Fred Lucas, reporting on an election fraud forum hosted by the Heritage Foundation, summed up the problem with voter fraud in general, and specifically about not verifying U.S. citizenship status of voters, this way:
“The Obama administration opposes states verifying citizenship status of registered voters. Inquiries into voter fraud are typically met with derision from both government and the media—and in at least one instance with prosecution. Prosecutors don’t prioritize voter fraud, while convictions only garner light sentences.”
One of the experts presenting at a forum was Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Fitton provided sobering statistics from a study by Old Dominion University and said that up to 15 percent of noncitizens in the U.S. are voting.
“A 2014 study by Old Dominion University found that 6.4 percent of all noncitizens voted in the 2008 election and 2.2 percent voted in the 2010 midterm elections. The study concludes this likely put Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat, over the top in the race in his 312-vote statewide victory over Republican Norm Coleman in 2008.
Fitton said, “Why on earth would you not want to make sure that only citizens are registered and voting? That to me shows that the Obama administration and the left generally, which is behind this, wants to be able to steal elections if necessary. To me, that’s a crisis.”
John Fund, a National Review columnist, offered an explanation as to why voter fraud prosecutions are rare. Fund said that such cases “can be politically disadvantageous to elected district attorneys.”
“Most prosecutors run for election. The last thing you want to do is take on voter fraud cases which are highly politicized and infuriate half the people in your community on partisan basis. Judges require incredible standards of proof and often the sentences of the few people who are convicted of voter fraud are community service.”
Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow with the Heritage Foundation, pointed to the U.S. Justice Department for waging war against election integrity. He said,
“There has been a war being waged against election integrity for the past decade. The leader in this has been the U.S. Justice Department. Instead of making sure every voter can vote and that no one’s vote is stolen through fraud, they have been on the other side of that, waging war against any efforts to prove election integrity.”
Civitas has not ignored this problem. Nearly two years ago, in January 2015, Civitas called on the Legislature to enact legislation that requires people registering to vote to provide satisfactory evidence of U.S. citizenship. We pointed to the evidence of illegal voters on North Carolina’s official voter rolls coming to light days before the 2014 General Election.
“Barely two weeks before Election Day 2014, the State Board of Elections (SBOE) acknowledged the discovery of 145 voters on the official voter list who appeared to be noncitizens and belonged to a federal program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Furthermore, the SBOE announced it had discovered more than 10,000 additional registered voters whose citizenship status was questionable, and, after analysis, 15 percent were believed to be noncitizens. In light of this evidence and of President Obama’s recent executive action that will expand the DACA program, it is vital that the legislature continue its work to secure North Carolina’s elections and require voters to prove citizenship when they register.”
As North Carolinians, we have been focused on a requirement for voters to provide an ID when they vote. Voters in North Carolina and across the nation believe voter ID is a commonsense provision and a small step in the right direction when it comes to securing elections and protecting election integrity. What we haven’t done is look at the growing problem of non-citizens registering to vote – and voting. It’s understandable really: We couldn’t even save the weak voter ID law settled on in 2015.
Non-citizens voting in our elections is a clear and present danger. Our laws are so weak that no one knows how many non-citizens are on the voter rolls – consequently, no one knows how many of them vote. Will they change the outcome of this year’s election?