WASHINGTON — QUESTION:
Did Democrats pass a sweeping voting bill that guarantees non-citizens and undocumented immigrants the right to vote in federal elections?
Nope, this claim is false.
H.R. 1 "For the People Act of 2019" text
Motion to Recommit H.R.1 offered by Rep. Dan Crenshaw
Right now, all over social media, people are pointing to House legislation as proof we need a border wall, claiming Democrats in the House passed a bill that would allow "illegal immigrants" to vote in federal elections.
Variations of this claim are rippling across the web, but is true?
Our Verify researchers read through all 706 pages of the bill, and no, it does not allow non-citizens to vote.
Bottom line, the bill aims to shed light on Super PACs, dark money and whose paying for social media ads. It would also require the President and Vice President to disclose their tax returns from the last 10 years, stop Congress from using taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment cases, make "Election Day" a federal holiday, and automatically register voters.
The entire bill can be found here. Our researchers highlighted some key changes this bill WOULD enforce:
- It would require the availability of voter registration
- Register all illegible voters unless the voter expressly affirms they "decline to be registered" (pg. 38)
- Make it illegal for anyone knowingly to interfere or prevent someone from registering to vote, with a penalty of a fine and/or up to five years in prison
- Give states federal grants to help people with disabilities register to vote (pg. 99)
- Mandate all paper ballots to be made from recycled paper and manufactured in the U.S. (pg. 143-144)
- Make paper ballots available to anyone who requests one (pg. 148)
- Create an independent redistricting committee (pg. 274)
- Gives states federal grants to make security risk and vulnerability assessments (pg. 321)
- Conduct a pre-election threat assessment no later than 180 days until the election
- Makes states responsible for hiring independent technical experts to find election cyber security vulnerabilities (pg. 342)
- By November 2022 each state shall seek to ensure that all voting machines are manufactured in the U.S. (pg. 351)
- Mandate disclosures and disclaimers on ever social media advertisement, for who financed the ad (pg. 394)
- Require disclosures of political spending by government contractors (pg. 430)
So where did this whole “allowing illegal immigrants to vote” claim come from?
House members have a chance to request changes to a bill before it’s voted on, that’s called a “motion to recommit.”
Any change also needs to be voted on, before it is added to the bill.
Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), introduced a motion to recommit to add a line that reads: “It is the sense of the Congress that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”
The House voted against adding THAT line, 234-193 because there’s already a law on the books that you can't vote in a federal election if you're not a citizen.
So we can Verify, no, the claim that the House passed a bill to allow illegal immigrants to vote is completely bogus.
In Dan Crenshaw's motion to the recommit, he says, "The city of San Francisco, California, is allowing non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to register to vote in school board elections."