In a week of revelations, Pennsylvania has joined a growing list of states that have thousands of non-citizens registered to vote.
Yesterday, Metcalfe blasted the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf for belatedly acknowledging the large number of noncitizen voters in communications over the past two months.
The numbers, although not giant, help prove claims that President Trump and others have argued in the past. Critics claim that there is no such massive illegal voters out there, but this is just one of a growing list of states that have illegal voters registered on the rolls.
“Some of those Trump opponents don’t believe the latest numbers, particularly in Texas, where Hispanic activists sued to stop a potential purge of the noncitizen names that the state identified.
“It’s clear that the right-wing elements in Texas government are trying to rig the system to keep power and disenfranchise 95,000 American citizens,” said Domingo Garcia, national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens. “There is no voter fraud in Texas. It’s a lie repeated time and again to suppress minority voters, and we’re going to fight hard against it.”
Texas Secretary of State David Whitley used state driver’s license records, which include immigration status, and compared those with voter rolls, and Pennsylvania followed a similar process.
Many people argue that every single non-citizen who votes is like taking a citizen’s ballot and flushing it down the toilet.
The state did not release the names of the illegal voters to Mr. Metcalfe or Garth Everett, a Republican and chairman of the House State Government Committee, so there was no way to know how many of the 11,000+ noncitizens voted in elections.
“Demonstrating, much less discussing, noncitizen voting activity is the worst form of heresy one can commit for left-wing groups,” argued Logan Churchwell, director of communications and research at the Public Interest Legal Foundation. The group is involved in lawsuits in both states trying to get to the bottom of the criminal activity.
“It is the tip of the iceberg,” Tom Fitton, director Judicial Watch, said. “This shows the urgent need for citizenship verification for voting. The Department of Justice should follow up with a national investigation.”
“No state requires proof of citizenship to register to vote. A U.S. District Court judge last year struck down a law championed by then-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to require citizenship documentation. Kansas took the ruling to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.”
The Washington Times reported:
Texas, however, will take some verification steps in the future. The secretary of state every month will compare newly registered voters with federal immigration records at the Department of Homeland Security.
“This carries the benefit of being a report plus a reform,” Mr. Churchwell said. “This wasn’t a one-off research project. Texas will be actively screening for existing potential noncitizen registrants on a monthly basis, which is something we’ve long pushed for.”
A coalition of 13 liberal groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, has challenged Mr. Whitley’s methodology and called his findings suspect.
They said that since driver’s licenses are issued every six years in Texas, the person could have become a citizen after the immigration status was submitted to the Department of Public Safety. The League of United Latin American Citizens says in its lawsuit that more than 50,000 Texans are naturalized each year and that most of them vote in their first election.
To account for that, Mr. Whitley created a process for election boards to notify each of the 95,000 names and ask them to verify whether they are citizens and should remain on the rolls.
In Pennsylvania, the state’s Democrat-led administration has been less enthusiastic about confronting the issue.
After an earlier estimate put the number of noncitizens on state voting rolls at 100,000, Mr. Metcalfe made a right-to-know request under state law for the voter information. He was preparing to get the information early last year when the Wolf administration objected and went to court to try to keep it secret.
The state Commonwealth Court, an appellate panel, scheduled a hearing for last month — after the November elections. Just a week before the court hearing, the Wolf administration withdrew its appeal and announced that it would turn over the information.
Mr. Metcalfe said the timing was suspicious.
“This governor has been an obstructionist in revealing this information to the citizens, and thereby I believe a participant in allowing this fraudulent activity to occur because it benefits him and his party,” the lawmaker said.
The debate about the number of illegal voters in the country is riddled with confusion. The left argues (and they are typically benefited by illegal voters) that there is no problem. Those on the right suggest that millions of illegals are voting, especially in places like California, and skewing the congressional electorate.