The surprise isn’t that non-citizens are voting in our elections, its that a reporter for a mainstream media news organization is investigating, verifying and reporting on voter fraud.
It really is no surprise that there is voter fraud or that non-citizens register to vote and vote in the U.S. In Florida, as in North Carolina, there is no requirement to prove one’s citizenship in order to register and vote. As in Florida, North Carolina only asks a registrant to check a box, attesting to the fact that they are a citizen – it’s called the honor system.
In the NBC2 news clip, non-citizens admit to voting and one, though she claims she doesn’t know how she is registered, had voted six times. Another voter said that it was “their” fault that he was registered, but the reporter had a copy of his registration form that the voter had signed and it was clear that he had indicated that he was a U.S. Citizen with a check of a box.
Andy Pierrotti, the NBC2 reporter that headed up the investigation, used jury excusal forms and compared them to the voter rolls to find the illegal voters. Something similar was done in North Carolina in 2012. Click here to read an earlier blog and contrast Laura Leslie, the WRAL reporter’s reaction to the possibility of voter fraud to the reporter investigating the fraud in Florida.
And, click here to read a blog about Gary Bartlett’s, the former director of the State Board of Elections, reaction to a Project Veritas video showing proof of non-citizens being registered to vote in North Carolina. The video includes a great segment of a “voter/actor” who was almost forced to vote although he kept insisting that he wanted to show his Columbian passport. The former director wanted an investigation into Project Veritas – not so much the illegal voters.
North Carolina took a step toward promoting integrity in elections in the last legislative session. They should now move to require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.