Cruz Bill Ensures Feds Don’t Preempt States’ Ability to Require Voter Registration ID

Bill will close loophole in ‘Motor Voter’ law recently created by U.S. Supreme Court

ted-cruz6Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC — “The right to vote is a fundamental building block of our nation’s democratic process and it is crucial that we have the measures in place to uphold the integrity of our elections,” said U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today while filing legislation to close a loophole in the federal “Motor Voter” law that preempts states from enforcing requirements to ensure those registered to vote are U.S. citizens.  

Said Sen. Cruz. “This amendment ensures that states can enforce the commonsense requirement that those registered to vote must actually be U.S. citizens.”

Cosponsors of his bill include Sens. David Vitter (LA), Mike Lee (UT), John Cornyn (TX), Tom Coburn (OK), Thad Cochran (MS), Mike Crapo (ID), Jeff Sessions (AL), Ron Johnson (WI) and Jim Risch (ID).

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. that the federal Motor Voter law, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, preempted Arizona’s commonsense requirement that a person present Sen. Ted Cruz3iconcrete evidence of citizenship before they are allowed to register to vote.

As Justice Alito explained in his dissent, this is not what Congress intended thorough federal Motor Voter legislation. The Court’s ruling leaves a hole in federal law that allows non-citizens to register by using the promulgated federal form without showing proof of citizenship. This encourages voter fraud and undermines efforts to ensure elections are fair and accurately reflect the will of U.S. citizens.

Cruz also presented an amendment to immigration legislation that would have fixed this loophole, but Senate Democrats refused to allow a vote on it.


  1. States need to ignore an increasing number of Supreme Court rulings and federal laws, and just continue on in a peaceful, legal, “due process’ way to conduct business in the state as the states’ “will of the people” directs. There are many instances wherein the states have ignored Supreme Court rulings and federal law…the most recent are marijuana laws, The Real ID Act of 2005, and now we’re seeing increasing push back on federal gun laws…’s absolutely FANTASTIC.

    How great would it be for the country if states actually reclaimed their superior governing authority (in pursuance of the Constitution*) and actually started acting like the “small republics” that they are.

    The Supreme Court is corrupt and, in may cases, no longer seeks to uphold the Constitution. In addition, it’s a dangerous thing to place the direction of the country in the hands of one or two unelected federal employees.

    Look to your state legislators for genuine change, not the District of Corruption. And if they refuse to grow a pair and don’t see things your way, replace them with someone who does.

    *The Supremacy Clause says that the US Constitution is the supreme law of the land, NOT federal law and regulations…there’s a HUGE difference between the two.

  2. At least there is two supreme court justices with integrity and common sense.
    Ted Cruz is one of a few us senators that shows true leadership. The conservatives
    need to seize the moment and vote in conservatives in the senate and send reid and his
    pack of liberals out of control of the senate.

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