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Using SAVE to Verify Voter Eligibility Comes with Unexplored Risks

August 02, 2012 (1 min read)

"What’s been lost in the struggle over these voter purges is that the SAVE Program was not designed to verify whether an individual is eligible to vote, and using SAVE for this purpose will likely  lead to denying U.S. citizens the right to vote.  The SAVE program is an electronic, fee-based system operated by USCIS to verify that a person actually has the immigration status his documents indicate or that the immigration information he has provided is accurate.  It is used to help verify eligibility for government benefits and licensing agencies or other lawful purposes.  It is NOT a database or list of all non-citizens.  There is no national database of all citizens that states can check to prove U.S. citizenship or voter eligibility." - Michele Waslin, Aug. 2, 2012.