Tag Archives: Voter Fraud

Non-citizens who vote illegally can be deported, federal court affirms

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.”

It’s Time for Only Citizens to Vote in Texas

We need citizenship verification in voter registration.

 

The conviction of Texas resident and Mexican national Rosa Maria Ortega for illegally registering and voting multiple times is the latest proof of why we need more than just a check box to make sure that only eligible citizens are registering and voting in American elections.

 

In Texas, home to more than 4.5 million immigrants, lawmakers are again proposing legislation to verify the citizenship of Texans registering to vote. Other state legislatures are considering similar proposals to prevent non-citizens like Ortega from illegally participating in elections.

The Ortega case perfectly demonstrates the necessity of these bills. The voter registration process is one of the remaining aspects of elections that still rely on the honor system. . . .

The honor system failed with Ortega and is failing across America. Unfortunately, this problem was created by the Motor Voter law in 1993 which made the failing honor system federal law.

More than half of Texas immigrants come from Mexico, a country that already requires proof of citizenship to join the voter registry and a government-issued photo voter ID to cast a ballot.

The only people who will suffer from citizenship verification laws are ineligible non-citizens who try to vote in our elections.

 

Just electing a new President does not fix the problems with the integrity of our elections. Washington isn’t the solution when it comes to election integrity anyhow—nor should it be.

 

If Texas’ voters want to see free and fair elections, they must demand them from Austin.

The same applies to voters in every other state.

Non-Citizen Voter Convicted in Texas is Tip of the Iceberg

No matter how much the Democrat Media Complex denies the existence of non-citizen voting, or any other voter fraud, the fact is that the alien found guilty last week of illegally voting in Texas is the tip of the iceberg.

 

The story of Rosa Maria Ortega, the Mexican national convicted of felony voter fraud after being caught registering and voting multiple times in Texas, is being downplayed or distorted by the “voter fraud is a myth” media, if covered at all.

 

But just because illegal voting by non-citizens is not being reported, and in many other cases not even being prosecuted, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

 

Take Virginia, for example, where (no thanks to some election officials) the Public Interest Legal Foundation found evidence that aliens had illegally registered and voted:

PILF asked over 20 counties to provide government documents showing the names and numbers of registrants canceled for citizenship problems.

Election officials stonewalled the requests.  So much for the truth.  This is one of the reasons why there is not as much evidence of voter fraud as there could be – collusion and obstruction by those who want to conceal the extent of voter fraud.

PILF had to sue election officials from three jurisdictions in federal court to obtain the records – Larry Haake from Chesterfield County and registrars in Manassas and Alexandria. . . . Haake and other election officials eventually capitulated to our lawsuits and turned over the requested data.  Counties which have not turned the data over are the next to be sued.

Yet PILF found no evidence that any illegally-voting aliens like Sharmina Akthar had ever been prosecuted.

Akthar voter record

How are ineligible non-citizens able to register and vote in Virginia, Texas, and anywhere else the federal registration form is used?

The problem with alien voting is exacerbated by the Motor Voter registration form.  On it, aliens merely check a box saying they are an American citizen, and they land on the rolls.  No questions asked.

When some states like Kansas and Georgia started asking questions about citizenship beyond the form, leftist groups like the League of Women Voters and Project Vote sued.

PILF already published a report containing summaries of the public information regarding alien voting cancellation in just eight Virginia counties.  CNN never came calling. (Fox did). Fake News doesn’t appreciate real news.  Since that report, more counties – including the three sued – have provided more information, and an updated report on alien voting will be forthcoming.

The Leftmedia can continue to deny that non-citizens register and vote, but the new administration and state legislatures across the country recognize this easily-resolved threat to honest elections and are taking steps to expose and prevent it.

Non-citizen illegally registered and voted, found guilty of voter fraud in Texas

Yes, non-citizens can and do illegally vote, because no one is checking their eligibility.

 

Mexican national Rosa Maria Ortega was just convicted in Tarrant County, Texas on two counts of felony voter fraud after illegally registering and voting multiple times. She cast five illegal ballots in Dallas County from 2004 through 2014 (a three-year statute of limitations prevented prosecution for the three earlier offenses).

