According to testimony submitted Monday in a lawsuit by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, Pennsylvania officials have admitted over 100,000 non-citizens have been registering to vote in the state.
The PILF argued that non-citizens have been voting in Pennsylvania for decades. That problem has been evident in other states the organization has worked with. Those states include New Jersey and Virginia.
State officials have previously stonewalled PILF requests for access to the data that could expose the problem.
PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams stated:
“For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about non-citizens registering and voting. That ends today.”
Adams said the state already admitted that it allowed non-citizens renewing their driver’s licenses to have the opportunity to register to vote.
The American Thinker explains:
J. Christian Adams, a former federal prosecutor, through his work with the Public Interest Legal Foundation, is leading an effort to expose the extent of aliens voting in federal elections. For unexplained reasons, the officials are stonewalling release of official data. It appears that they have evidence already that should alarm everyone concerned with election integrity. This had far more influence than any Russian ads on Facebook.
February 26, 2018: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a lawsuit today against the Pennsylvania Department of State for failing to disclose a reported 100,000 noncitizen registered voter records under federal law (PILF v. Torres et. al. 1:18-cv-00463).
The Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS) refused the PILF’s rights to inspect or be furnished documents related to non-citizen registered voters either reporting their own unlawful activities or discovered thanks to a joint study with the Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The latter effort has reportedly revealed 100,000 cases of non-citizens currently registered to vote in the Commonwealth. The DOS’ actions constitute an apparent violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
A core concern for the lawsuit stems from a report by City of Philadelphia Commissioner Al Schmidt to the Pennsylvania Assembly in 2017, which detailed how a DOS/PennDOT study of noncitizen driver’s license holders matched records belonging to roughly 100,000 current voters in the statewide registration database.
The DOS/PennDOT study was triggered in September 2017 after Pennsylvania officials admitted to a “glitch” that offered voter registration opportunities to all PennDOT customers regardless of citizenship status since the 1990s. Prior to the study, election officials only took actions to remove ineligible noncitizens from the rolls after they self-reported their statuses. A full accounting of how many registered and voted remains unclear due to the DOS’ intentionally limited transparency.
“For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about non-citizens registering and voting—that ends today,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Before this lawsuit, the State admitted to a ‘glitch’ that exposed thousands of driver’s license customers to voter registration offers despite their non-citizen status since the 1990s. The Secretary of State abruptly resigned. DOS officials blocked federal public inspection rights. The PILF hopes to finally get answers about the true scale of non-citizen voting in Pennsylvania and assist lawmakers in crafting reforms that fix it.”
While Pennsylvania refused PILF record requests, the group did manage to obtain data from some counties, and found several curious cases.
One man, Felipe Rojas-Orta, cancelled his registration last year, filing a handwritten note saying he was not a citizen. He had, however, registered as a Democrat and voted in three separate elections, including most recently 2016, the year of the presidential race.
In addition, one woman had her registration cancelled in 2006 as a non-citizen. She then re-registered to vote twice and cast ballots in some elections. That woman, a registered Democrat, is still active in the system, the lawsuit says.
Another woman voted in 2008 and 2012. She had her registration cancelled in 2014 because she wasn’t a citizen. She then re-registered and voted in 2016, according to documents filed in court. She was registered as a Democrat.
“Time has run out on the Pennsylvania’s effort to hide embarrassing data about how the State failed citizens and immigrants alike,” said PILF’s spokesman Logan Churchwell. “The electorate deserves an informed debate on how we address unlawful noncitizen participation in our elections. Seeking this information is step one.”
Voter fraud has been rampant.
Trump disbanded the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on Jan. 3 and asked the Department of Homeland Security to review its initial findings.
It will determine the next courses of action. The Commission was plagued by infighting, multiple lawsuits and push-back from many states. Slowly but surely, the information is coming through.