The Nebraska Democrat Party is handing new refugees voter registration cards they are ineligible to use.
In a video posted to YouTube showed the “Refugee Welcome Basket” program organized by the state’s Democrats, Conservative Review reported.
“Nebraska has, and welcomes the most refugees and immigrants on a per-capita basis,” Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb said.
“When [President Trump] put in his racist travel ban we put out a call to action to Democrats across the state saying ‘help us create welcome baskets for refugee and immigrant families who are making Nebraska their home,’” she said.
Kleeb explained the types of items in the basket, which included a voter registration.
“We made sure that we had individuals write a little note to the families, and then inside each basket there’s also a letter from the Nebraska Democratic Party welcoming the family to Nebraska,” she said.
“It’s signed by me as chair of the party, and then we include a sticker in here for them to put on their car. It also includes a voter registration form,” she added.
Kleeb had a feeble excuse for including voter registration in the welcome baskets when confronted by Conservative Review.
“It is not illegal to be handing out voter registration forms so folks start to get familiar with the forms,” she said. “Once they become citizens, it is our hope, like back in the day you would hear these stories of the Democrats in Ellis Island welcoming the Irish with food and a voter registration form, so it’s really that same concept.”
Kleeb told Conservative Review that the forms were included for the refugees so that “they start to get familiar with democracy and how you become a voter in our country.”
“I registered individuals from Somalia and Sudan this election cycle that have recently become citizens, and this is a very new process for them. We had to sit down with them and really help them understand how to fill out their name and where to put in their birthdate because it’s just a whole new process for them than what they had in their home country,” she said.
“Can I just be very clear that on the voter registration form it says that you have to be a U.S. citizen, so I don’t think that I said that in the letter, but on the voter registration form it talks about that,” Kleeb said.
Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale explained that it is a Class IV felony for making false statements while registering to vote.
“At the same time, under NE Rev 32-1503, subsection 11, any person who would aid, counsel, procure or advise any person to do any act forbidden by this section or to omit to do any act by law directed to be done shall be guilty of a Class IV felony,” Gale said.
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