Study: Thousands of foreign nationals were registered to vote in 13 jurisdictions

Study: Thousands of foreign nationals were registered to vote in 13 jurisdictions

By Molly Prince

More than 3,000 foreign nationals were removed from voter rolls across 13 sanctuary jurisdictions from 2006 to 2018, according to Public Interest Legal Foundation research released Monday.

The study, which collected data on 13 sanctuary cities and counties in seven different states, discovered that approximately 3,120 non-U.S. citizens had been removed, and that some of those non-citizens had cast votes in U.S. elections. The breakdown of jurisdictions and foreign voters removed is as follows:

  • Arlington, Virginia — 145 voters
  • Chesterfield County, Virginia — 321 voters
  • Chicago, Illinois — 232 voters
  • DeKalb County, Georgia — 11 voters
  • Essex County, New Jersey — 107 voters
  • Fairfax County, Virginia — 1,334 voters
  • Middlesex County, New Jersey — 346 voters
  • New York, New York — 6 voters
  • Ocean County, New Jersey — 3 voters
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — 317 voters
  • Riverside County, California — 6 voters
  • San Diego County, California — 264 voters
  • San Francisco County, California — 28 voters

Further trends were uncovered indicating that foreign nationals are frequently compelled to enroll by governmental assistance and voter registration initiatives. Moreover, those foreign nationals routinely remained on the voter rolls unless they self-reported to authorities. (RELATED: Supremes Uphold Ohio Voter Purge Law)

The study cites the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) as a major reason for foreign nationals appearing so frequently on the rolls. The NVRA, commonly known as the “Motor Voter” law, was signed in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton and necessitates that states offer voter registration applications to any person applying for a driver’s license.

“The failures of Motor Voter are clearly visible in sanctuary cities,” Public Interest Legal Foundation President J. Christian Adams said in a statement. “A terrible combination of bad Motor Voter enforcement, increasing chatter over noncitizen voting rights, and simple disregard for immigration law creates an environment for illegal voting.”

President Donald Trump has often claimed that voter fraud is a widespread issue in elections, while Democrats argue against that assertion.

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