VOTER REGISTRATION -- (House of Representatives - November 08, 2007)
(Mr. PITTS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. PITTS. Madam Speaker, several States held elections this week, and now the 2008 Presidential elections are just 1 year away. This is a good time to reflect on the importance of voting and the integrity of our election process.
The right to vote is one of the most important freedoms granted to citizens in the United States. It's a right and a privilege that should not be taken lightly.
Our voter registration process needs to be reformed in order to ensure that only American citizens are eligible to vote. It is alarming that eight of the Ð9/11 hijackers were registered to vote.
The sanctity of the ballot box must be paramount. If we can't ensure the integrity of our elections, our representative form of government breaks down.
When a person gets a driver's license, they can check a box to register to vote, and there's no guarantee that the person's eligibility to vote will be verified. There are House seats that have been decided by just a few votes per precinct. The American people deserve to know that elections will be won and lost by legal, rightfully registered voters.