 

Ortega was able to commit these state (and federal) felonies by simply checking a box on a form that said she is a citizen. No one checks whether the check boxes are true, no one verifies if applicants are in fact eligible citizens before signing them up to vote. It’s an honor system.

 

Ortega was only caught when she moved from Dallas to Tarrant County and illegally registered there by again checking the box claiming to be a citizen – after first submitting an application (which was rejected) acknowledging that she’s not a citizen. Tarrant County election officials were required by law to accept Ortega’s second application but contacted the district attorney’s office to initiate an investigation.

 

Ortega was sentenced to eight years in prison and a $5,000 fine, and after serving her time will be subject to deportation. Strong penalties won’t act as a deterrent, though, if ineligible voters know they’re unlikely to be caught.

 

Until the voter registration honor system is changed, non-citizens can and will continue to vote.

“Voter Fraud a Myth? That’s Not What New York Investigators Found”

In 2013, the New York City Department of Investigation tested the city’s voting system to see how susceptible it is to voter fraud. The results weren’t encouraging:

Ninety-seven percent of the barely disguised phony voters were allowed to vote unimpeded, and none was referred for criminal charges or officially reported to the Board of Elections. One can only imagine what a sharp operator trying to fix an election could do by flooding polling places with ineligible voters.

Why a major voter fraud investigation is long overdue: “Our honor system for voting doesn’t work”

How widespread does the problem have to be to warrant a “major investigation of voter fraud” into things like illegal registration and voting by non-citizens (both of which are federal crimes), or whether state and local election officials are ignoring federal requirements to maintain clean voter rolls, enabling voting by or in the names of ineligible people?

 

The number of illegal votes cast in 2016 may be less than 3 million, but it is certainly more than zero. As John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky explain, figuring out how, and how many, illegal votes are being cast is why the Trump administration’s announced investigation is overdue.

The real problem in our election system is that we don’t really know to what extent President Trump’s claim is true because we have an election system that is based on the honor system.

 

What we do know, despite assertions to the contrary, is that voter fraud is a problem, and both sides of the political aisle should welcome a real investigation into it — especially since the Obama administration tried so hard for eight years to obfuscate the issue and prevent a real assessment.

Fund and von Spakovsky say the Obama Justice Department’s “blatant attempts to prevent states from learning if they have a real problem with illegal votes” by, for example, stonewalling states’ requests to compare voter records to federal immigration databases and suing states that require voters to provide proof of citizenship, “makes it impossible to learn if significant numbers of noncitizens and others are indeed voting illegally, perhaps enough to make up the margin in some close elections.”

There is no question that there are dishonorable people who willing to exploit the loopholes in our honor system.  . . . How common is this? If only we knew. Political correctness has squelched probes of noncitizen voting, so most cases are discovered accidentally instead of through a systematic review of election records.

 

The danger looms large in states such as California, which provides driver’s licenses to noncitizens, including those here illegally, and which also does nothing to verify citizenship during voter registration. . . .

 

Conducting an investigation that will help resolve the size of the voter fraud problem is straightforward. The Department of Homeland Security should cooperate with states wanting to check the citizenship status of voters on their rolls. The Justice Department should put pressure on, or sue, counties and states that refuse to clean up their rolls. . . .

 

Our honor system for voting doesn’t work. We don’t know how big of a problem voter fraud really is because no systematic effort has ever been made to investigate it.  But the public doesn’t think it’s as insignificant as the media insists.

 

It’s time to learn more about just how many people are exploiting weaknesses that damage election integrity.

Ex-New Virginia Majority employee pleads guilty to felony voter fraud for filing fake registration applications

Vafalay Massaquoi pleaded guilty to three counts of felony voter fraud for filing fake voter registration forms in Alexandria while working for the progressive group New Virginia Majority.

 

As usual, a plea deal means the potential maximum 30-year prison sentence – according to voter fraud deniers, the big deterrent to felony fraud – was reduced dramatically, to 90 days in jail:

Massaquoi pleaded guilty to three felony counts: Two counts of forging a public record and one count of election fraud. Massaquoi was sentenced to serve five years in prison on each charge, with all but time already served suspended for the period of five years and upon the conditions that he remain on good behavior, that he comply with Adult Probation and that he complete 500 hours of community service… Massaquoi has served approximately 90 days in jail.