Group Sues Houston for Noncitizen Voter Records



Texas’s largest county was sued Thursday for failing to identify noncitizens on its voting rolls.

In Houston, the Public Interest Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit against the Harris County Voter Registrar for failing to disclose noncitizen registered voter records as required under federal law.

“Harris County has previously admitted a problem with noncitizen registration and voting,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “The question is not if, but how many noncitizens are participating.”

On multiple occasions, noncitizen voter registration and voting has been documented in the county:

  • In April 2015, a sample of 13 cases was presented in which individuals admitted to noncitizenship, or refused to declare their status when applying for voting, yet were registered anyway. The registrar’s office has admitted that noncitizen voting “has and will continue to occur.”
  • In May 2015, county voter registration officials testified before the Texas House Elections Committee that “thousands” of noncitizens were discovered in the voter registration system annually. The names reportedly were handed over to the local district attorney for prosecution, but there is no record of prosecutions.

Despite the documented problems, Harris County refused PILF’s requests to inspect voter-registration records or to be furnished documents related to noncitizen registrations. The county’s actions appear to violate the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

Section 8 of the NVRA allows individuals to request inspection or seek copies of “records concerning the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring accuracy and currency of official lists of eligible voters.”

The Harris County Registrar had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.

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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.

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    The media and the left continue to promote the myth that there is “no evidence” that non citizens are voting and yet it has been proven in state after state, including thousands of votes cast in Virginia, which is enough to swing some races. Why should a citizen have their vote negated by a foreign national?

    Political campaigns get to look at the voter rolls, why not any citizen? Kind of hard to find out if it is going on if you cannot check. On the other hand, the media and the left continue to claim that attempts to make sure people are legally registered is a plot to stop minorities from voting, in spite of the fact that they cannot come up with cases where that is happening. Almost every state has private or public organizations that will assist, for free, anyone having trouble coming up with a birth certificate.

    It’s also stunning how clueless Hillary continues to be. Now she says that those telling her she needs to shut up, including many Democratic women, wouldn’t say that about a man. No, they simply want her to stop telling the public that anyone who didn’t vote for her is an ignorant hillbilly.

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    assholes, you better release that information….illegal aliens are NOT ALLOWED TO VOTE