* Press release…
Conservative reform gubernatorial candidate State Rep. Jeanne Ives will discuss legislation she has filed to prohibit Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new “CityKey” identification card for illegal immigrants to be used as a valid form of identification for registering to vote.
41st Ward Alderman Anthony Napolitano of Chicago’s Northwest side, who voted against the city ordinance that created the “CityKey” id, will join Ives at this press conference to discuss voter fraud prevention and maintaining the integrity of Chicago’s upcoming 2019 municipal elections.
Ives accused Chicago Democrats of “breathtaking” hypocrisy for obsessing over accusations of Russian meddling in President Donald Trump’s election while at the same time taking steps that she said would make it easier for undocumented immigrants to fraudulently vote in Chicago.
“Accepting the CityKey ID as a legitimate form of identification for voter registration is literally suborning voter fraud, and the political class in the sanctuary city of Chicago is brazen about this fact,” Ives said.
Emanuel dismissed Ives’ criticism. “She should just take her Trump rhetoric out of the city,” he told reporters before Ives’ downtown news conference. “It doesn’t reflect our values.” […]
City Clerk Anna Valencia’s office contends the CityKey will just be another in a long list of forms of identification voters can use to establish residency, among them credit cards, firearms owner ID cards, student ID cards and union membership cards. And while only U.S. citizens are allowed to vote, voters are not required under state law to prove their U.S. citizenship. They simply must attest they are citizens.
But Ives said other forms of ID “are legitimately given to citizens, not noncitizens.” And Napolitano said if the city wanted to avoid potential problems with noncitizens voting with CityKey, Valencia could simply issue IDs that include the cardholder’s citizenship status.
Ives did not go so far as to suggest — as Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson did last month — that Emanuel is “looking for new voters” to replace the African-American voters he lost because of his handling of the Laquan McDonald shooting video.
She simply said that, if Carlson’s allegation is true, “That’s too bad for Rahm. He’s going to have to persuade people who are legal voters.”
Napolitano argued that the city is “documenting undocumented people” by allowing the CityKey ID to be used to register to vote.
“What this is going to do is change elections. Change elections in Chicago. Change elections in the state of Illinois … to entice or encourage people to go register to vote who are illegal immigrants,” he said.
State Board of Elections officials were asked about this topic last week and they pointed out it’s always been a felony to register to vote if you’re not a citizen and that getting caught would likely result in deportation.
* From the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights…
First, the CityKey card is intended for ALL Chicago residents. It is incorrect to refer to the card as an “immigrant” card or a card for the undocumented, despite the way that the card is sometimes portrayed. All Chicago residents can and would benefit from the card.
The CityKey, like any other photo ID such as a driver’s license, can be used for voter registration only to establish the registrant’s identity and the registrant’s address (if it appears on the card–which is optional). It cannot be used to establish that the person qualifies to vote.
When people register to vote, they need to attest that they are US citizens. If noncitizens incorrectly or falsely register, they are subject not only to state criminal penalties for the improper registration but also to immigration consequences, including unwaivable lifetime bars on legal status and deportation. Immigrants who are not yet citizens generally know that they cannot register and vote in US elections–which is one of the main reasons why the opportunity to become US citizens is so important to us.