When the National Voter Registration Act was passed 25 years ago, warnings about the potential for voter fraud were dismissed as attempts to disenfranchise minorities and depress voter participation. Not only did the law (and similar laws adopted on the state level) fail to encourage more Americans to go to the polls, it has provided the pathway to more non-citizens registering to vote.
Recently, officials with California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the state’s Department of Technology conceded in a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla that as many as 1,500 people, including non-citizens, had been improperly registered to vote.
The door to illegal registrations was opened with the passage of AB 60, a 2013 bill that requires giving to anyone “who is unable to submit satisfactory proof of legal presence in the United States” a driver license.
The DMV was also the first stop for most of the 19 foreign nationals who were indicted in August with illegal voting in North Carolina. All but one of those charged had registered to vote at the state DMV, according to The Washington Times.
Contrary to the caterwauling from open border activists and Leftist politicians, the breach of voter integrity by foreign nationals is occurring, particularly in sanctuary jurisdictions.
In August, the Public Interest Legal Foundation reported that in just the 13 sanctuary jurisdictions examined, 3,120 non-citizens were registered to vote or had been removed from voting rolls from 2006 to 2018. That figure is likely higher given the Californian counties of Los Angeles and Alameda were not included in the analysis, nor were any North Carolina counties, nor was the study conducted nationwide.
The Foundation researchers said jurisdictions where foreigners or legal immigrants are “prompted by public assistance agency transactions (a/k/a Motor Voter), registration/petition drives, and registration assistors” saw more incidences of election integrity breaches.
The findings should be of interest to voters in in Nevada, who will vote in November on a ballot initiative to implement automatic voter registration. If it passes, Nevada will join 13 states and D.C. to adopt a flawed registration system that exposes the voting process to illegal foreign influence.
Although the number of foreigners casting ballots currently is not overwhelming, as the Pacific Legal Foundation notes, “One thing is clear, aliens are getting on the rolls, aliens are voting, and in sanctuary jurisdictions they aren’t being prosecuted for doing so.”