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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Illegal Voters Could Have Changed the Senate

Control of the U.S. Senate was up for grabs last November, and illegal voters thankfully did not tip the balance. Estimates show that more than 14 percent of non-citizens were registered to vote in the elections of 2008 and 2010. That could have easily exceeded the margin of victory in tight Senate races, and probably did in Virginia! Illegal votes produce a bonanza of additional votes for Democrats. Democrats typically win more than 80 percent of the votes cast by non-citizens. Al Franken won a U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota by a margin of only 312 votes in 2008.

The Washington Post reported about new non-partisan research by Old Dominion University which uncovered a shocking amount of voting by non-citizens, which, of course, is illegal. Congress has sensibly limited voting in federal elections to only American citizens. This study concluded that voter ID alone will not eliminate voting by non-citizens, because voter ID does not require proof of citizenship, such as a passport or birth certificate. But that loophole is easily closed by requiring proof of citizenship when people register to vote, just as you must show proof of citizenship in order to get a passport.

Several states enacted common-sense provisions in order to strengthen voter integrity in the next election. The U.S. Supreme Court denied an attempt to block voter ID from going into effect in Texas, so at least Texas was able to limit mischief at their polls. Other states weren’t so fortunate. Wisconsin passed a voter ID law that was upheld by the Seventh Circuit, but the U.S. Supreme Court then blocked that good law from going into effect last November. Voting by non-citizens is completely unacceptable and reduces the voting strength of real American citizens to vote for their representatives.

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