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:
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