Only Americans should be electing American leaders, but that isn’t happening.
Real foreign influence in elections: thousands of non-citizens registered and voting in Virginia.
A new report released today documents that in Virginia alone, 5,556 voter registrations were cancelled because of citizenship defects. Many of those cancelled had gotten on the voter rolls despite saying on their voter registration form that they were an alien and not eligible to vote.
Voter history records also show that many thousands of ballots were cast by registrants removed for citizenship defects.
A total of 7,474 illegal ballots, in fact.
Even worse, the report documents the extensive efforts by state and local election officials to conceal the extent of noncitizen registration and voting.
These efforts include internal emails that revealed an intent to alter public records to hide the full extent of noncitizen cancellations.
The report released by the Public Interest Legal Foundation notes that the 5,556 registrants removed from Virginia’s voter rolls for citizenship defects aren’t the only illegally registered non-citizens — just the ones caught by accident after later acknowledging their alien status.
So you may think there should have been hundreds, or even thousands, of voter fraud prosecutions in Virginia in the last few years. Again, you’d be wrong. . . .
Voter fraud deniers use this absence of prosecutions to argue that voter fraud doesn’t exist. The referrals by Fairfax election officials provide an excellent example of how the lack of prosecution is meaningless data for determining the extent of voter fraud.
Voter fraud is no myth; the evidence clearly shows that non-citizens are illegally registering and voting. The question is whether Democrats like Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and federal prosecutors, will continue to deny and ignore this evident voter fraud.
“We should have clean elections where only people who are eligible to vote are voting. That’s not happening… The whole system is working against clean elections.”
On Fox and Friends April 23. Watch here.
A Post-Election Audit Report by North Carolina’s State Board of Elections shows 508 illegal votes cast in the 2016 general election:
- 441 cases of voting by suspected active felons
- 41 non-citizens cast ballots
- 24 substantiated cases of double-voting
- Two cases of voter impersonation
According to the report, the non-citizens found to have illegally voted “were matched to the Department of Homeland Security’s [SAVE] database using information obtained from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).” Such matching done prior to the election could have eliminated ineligible non-citizens from the voter rolls before they cast illegal ballots.
The NCSBE also reported that mail ballot “irregularities” in Bladen County have been referred to federal prosecutors for criminal investigation.
Once again we see that illegal and fraudulent voting is not “non-existent.”
Logan Churchwell, a spokesman for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, urged public officials not to be complacent.
“If it weren’t a problem, the number would be zero,” he said. “Not only is it above zero, but [it includes] things that are not supposed to be able to happen, like dead people voting. That’s supposed to be a punchline.”
Motor voter strikes again, this time in Nevada, where a liberal interpretation – or misinterpretation – of the National Voter Registration Act led Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles employees to process voter registration applications from self-identified non-citizens, some of whom later illegally voted.
Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has instructed the DMV to “cease immediately” accepting and processing voter registration materials from driver’s license applicants who present Green Cards as identification. That should be a no-brainer. Non-citizens aren’t eligible to register or vote.
But Cegavske said that in March her office got from the DMV “a list of just over 100 people statewide who: (1) presented evidence of non-citizenship while obtaining services from the DMV; and (2) completed a voter registration application while at the DMV.”
DMV Director Terri Albertson’s response to Cegavske reveals the liberal sources of the misinterpretation (emphasis added):
For the past year, we have worked in cooperation with your office, our Deputy Attorney Generals, and representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Demos, Project Vote, League of Women Voters, and Mi Familia Vota Education to bring the Department into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The NVRA requires each driver’s license application, including any renewal application, to serve as a simultaneous application for voter registration. In accordance with the NVRA and our memorandum of understanding with the parties noted above, the Department is required to submit the application regardless of completeness to State election officials for them to assess the eligibility of the applicant.
The same left-wing groups that sue states to accept voter registration applications from even self-identified non-citizens also fight any efforts by states to verify voter registrants’ citizenship – whether by requiring would-be voters to provide proof of citizenship when registering, or by allowing state election officials to match voter rolls to the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database, or even by using non-citizens’ own acknowledgements on jury recusal forms to remove ineligible aliens from voter rolls.
The left doesn’t even want non-citizens who register to vote “under penalty of perjury” – as the NVRA also requires – to be held responsible for breaking the law. Even when non-citizens illegally vote, the left brushes off their crimes as “honest mistakes” and “misunderstandings” and declares any penalty “intimidation.”
The honor system isn’t enough to prevent ineligible people from registering and voting.
Yes, non-citizens do illegally register and vote – often more than once – and are usually only caught by chance.
That was the case with Victor David Garcia Bebek, who pleaded guilty to voter fraud for illegally voting in three Kansas elections while a citizen of Peru. He was caught after he registered to vote again at his naturalization ceremony.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach – whose law requiring Kansans to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote has been blocked by a federal judge – obtained Bebek’s conviction using his authority to prosecute voter fraud cases. Kobach is the only Secretary of State in the country with that authority.
Kobach found that Bebek illegally voted three times: in a 2012 special election and the 2012 and 2014 general elections. He was a Peruvian national at the time who voted in Sedgwick County, according to Kobach.
Kobach said the way the case was discovered because Bebek became a U.S. citizen earlier this year. At his naturalization ceremony, he was offered the chance to register to vote in Sedgwick County.
