PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4844, FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT OF 2006 -- (House of Representatives - September 20, 2006)
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Mr. PASTOR. Mr. Speaker, at the hearing that we had in Phoenix, Arizona, I asked a question of the panel which included the election director from Maricopa County, the largest county; the election director from Apache County; the president from the Intertribal Council of Arizona; the Secretary of State, Jan Brewer, who was the Republican running for the election; the county attorney, Andrew Thomas, who ran on an anti-immigrant; and also the president of the League of Women Voters.
When the question was asked whether in the history of Arizona voting had there been one instance of voter fraud that was directly linked to an undocumented person, the response was zero. The question then was asked, since we have had the Proposition 200 which requires an ID when you register and now when you go to the polls where, as correctly has been stated, that thousands of people have now registered, the question was asked, what have you done to show that there has been voter fraud, attempted or perpetuated by an undocumented? And the answer again was zero. And possibly, the county attorney said that he might have a case where he may indict 10 people.
So if you look at the situation, you would find that the response of the people on the panel was that Proposition 200 came about because of a perceived problem of undocumented people being able to vote. So this is built on the conception that you may have fraud in the future.
The Intertribal Council President Rafael Bear said it would injure the voting and suppress voting among Native Americans. The League of Women Voters came out against the proposition because of the suppression of the vote. The election director of Maricopa County said it wasn't needed, that in the past they didn't have the fraud that everybody was perceiving. So as Chairman Dreier said, this is a solution that is looking for a problem.
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