RALEIGH – This week Democratic Governor Roy Cooper vetoed a bill requiring non-citizens be removed from voting rolls. If you try to make sense of it, you’ll only end up with a headache. That’s because there is no sense at all in much of what Governor Roy Cooper does when viewed from a perspective of responsible governance. No, the only perspective that allows for any deciphering of Cooper’s actions is through a lens of pure partisan politics.
Senate Bill 250 further codifies juror that an individual has to be a citizen if the United States to serve on a jury. Moreover, it would require clerks of court to share the name and addresses of if a person requests to be excused from jury duty on account of being a foreign citizen with the State Board of Elections, so that they may be removed from voting roles.
MAKES PERFECT SENSE. Unless you’re Roy Cooper:
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Actually, if the mechanisms for removing these people from voter rolls were already effective enough, then we wouldn’t really have non-citizens on jury and voting rolls, would we? It creates ZERO voter harassment, as Cooper alleges. The non-citizen would literally be harassing themselves by announcing to a judge they are not a citizen, and then the court merely relaying that info to the relevant Boards of Elections. It discourages NON-CITIZENS from voting!
See? It’ll give you a headache.
In political age of marked by fears of foreign election interference, illegal immigration, cyber security threats, and a refocusing on elections integrity, Cooper’s veto is just ‘reckless’ according to his likely 2020 opponent Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest:
“If a person tells a judge that they are not a citizen and therefore not able to serve as a juror, they should be removed from our voter rolls. Only citizens should be allowed to vote. Governor Cooper’s veto is reckless at a time when so many are concerned about foreign interference with our elections”
Forest is right, of course. It is reckless from from a perspective of responsible governance. There have literally been convictions of foreign nationals for voting in North Carolina, and there is currently a sweeping federal investigation going on in dozens of North Carolina counties focused on the occurrence of voting by foreign nationals. This is a real issue.
So let’s examine this from the only perspective that helps clarify Cooper’s veto of this bill, the partisan political perspective. Cooper has clearly marked his territory pandering to the Far Left, and that means he kowtows to their radical agenda no matter how reckless it is. To sign this bill would be signaling to his social justice base that he is not sufficiently woke, as it would indicate he is not willing to allow non-citizens to vote in elections. It follows, then, that by vetoing the bill, he IS willing to let foreign nationals vote in our elections. It is the only way he can remain a viable Democrat, and more proof that the Democratic Party and their increasing radicalism is bad news for the State of North Carolina.
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