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Could Non-Citizens Change the Election?

October 31, 2014

According to a new study from researchers at Old Dominion University, 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election, and 2.2 percent voted in the 2010 midterm elections. According to the study, the noncitizen vote likely tipped the scales for Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), who won his tight Senate race by just 312 votes. Eighty percent of noncitizens lean Democratic.

John Fund at National Review says the problem of illegal voting could influence next week's elections:

  • In North Carolina, officials have so far uncovered 145 illegal aliens registered to vote in the state, and hundreds more may be on the voting rolls. The North Carolina Senate race is one of the tightest races in the country this election season.
  • The Old Dominion study suggested that noncitizens might have won Obama the state of North Carolina in 2008. The President won the state by a little over 14,000 votes. Had 5.1 percent of North Carolina's noncitizens turned out to vote, they could have provided him with the victory.
  • In 2011, nearly 5,000 illegals voted in Colorado's U.S. Senate election.
  • According to a 2005 study from the Government Accountability Office, up to 3 percent of those called for jury duty off of voter registration rolls were actually noncitizens.
  • Similarly, a Fort Myers, Florida, NBC station found that there were at least 100 noncitizens in one Florida county who were dismissed from jury duty because they were noncitizens -- yet they were also registered to vote. One of those noncitizens told the station that she voted in elections every year.
  • In 1996, Democrat candidate Loretta Sanchez won a congressional race by 979 votes. But a House Committee on Oversight investigation found 624 invalid noncitizen ballots were cast in the race, in addition to 124 improper absentee ballots. Circumstantial evidence indicated that there were 196 other noncitizen votes.

Filmmaker James O'Keefe just recently uncovered campaign operatives in North Carolina willing to help illegals vote, writes Fund. When he sent a staffer into Charlotte undercover, posing as a noncitizen who wanted nonetheless to vote, the campaign manager for the Democrat running for sheriff in North Carolina's Mecklenburg County offered to help him.

Source: John Fund, "Non-Citizens Are Voting," National Review, October 30, 2014.


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