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Undocumented immigrants not allowed to vote in federal elections

Some VERIFY readers asked whether undocumented immigrants would receive identification cards or driver’s licenses and whether they could vote as a result. Here’s what we found.

recent social media post and News report Claims President Joe Biden’s administration will provide photo IDs to undocumented immigrants.

One post suggested the ID cards would allow them to vote in federal elections.

In recent weeks, several VERIFY readers have also emailed us wondering whether undocumented immigrants will receive ID cards or driver’s licenses and whether they will be able to vote in U.S. elections as a result.

question

Does having an ID or driver’s license allow undocumented immigrants to vote in federal elections?

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Answer

This is wrong.

No, an ID card or driver’s license does not allow undocumented immigrants to vote in federal elections.

what we found

Federal law does not allow noncitizens to vote in federal elections, regardless of whether they have an ID or driver’s license.

In 1996, Congress passed Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. The law makes it a crime for noncitizens to vote in federal elections for president, vice president and members of Congress.

USA.gov, the official portal of the federal government, He also said that non-citizens cannot vote. In federal, state and most local elections.

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Many states have Laws that require people to show some form of identification when voting. However, if a person is not a U.S. citizen, having an ID or driver’s license does not allow them to vote in federal elections.

The recent chaos online can be traced to the government’s proposed ID card scheme for non-citizens.

July 2022 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Report said the bill includes $10 million in proposed funding for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Secure Record Card program. The plan would “allow non-citizens to access immigration files and documents,” the report said.

It’s unclear how far along the plan is currently. ICE did not respond to VERIFY’s request for comment, but an agency spokesman told Reuters in August 2022 The ID card “will not become the official form of federal identification.” The card can be used to help non-citizens track pending immigration cases.

As for driver’s licenses, 19 states and the District of Columbia allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, according to the agency. National Immigration Law Center and national conference of state legislatures.


States can choose who they allow to obtain a driver’s license because there are no federal rules for issuing driver’s licenses.

But these driver’s licenses also don’t grant a person citizenship or the right to vote in federal elections. Some state laws even specify that licenses cannot be used alone to vote, or that they are ineffective or ineffective for “official federal purposes.”

The process for undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license varies by state and can take months or even years. NCSL said undocumented immigrants are typically required to provide a foreign birth certificate, a foreign passport or consular card and proof of current state residency.

Therefore, we can verify that possessing an ID or driver’s license does not allow undocumented immigrants to vote in federal elections.

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