That time WaPo wrote that illegal voters gave us the 60th Senate vote for Obamacare

That time WaPo wrote that illegal voters gave us the 60th Senate vote for Obamacare
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[Ed. – And, of course, other electoral outcomes that were probably decided by illegal voters.  Julia Hahn points out here that when WaPo says illegal voting doesn’t happen, they’re effectively disregarding their own reporting, and the academic study it was based on.]

A 2014 report published by the Washington Post documented how non-citizen foreign nationals voting in U.S. elections “likely gave” Democrats the critical 60th vote they needed to pass Obamacare.

The report explains that non-citizens who illegally voted in 2008, and who electorally “tended to favor Democrats”, could have handed the 2008 Minnesota Senate election to Al Franken, which gave Senate Democrats the “pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health-care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress,” the report writes.

The 2014 Washington Post article titled “Could Non-Citizens Decide The November Election?” was written by Jesse Richman and David Earnest, two associate professors of Political Science and International Studies at Old Dominion University. Their research relied upon data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES).

The professors found “that some non-citizens participate in U.S. elections, and that this participation has been large enough to change meaningful election outcomes including Electoral College votes, and Congressional elections.

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