The debate over noncitizens voting was a hot topic a few years ago in Frederick County, a prosperous Maryland suburb wedged between Washington’s urban metropolis and the state’s rural western gateway to the rest of America.
Conservative activists went to court to show that noncitizens were registering fraudulently to vote. A court employee met their request by turning over pages of residents’ names disqualified from jury duty because of alien status.
When those lists were compared with voting records for just three years — 2007, 2008 and 2011 — nearly 180 noncitizens were found to have registered to vote. Of those, 63 had voted, some in multiple elections. The 180 registered votes came from 1,400 disqualified noncitizens in those three years, a rate of 12.8 percent.
The issue of noncitizen voters has taken on national importance. President Trump, who said 3 million or so voted illegally in November, plans to name a federal task force to investigate.
Frederick County’s numbers offer a limited snapshot from a handful of jury pools, but they indicate that noncitizens are registered to vote and are casting ballots in states, which administer federal, state and local elections.
“Obviously, there are people on the voting rolls who have no business being on the voter rolls,” said conservative activist Daniel M. Gray, a lawyer who filed the lawsuit. “What needs to be determined is how extensive is this. How many noncitizens weren’t summoned for jury duty and went ahead and voted?” (continued here)
Have you heard of any prosecutions in Maryland for voter fraud? Well, there have supposedly been a few, but not related to this Washington Times story. Generally, what the news media does is pan any possibility that someone might even think of voter fraud.
Here are some examples from this region, Maryland in particular.
- Voter Fraud in DC, Maryland or Virginia? What Election Officials Say (nbcwashington.com)
- As Election Day Nears Voter Fraud Remains A Top Concern (baltimore.cbslocal.com)
- Trump’s attorney general pick shares some of the president’s voter fraud views. Here’s what that could mean. (washingtonpost.com)
The news media’s calmness with respect to voter fraud is strangely odd. Any other issue and they treat it as a crisis. Voter fraud? A strange exception.
In fact, the news media has made one odd exception with their reporting on voter fraud. They are quite willing to report on how Russia supposedly hacked our elections. They have even managed to produce voluminous reports without any evidence, none at all.
Are any politicians trying to do anything about voter fraud? Well, Virginia is my home state, and Delegate Rob Bell is certainly focusing on the issue.
Last week, Governor McAuliffe vetoed my House Bill 2343, which would require state officials to provide local registrars with the list of their voters who are also registered to vote in another state. You can read an article about the veto by clicking here.
This follows McAuliffe’s vetoes of a bill to require photo IDs for absentee ballots and a bill to investigate why some localities have more registered voters than voting-age residents. As of today, McAuliffe has vetoed more bills than any other Virginia Governor.
Think we should do all we can to clean up our voter rolls? Tell Governor McAuliffe by clicking here.
We will be taking up these vetoes and any other amendments when the General Assembly reconvenes in Richmond on April 5. While my bill was supported by every Republican Delegate and State Senator, we will need some additional help to get to the 2/3 we need to override the veto. If you have a Democratic representative (Delegate or State Senator), please encourage him to support the bill.
Delegate Rob Bell
If you are represented by any Democrat Liberals in the General Assembly, please let them know you want fraud-free elections and you would like to see the Governor’s vetoes overturned. If you are represented by any Republicans, please thank them.
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