Rep. Cook Votes to Protect Right to Vote for US Citizens
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted for H. Res 1071, which recognizes that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of US citizens. The bill passed the House 279-72.
Currently, the US Constitution prohibits discrimination in voting based on race, sex, poll taxes, and age. Federal law, meanwhile, prohibits non-citizens from voting in elections for federal office. However, in 2016, voters in the city of San Francisco approved a measure allowing non-citizens, including those without legal status, to vote in school board races.
Rep. Cook said, “The right to vote is one of the most important duties of being an American citizen. San Francisco has set a dangerous precedent by allowing people here illegally to affect governance for American citizens. This resolution sends a strong message that citizens alone enjoy the right to vote.”
To view the full text of H. Res 1071, click here.
A member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.