Democrat Witnesses Avoid Answering Whether Noncitizens Should Vote

In a recent congressional hearing demonstrating the left’s greed for power and disregard for U.S. laws, not one Democrat witness provided a straight answer as to whether noncitizens should vote in federal elections.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) asked the witnesses to answer “yes” or “no” to a series of questions concerning non-citizens voting in elections.

“Do you believe that only citizens of the United States should be able to vote in federal elections?” the Utah senator asked the witnesses.

The leftist witnesses deflected from answering Lee’s question.

Executive Director of The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Damon T. Hewitt said he doesn’t have a “position” on the issue of allowing non-citizens to vote in national elections.

“We don’t have a position about non-citizens voting in federal elections, we believe that’s what the current laws are, and so we’re certainly fighting for everyone who is eligible under current law to vote,” Hewitt told the Utah congressman.

Lee then entered a discussion about state laws and non-citizens voting with another Democrat witness, who argued that the federal government should do more to naturalize non-citizens and grant them the right to vote.

“That’s a decision of the state law but I want to emphasize —” the president of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, Lydia Camarillo, said.

Lee then interrupted Camarillo, saying, “It’s a decision of state law as to who should vote in federal elections?”

Camarillo argued that the federal government should encourage non-citizens to undergo the naturalization process and vote.

“States decide who gets to vote in various elections, and in federal elections I believe that we should be encouraging people to naturalize and then vote,” Camarillo said.

Lee then asked Camarillo whether she believed the federal government should have no say in who votes in national elections.

“I don’t have a position on that,” the Democratic witness replied.

The director of the far-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Voting Rights Project, Sophia Lin Lakin, told the Utah senator that although federal laws prohibit non-citizens from voting, the ACLU would focus on ways to allow all eligible voters to participate in their civic duty.