“This gentleman did so, and then when the Sedgwick County election office went back to the office to enter his information, they found that he had been on the voter rolls since 2011,” Kobach said.
Once again, a check box and the honor system failed to keep an ineligible non-citizen from casting illegal votes.
A Nigerian citizen was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for allegedly illegally reentering the U.S. after being deported and subsequently committing both tax and voter fraud. The federal indictment says that Kevin Kunlay Williams voted in both the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. Williams was deported from the U.S. in 1995…
It seems Williams pulled off his voter fraud the same way other aliens who illegally register and vote do, by simply claiming to be a citizen.
According to the indictment, in 1999, Williams illegally returned to the United States from Nigeria using the last name Williams. In 2012, Williams allegedly registered to vote in federal, state and local elections by falsely claiming that he was a U.S. citizen and is alleged to have voted in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.
The honor system isn’t working to keep non-citizens off the voter rolls.
Records show that aliens have illegally registered to vote (and voted) in Virginia. They were only caught by accident.
Yet Virginia’s Democrat governor, Terry McAuliffe, and the state’s Commissioner of Elections Edgardo Cortes, a McAuliffe appointee, aren’t interested in increasing transparency and accountability.
J. Christian Adams joined WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall with Brian Wilson to explain:
”We are trying to get to the bottom of how many aliens are on the rolls. Unfortunately, the Governor of Virginia and his state election director Cortes have been stonewalling and hiding the ball and forcing us to go and beat them in federal court, which we have done. They’re hiding information about alien voting. The public records show that Virginia counties have had to remove thousands of aliens from the rolls that they caught by accident. This isn’t even a program to find them. Not only have they caught them, they’ve been voting. We published the names of these people.”
“People say there’s no voter fraud. Read our report. We show you the names. . . . Some people mark on their forms no, I am not a citizen, and they’re still getting registered to vote in Virginia.”
“The Governor and election director have exactly the wrong attitude about this. People don’t want aliens on the rolls, they want government to do a good job and get them off. McAuliffe and Cortes are doing exactly the opposite. They’re hiding information, they’re giving instructions to local registrars to not reveal information. . . . This is exactly the wrong attitude. We know there’s aliens on the rolls. Everybody ought to be interested in enforcing the law.”
“The Governor of Virginia – in an election year – is doing everything he can to preserve vulnerabilities in the Virginia voting system.”
Listen to the entire interview here, starting at the 7:45 mark.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has found hundreds of non-citizens illegally registered and voting in his state – something the Left claims never happens – by looking:
Secretary Husted is the first of the Ohio’s chief elections officials to initiate a review of Ohio’s Statewide Registered Voter Database (SWRVD) to identify non-citizens on the voter rolls. This is the third review Secretary Husted’s administration has conducted. . . .
The Secretary of State’s office has been able to identify these non-citizens on the rolls using information provided by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) as applicants are required to provide documentation of their legal presence with their application for a state identification or drivers’ license. The non-citizens were identified by the Secretary of State’s Office using a double confirmation process, which requires a registered voter to have provided documentation to the BMV themselves indicating that they are a non-U.S. Citizen two times before being flagged.
Since 2013, Husted has uncovered 821 non-citizens registered to vote in Ohio; 126 illegally cast ballots. The 82 non-citizens found this year to have illegally registered and voted “will be immediately referred to state and federal law enforcement officials for further investigation and possible prosecution.”
But there are likely more non-citizens on Ohio’s voter rolls that Husted’s reviews haven’t been able to find, “given the lack of access to more real-time data maintained by the federal government.”
In February and July of 2015, Secretary wrote then-President Barack Obama requesting that the states be given real-time access to accurate, searchable, electronic databases of non-citizens who have valid Social Security numbers so that they may distinguish between citizens and lawfully-present non-citizens. That same year, Secretary Husted also testified before a congressional committee about how this type of data can be used by the states to properly maintain their respective voter rolls. In the coming weeks, Secretary Husted plans to renew his call for access to this information.
The new administration is likely to be much more responsive to such requests.
The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed last week that the government can deport non-citizens who illegally register and vote. But non-citizens never vote, right? Wrong:
Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick had registered to vote in Illinois, and had even cast ballots in two federal elections, despite being a citizen of Peru, not the U.S.
That was enough to trigger an American law that allows the government to kick out non-citizens who vote illegally, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
Like non-citizen Rosa Maria Ortega who was just convicted of illegally voting in Texas, the voter registration honor system enabled Fitzpatrick to register and vote just by checking a box.
Ms. Fitzpatrick had registered to vote when she went to get a driver’s license. Under the federal motor-voter law, she was given the option to check a box signaling she was a citizen and wanted to vote.
Also like Ortega, Fitzpatrick was only discovered when she outed herself, admitting on her application for citizenship that she had illegally registered and voted.
“This case demonstrates how difficult it is to pursue non-citizen voting crimes without verification measures in voter registration and a federal government that has expressed clear disinterest in combating the problem until now,” said PILF President J. Christian Adams. “The Trump administration has the right and responsibility to study the true extent of illegal voting by ineligible persons. Hopefully, this case marks a new chapter for election integrity in the years ahead.”