ARRA: The 15th Amendment says that “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” The purpose was simple. After the Civil War, freed slaves were being denied the right to vote, even though they were citizens.
That’s where it begins and ends. If you’re an American citizen — the key question — you get to have control over the government which you elect. You get to vote.
But, if you’re an alien living in the country illegally, you do not get to have control over the government not meant to serve you — and certainly not with the right to vote. The 15th Amendment was never intended to be extended to non-citizens.
Yet while dozens of states require proof of residence with a photo identification in order to vote, far fewer have proof of citizenship laws in place. MORE