LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Even though government agencies tried their best to
stop him, an 18-year-old will vote for the first time in the Nov. 3 election.
Last July, Joshua Hansen, 18, went to register to vote. A few days later he received a letter in the mail from Kathryn Ferguson, registrar of voters of Clark County, Nevada, rejecting his application.
Hansen had refused to supply a Social Security number on his application and Ferguson rejected him as a voter.
Hansen says he does not have a Social Security number, driver’s license, or government issued ID card. He says that he never will. He also refuses to pay income tax.
He defends his stands on these issues based on his study of the U.S. Constitution and his religious beliefs. He says he is willing to pay any price and will not give in to government pressure.
Hansen takes his right to vote seriously. So seriously that he took Ferguson to court to prove his point. With the help of his uncle, attorney Joel F. Hansen, he got the court to order Ferguson to permit him to vote.
He belongs to the First Christian Fellowship of Eternal Sovereignty, which he says is a political religion based on Christianity and the Constitution which people of all denominations may join.
“It’s a fellowship of anybody who’s Christian who really exercises their Christian beliefs within politics,” explained Hansen in a phone interview with WorldNetDaily.
“The Social Security number was much like the mark of the beast talked about in the book of Revelation. One of the main reasons is that it, I mean you can’t buy or sell without it, it’s hard to do a lot of business without it. Have you ever tried to get a job without one, or voting or anything? A lot of the stuff talked about in the prophecy had come to life and I said, ‘I don’t want one of those.’
“Everything around Social Security is a lie. I don’t want any of the benefits from it and I don’t want to pay for it. The system’s going bankrupt. Anything I pay for I’ll never see anyway. It’s blatantly unlawful and unconstitutional,” explained Hansen.
Living without a Social Security number is a challenge, but not a major problem for Hansen. He has no bank account, works only for family members who will pay him “under the table,” refuses to get a driver’s license, and won’t pay taxes. Recently he started his own Internet consulting business.
He just finished high school this year and says he has very few friends who believe as he does. He belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“Because of my political beliefs,” says Hansen, “I have a lot of trouble getting along at church with a lot of my fellow members.” The members of his church believe in “The Articles of Faith,” a portion of it reads “We believe in . . . obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.”
“They told me that the law said I had to have a number,” explains Hansen. “I said, ‘This is kind of stupid because all these numbers are obtained through the identification I already have.’ When you get a driver’s license or an ID card here, basically you show them your birth certificate, and to prove residency you write down on a little paper what your address is and sign something that says you’re not lying, which is all you do on a voter registration thing.”
Ferguson didn’t like Hansen’s logic. She rejected his application to vote. Hansen contacted many elected officials for help. Some responded and some didn’t, but none were of much help so he decided to take it to court.
“The Constitution of Nevada establishes who can vote,” explained Hansen. “If you’re an idiot, you’re insane, and if you don’t have residency you can’t vote. That’s it.”
Hansen filed a Writ of Mandamus in the Clark County District Court. The purpose was to have the court order Ferguson to register Hansen so he can vote.
Nevada law states that the “County Clerk shall require a person to submit official identification as proof of residence and identity, such as a driver’s license or other official document before registering him.”
Hansen presented a diploma from high school and a birth certificate, but Ferguson demanded a Social Security card, driver’s license, or a state ID card.
Hansen does not have those items and in his petition to the court his attorney stated, “therefore, he presented alternative identification to the Registrar of Voters, but his right to register to vote was refused and denied by the county registrar of voters.”
Hansen was more surprised than anyone when his petition was granted
by the court. “I didn’t think I’d win,” he said. On Oct. 19, the court ordered
Ferguson to register Hansen to vote, and he now plans to cast his
first ballot on Nov. 3.
This may be just the first of many battles ahead for Hansen. He does
drive a car, and does not plan to get a license.
“The government has no right to regulate who can and cannot drive
unless they have proven themselves to be a danger to the community
and have been convicted by 12 informed jurors,” wrote Hansen in
an e-mail message to WorldNetDaily.
“Assuming that everyone is already a danger and by telling us we must have a license to drive is known better as ‘prior restraint’ and according to the U.S. Supreme Court is unconstitutional.”
Hansen also objects to the current law which will implement a national ID card on Oct. 1, 2000. He says that Congress passed the law using illegal immigration control as the excuse.
“The even more ironic twist is that most of the illegal immigrants coming here are filtering from Mexico trying to reap the socialist benefits offered by the federal government. Welfare, government schools, health care, social security, etc. If you want to stop illegal immigration bring back the American way of work hard and succeed as opposed to show up and leech off the tax payers,” wrote Hansen.
He concluded his e-mail by saying, “There is nothing they can ever do to make me surrender my personal freedom, nothing. I don’t know a lot of people who exercise freedom to the point of fanaticism I do. I will not pay federal income tax, I will not be marked my their unconstitutional anti-Christ numbers. I will not take any of their socialist benefits. I will not bow before any bureaucracy. I will not surrender my God-given freedom to those bastards for any reason.”