Pennsylvania Sued Over Noncitizen Voters

Some 100,000 noncitizens are on the voter registration rolls in Pennsylvania. Now a lawsuit has been filed to determine the extent of illegal voting in the Keystone State.

State officials admitted last September that a “glitch” allowed individuals, regardless of citizenship status, to register to vote since the 1990s. A month after that revelation, Secretary of State Pedro Cortes resigned.

“For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about noncitizens registering and voting. That ends today,” said J. Christian Adams, president and general counsel for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, which sued the state on Monday.

A study by the Secretary of State’s office and Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation matched noncitizen driver’s license holders with records belonging to roughly 100,000 current voters in the statewide registration database.

Alleging that the Secretary of State’s office has continued to block federal public-inspection rights after Cortes’ resignation, Adams said PILF “hopes to finally get answers about the true scale of noncitizen voting in Pennsylvania and assist lawmakers in crafting reforms that fix it.”

In October 2016, PILF issued a report titled “Aliens and Felons.” It found that of the noncitizens registered to vote in Philadelphia, half had cast ballots in at least one election.

Pennsylvania officials have not commented on the lawsuit.

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Bob Dane :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.