Within hours of Monday’s US Supreme Court decision striking down an Arizona law that required registered voters to prove their citizenship, Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey introduced what he entitled the SAFE Act.
“SAFE stands for Securing America’s Fair Elections Act,” Gingrey explained in an interview with WSB’s Pete Combs.
“That measure would allow states to set their own requirements for proof of citizenship when someone registers to vote,” Gingrey said.
As for concerns that it might supress voters – a concern raised by a majority of justices in the Supreme Court’s 7-2 vote, Gingrey was adamant.
“You’ve got to show who you are to get a marriage license, to get on an airplane as I do every week, to buy cigarettes and alcohol, to buy something with a credit card – this is not suppression,” Rep. Gingrey said.
Instead, he contended the SAFE Act would combat what Gingrey said is a rising number of voter fraud cases.
“In fact, in 2009, I think there were over 200. In 2010, it was up to 234. And even last year, it was over 200. So, for anybody to say it doesn’t exist…and that’s just in the state of Georgia,” said Gingrey.
Gingrey says his bill has wide support in both houses of Congress and he hopes will move quickly toward passage.