Aliens at the Polls: Are Lax Rules Threatening the Integrity of Elections?

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Recent reports of noncitizens registering to vote and casting ballots in U.S. elections raise concerns about whether adequate safeguards are in place to prevent foreign nationals from voting in our elections. With each new revelation, evidence mounts that local and state agencies are unwilling or unable to secure their voting rolls.

Most recently, Pennsylvania officials admitted that noncitizen immigrants – legal and illegal — have registered to vote because of a “glitch” in the state’s electronic driver’s license system. The glitch has existed since the state launched its Motor Voter program in 1995.

Keystone State officials now say they’re on the case and that the glitch will be, according to the Associated Press, “completely fixed within several months.” Apparently, these things take time – like 22 years or so.

Meantime, lawmakers are pressing the Pennsylvania Department of State to divulge how many noncitizens are registered to vote or who voted. Officials say they cannot even hazard a guess.

Pennsylvania isn’t alone.

In May, the nonpartisan Public Interest Legal Foundation found 5,556 noncitizens had been quietly removed from Virginia’s voter rolls. A third of them had voted in at least one election. Lawsuits have been filed to force more removals.

In September, PILF identified 616 noncitizens listed in 11 New Jersey counties’ voter registration systems. Litigation challenging noncitizens voters is pending in North Carolina, Florida and Ohio.

A pattern of lackadaisical (or worse) voter-roll maintenance is emerging in sanctuary cities and locales where “progressive” politicians express newfound fealty for states’ rights and 10th Amendment.

In San Francisco, voters passed a 2016 proposition that grants illegal aliens with school-age children the right to vote in school board elections. Sanctuary cities in Maryland and in Chicago have similar rules.

Election integrity – like immigration enforcement – is not some frivolous local option.

Among the ways to ensure that noncitizens are not registering or voting would be to have state voter rolls regularly compared with federal immigration records. Some states attempt to do this through the Interstate Crosscheck program, but voluntary participation makes for spotty results. States must have access to federal lists of aliens who have been discovered and removed.

PILF said it could support a commonsense agreement that allows for the safe transmission of data from the Department of Homeland Security to states and locales to scrub noncitizens from voter rolls.

The ongoing presence of noncitizen immigrants on voting rolls is both an embarrassment and an indictment of the status-quo. Aliens gaining access to the ballot box undermines public confidence in our elections and makes a mockery of the democracy America markets to the world.

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Kenric joined FAIR in 2017. An investigative reporter and editor, Kenric has worked at three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers and two online news sites since earning a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. A California native and resident of Texas, Kenric's news reporting and commentaries have won first-place national and state journalism awards. His writing on immigration appears in news outlets across the country, including Fox News, Roll Call, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Immigration Daily, TownHall, Human Events and Houston Chronicle.

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    Not Politically Correct on

    Preserving election integrity; another reason for voter ID laws. It’s not voter suppression it’s common sense.

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      The best voter ID, is to use a thumb print as ID Photo’s change,prints don’t. With thumb print machines,you know in seconds who the person is. Also you can check if they voted in other states.

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    So more Americans have been killed in a terrorist attack carried out by someone that crooked, corrupt members of our government never should have brought into our country. When are the crooked, corrupt members of congress going to do the job they are paid to do and protect the lives of the American people?

    When are losing soldiers on a regular basis, including four Green Berets recently, and spending trillions of dollars to prevent terrorist attacks, and then the corrupt fools in congress turn around and bring terrorists into our country who go on to kill Americans. Disgusting. I wonder how they can live with themselves.

    And this attack never would have happened in a country like Japan, a country that has never had a terrorist attack carried out by an Islamic terrorist, because the Japanese have allowed very few Muslims to immigrate to Japan. The Japanese understand the concept that an Islamic terrorist cannot carry out a terrorist attack in Japan if they aren’t in Japan in the first place. They are a lot smarter than we are and haven’t been emasculated by political correctness.

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      You are correct SecBorders. You can thank stupid politicians like Ted Kennedy & Chuck Schumer, & the majority of the rest of the democratic party for literally giving this country away. They do have enough intelligence to know that the average American voter would not support the stupid, marxist/socialist/OWO/globalist agenda propagated by these unAmerican, liberal extremist politicians, so they learned early on, they would have to employ the help of foreign immigrants coming into the country, who knows absolutely nothing about the politics of this country,. They are told by democrats in the different branches of government about all the freebies available to them, made possible by the democrats, soooo- – – – – whom do you think they are going to vote for, when the democrats gets through brainwashing them on who to vote for. It must have back-fired on them this past Nov. They were so sure Queen Hilary had it in the bag, they believed all the polls, that showed her way ahead, until they just didn’t think there was any need to pull off any of their shady, fraudulent deals at the voting box.