Mississippi secretary of state says Biden administration is helping to register ineligible voters

 March 12, 2024

Three years ago, President Joe Biden signed an executive order said to be aimed at protecting the voting rights of Americans by combating racial discrimination.

Yet according to Fox News, one state official recently crushed that rationale in a recent letter sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland. 

U.S. Marshals Service forcing jails to facilitate voter registration

"As you are aware, on March 7, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order No. 14019 which sought to turn the Department of Justice agencies from their historical missions of law enforcement to voter registration and get out the vote operations," Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson was quoted as writing.

"These efforts are an intrusion into state matters and are a misuse of federal revenue and resources," Watson complained.

"In addition, it appears that these efforts have led to agencies under your charge attempting to register people to vote, including potentially ineligible felons and to co-opt state and local officials into accomplishing this goal," he continued.

Fox News noted that the executive order requires government agencies to "consider ways to expand citizens' opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process."

However, Watson asserted that the U.S. Marshals Service has been compelled to "modify agreements with jails" which forces them "to provide voter registration materials and facilitate voting by mail."

Secretary of state: Order "creates numerous opportunities" to register felons

"According to the Marshals Service, they are modifying 936 contracts or intergovernmental agreements to require state and local government complicity in the potential registration of ineligible prisoners to vote," Watson wrote.

"It further requires the Department of Justice to facilitate voter registration and mail voting for individuals in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons," he stressed.

The attorney general maintained that such an approach "creates numerous opportunities for ineligible prisoners to be registered to vote in Mississippi."

"For example, many of the people in the custody of the Marshals are convicted felons whom Mississippi law deems ineligible to vote," Watson observed.

Watson raises prospect of illegal aliens ending up on voter rolls

Watson also provided a statement to Fox News that noted how "in Mississippi we've got rules and regulations dealing with who can vote when it comes to felons."

He further declared that Biden's executive order increases the likelihood of illegal aliens ending up on the voter roll, something he does not believe the White House wants to prevent.

"I don't specifically think that the Biden administration cares about crossing those T's and dotting those I's when it comes to making sure these folks can or can't vote," the secretary of state added.

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