue. We need a fifty-state voter identification law, a law that sets minimum standards that the states must abide by to enter into national elections.
To complicate matters, the utility bill is only required if a voter does not give the last four digits of his or her social security number, a number that an illegal alien would not be able to supply. Otherwise, if you can’t supply a water bill, you must use a Driver’s License or State ID card number when initially registering. Again, if you can’t supply a driver’s license or a state ID, a much weaker proof of residency is required, and then county officials must assign that voter a registration number. This proof of residency is of course, not proof of citizenship. By the way, after this first vote based on a water bill, the ballot is granted by county number in perpetuity to whomever appears at the polls. No identification, not even a water bill, is required to vote. In essence, anyone who feels that they belong in California can vote in our national elections.
How big might this problem be? Statistics coming from the California Secretary of State put the number of eligible voters at about 64% of the total population. Applying this to the 2.6 million illegal immigrant population means that almost 1.7 million illegal immigrants could easily avail themselves of California polls during a national election.
Is there any evidence that anything like 1.7 million votes might have been placed illegally in previous elections? The sudden demise of the Republican Party after Governor Wilson’s support for Proposition 187 forms an anecdotal background. Did the Democrats and the Hispanic Caucus panic? Could some have organized an ACORN-like voter registration drive, signing up Hispanics like crazy and purposely looking the other way when picture identifications could not be found?
One way to see the trend towards new voter registration is by comparing the number of registered voters sixty days before the election to the number of registered voters 30 and fifteen days before the election. The last months before an election provide a backdrop for new registrations, but the new registrations below are just a fraction of the yearly total. Remember, in California this is especially important because only first time voters are required to show identification, and only if those voters did not show a picture I.D. when registering at the DMV or when registering online. The charts below show just a hint of how large this problem could be:
15-DAY REPORT OF REGISTRATION
October 20, 2008, for the November 4, 2008, General Election
STATISTICS FOR PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTIONS
Report Date Eligible Voters Registered Registration Close *
Oct. 20, 2008 23,208,710 17,304,091 15-day Close +1,132,317 in 45 days
Oct. 18, 2004 22,075,036 16,557,273 15-day Close + 931,493 in 45 days
Oct. 10, 2000 21,461,275 15,707,307 29-day Close + 633,329 in 30 days
*Assembly Bill 1094 (Chapter 899, Statutes of 2000) changed the voter registration deadline from a 29-day close to a 15-day close.
In general, while total voter registration from 2,000 to 2008 remained about level, there is a steady increase in late voter registration over the same period. Late voter registration shows the potential for immigrants, who are here perhaps a shorter time than others, to be recruited to vote in a national election. Every time an illegal vote is cast, the sacred right to vote is stolen from a law abiding citizen.
Of course, there is no reason an illegal immigrant couldn’t be registered well before the last sixty days of an election and then continue to vote thereafter for decades. Our state senators come from urban enclaves where there may be as many as 1.7 million illegal votes cast each year. Perhaps legal Californians really want California style hand-outs and regulations for the rest of the nation, but it may be just as likely that we don’t.
For Californians the real problem is that the electoral maps amplify slight differences in the final vote. Urban areas dominate the rural districts. Within the sate legislature, safe districts with, let’s say, fifty thousand illegal voters, can easily defeat the legal majority again and again. The representative from this safe district can become an uncompromising supporter of licenses for illegal immigrants, tuition grants for illegals, and even special accommodations for impounded vehicles for owners who cannot produce a legal Driver’s License. Worse, these blatant gratuities to the illegal immigrant voting block are all in return for the support of higher taxes and the absolutely inane regulatory environment that has ruined the state. Producers are fleeing while mobs of welfare recipients pour in. In fact, the illegal immigrant population is filled with producers, and, in general, producers want nothing of this mayhem. Sadly, the illegals are being exploited again. This time the migrants aren’t working in the grape fields for trifles. This time illegals are being asked for their souls in return for false promises that pay nothing.
The system is now completely rigged against legal California citizens. There is little chance that California can reverse these chilling trends. However, beyond learning from our mistakes, the legal citizens of other states have a stake in the California voter fraud crisis. National elections are dramatically affected by California. A national law that sets minimal state identification requirements is sorely needed.