Votes from noncitizens have been found in Arizona after it emerged that hundreds of foreign nationals have been registered to vote in Maricopa County since 2015.
The nonprofit Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) uncovered the illegal votes.
PILF warns that a legal loophole in federal Motor Voter law is allowing noncitizens to register to vote at their local motor vehicle offices.
“Motor Voter leads to problems for immigrants across America,” PILF President J. Christian Adams said in a statement.
“Signing the wrong form at the DMV can haunt you years later when your naturalization process switches to deportation.
“For 30 years, foreign nationals have been getting registered to vote.
“Congress must modernize Motor Voter to reflect the technologies and demographics of today.”
Adams revealed that, so far, 222 noncitizens have admitted to local officials that they were on the voter rolls.
Of those, at least nine confirmed that they successfully voted in U.S. federal elections.
According to a just released report, 222 Maricopa County voters have self-reported they were registered to vote despite being foreign nationals.
Which begs the question, how many are noncitizens haven’t self-reported they are unlawfully register to vote?https://t.co/5C0AL5fsW0
— Jen Wright (@JenWEsq) April 25, 2023
Adams told The Washington Times that, unfortunately, there is no way to know how many other noncitizens are on the rolls in Maricopa County.
As the Times notes, Maricopa is America’s fourth most populous county.
“This is just more evidence that there is a problem that is not being adequately addressed,” Adams said.
Adams said that in implementing the law, some states make everyone eligible to vote.
The Times notes that in 2019, Pennsylvania found its voter rolls had more than 11,000 noncitizens.
In North Carolina, the Times reports, voter registration forms had the “citizen” box checked in advance, leading to noncitizens casting votes.
Adams said the issue is not how many noncitizens vote, however.
Rather, the problem is that there is not enough protection written in the Motor Voter law to prevent noncitizens from registering to vote in the first place.
“When you have a failure in the system, whether or not it’s rampant doesn’t matter when it involves foreigners voting in American elections,” he said.
“If this problem had been detected 10 years ago, or maybe 15 years ago, I think there would have been a quick bipartisan fix in Congress.
“But the Democrats have become so radicalized now about every voting issue in Congress.”
Meanwhile, according to WTOL-TV, Ohio has taken action to address the concern.
A new law that took effect on April 7 puts the label “noncitizen” on driver’s licenses issued to those who are not American citizens.
The state also requires voters to show ID at a polling place.
“I can tell you from my experience at the attorney general’s office that while voter fraud cases are indeed rare, the overwhelming majority of such cases involve noncitizen voting, sometimes even at the BMV through the motor-voter program; circumstances would then cascade when the application proceeds without catching that the applicant was a noncitizen, and the individual would eventually be sent a notice of their neighborhood polling place and be encouraged to cast a vote, leading some to do so and eventually being identified as an illegal noncitizen voter,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s spokesman Dan Tierney.
Virginia discovers nearly 19,000 dead people on voter rollshttps://t.co/Z7tkJVwn3t https://t.co/jRA3KEQqC2
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) April 20, 2023
Voter registration rolls are not always updated, as WTOP-TV reported.
As Slay News previously reported, Virginia recently found 18,990 dead people on the voter rolls.
The supposed voters were found by checking death records that went back to 1960.
“I knew that there was something there, but I didn’t know that it was this big,” Virginia Elections Commissioner Susan Beals said.
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