A “not insignificant” number of non-citizens voted in the presidential election, expert study extrapolates

How many non-citizens voted in the November presidential election? Less than 3 million but significantly more than zero, reports the Washington Times:

Political scientist Jesse Richman of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, has worked with colleagues to produce groundbreaking research on noncitizen voting, and this week he posted a blog in response to Mr. Trump’s assertion.


Based on national polling by a consortium of universities, a report by Mr. Richman said 6.4 percent of the estimated 20 million adult noncitizens in the U.S. voted in November. He extrapolated that that percentage would have added 834,381 net votes for Mrs. Clinton, who received about 2.8 million more votes than Mr. Trump.


Mr. Richman calculated that Mrs. Clinton would have collected 81 percent of noncitizen votes.

If 6.4 percent of 20 million adult non-citizens voted in November, that would mean 1,280,000 non-citizens were able to illegally register and cast ballots in the presidential election.


These figures are just estimates extrapolated from 2008 data, as Richman makes clear in his blog, but they point to a real problem of ineligible non-citizens being added to voter registration rolls around the country.


Another source quotes Richman citing a much smaller but still significant number of illegal votes cast by non-citizens – certainly enough to affect the outcomes of close state and local elections, and worth looking into:

“Maybe 100,000 (ballots), maybe a little more to the Hillary Clinton margin. Not insignificant, but on the other hand, way below the kind of levels of fraud that Trump is alleging,” said Richman.


Richman believes an investigation into voter fraud would prove that.

So what is the actual number of non-citizens registering and voting? And how is it happening? Maybe a check box and the honor system aren’t sufficient safeguards against federal felonies. Let’s find out.


Richman at least agrees with the Trump team that a federal government review of voting rolls to find out how and how many non-citizens are registering and voting (as both Vice President Pence and President Trump have indicated the new administration will pursue) will give America’s voters an accurate picture of the problem.