In Elections, Noncitizen Ballots Have Consequences



Through a combination of loopholes and a news media that looks the other way, noncitizens, including illegal aliens, are voting in America’s 2020 elections.

Citing a series of studies, FAIR reported that millions of noncitizens cast ballots in previous years, and there’s every reason to expect they continue to do so. “The numbers show that noncitizen voting is far from a myth.”

Mainstream media outlets glibly dismiss instances of alien voting, which is expressly prohibited by law. They downplay voter-fraud cases – including current federal prosecution of 19 foreign nationals in North Carolina — and instead rehearse tired tales of “voter suppression.”

When confronted with irrefutable evidence, NPR tried finessing it with this headline: “Some Noncitizens Do Wind Up Registered To Vote, But Usually Not On Purpose.”

Attempting to knock down a state report that 425,814 registered voters in California were disqualified from jury duty after they admitted they were not U.S. citizens, USA Today assured readers that “automatic voter registrations filed through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) are reviewed by the Secretary of State’s Office.”

“If the information shows they are not eligible, the Secretary of State’s office cancels their erroneous request to register,” the newspaper quoted a state official as saying.

But Election Integrity Project-California points out that state law bars the secretary’s office from accessing the DMV’s comprehensive lists of noncitizens and illegal aliens registered to vote via the federal Motor Voter Act.

By making state DMVs voter registration proxies – and because 15 states and the District of Columbia issue driver’s licenses to illegal aliens – noncitizens have a path to the ballot box. “Most often, they are added to the voter rolls without any attempt to verify the applicant’s citizenship,” FAIR found.

Last year, the Texas Department of Public Safety, which issues driver’s licenses, estimated that as many as 58,000 noncitizens voted in one or more elections. The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) had to sue Harris County (Houston) to obtain voter lists there. Halfway through its examination, PILF found that 1,000 noncitizens’ names had recently been purged. Those removals came years, even decades, after the illegal registrations had been certified.

Similar problems fester across the country. FAIR cited a 2014 national study that estimated 6.4 percent of noncitizens voted in the 2008 presidential election. At that rate today, 1.5 million of the 24,640,000 noncitizens (2018 figure) in the U.S. could be casting ballots – and that doesn’t count illegal aliens.

How many will actually vote this year? The smart bet would be to take the “over” (as they say in Las Vegas). But even one illegal voter is too many. As FAIR concluded: “Several past elections – for the presidency and other offices – have been extremely close. Ballots cast by aliens cancel out citizens’ votes and have the potential to improperly alter the outcome.”

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

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