State Access to Federal Immigration Data Stirs New Controversy in Debate over Voting Rights

State Access to Federal Immigration Data Stirs New Controversy in Debate over Voting Rights

"After a year of negotiations with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Iowa last month became the third state to obtain access to the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) immigration data system, for the purpose of removing noncitizens from its electoral rolls. This action is the latest in a series of state-led efforts to respond to concerns about voter fraud and to tighten laws on voting, following a pair of Supreme Court rulings in June that increased states' leeway in regulating voter requirements.  Use of SAVE for voter verification purposes signifies a major departure from its intended use." - MPI, Sept. 12, 2013.