President Trump has repeatedly committed to addressing one of the most pressing political issues for conservative Americans–cracking down on voter fraud. Despite the mainstream media’s assertion that voter fraud accusations are baseless, a number of concrete incidents have been unearthed in the last several months.
According to the Washington Times, over 200 non-citizen residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, admitted to having registered to vote over the last decade–and at least 90 actually cast ballots. These persons registered to vote through the state’s motor vehicle bureau and were allowed to cast ballots on election day by presenting their driver’s license.
City Commissioner Al Schmidt, who also sits on Philadelphia’s three-member election commission, said on Wednesday that most of these non-citizen voters registered to vote at the time of signing up for a driver’s license. Philadelphia allows legal permanent residents and long-term visitors to obtain a state driver’s license.
The National Voter Registration Act of 1993, commonly referred to as the “Motor Voter Act,” requires state governments to offer voter registration to residents at the time of applying for or renewing a driver’s license, as well as when applying for public assistance.
However, motor vehicle personnel are not allowed to dissuade individuals from signing up to vote, which has the potential of encouraging non-citizens to register to vote.
Schmidt explains that the incidents of illegal voter registration were discovered when these persons contacted the election commission to have their registrations canceled. These requests may have to do with difficulties citizenship candidates run into if they’re discovered to have been illegally registered to vote.
As Fox News reports, 317 non-citizen voters have contacted the Philadelphia election commission since 2006 to request cancellation of their voter registration. Schmidt says 220 were registered to vote between 2006 and 2017.
These individuals’ voting records were subsequently examined. According to Schmidt, 44 of them voted in one election and 46 voted in more than one election. It is unknown how these ballots affected their respective elections.
Schmidt vocalized the danger this poses to the integrity of American elections. “This is a real concern,” the city councilman said. “It is harmful to election integrity, and it is harmful to members of the immigrant community who are applying for citizenship. If you’ve registered to vote in the US, and you’re not a citizen, it’s potential grounds for the denial of your citizenship application.”
Schmidt emphasized the strong possibility that the city’s election fraud issue goes beyond the 317 persons who asked to have their voter registrations canceled. He suggested there are illegally-registered non-citizens who simply have not reported their situation. Schmidt also believes this is an issue throughout the country.
Many cases of voter registration fraud and non-citizen voting have been proven across the country. Is illegal voting a problem in our national elections?
According to the New York Times, a Texas legal permanent resident was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined $5,000 after she illegally voted in the 2012 and 2016 elections. She even served as a poll worker. The woman faces certain deportation.
As seen on Twitter, President Trump has asserted that “millions” of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. Trump’s detractors have criticized his voter fraud allegations. While it is not certain whether there were millions of incidents, it is now proved that illegal voting did take place during the election.