A new report by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) and Virginia Voters Alliance (VVA) has discovered an “alien invasion in Virginia” and the subsequent coverup by the state in allowing non-U.S. citizens to vote.
In the investigation, both PILF and VVA “found 1,046 aliens who registered to vote illegally.” And that was only a small sample, only across eight counties in the state who responded to the requests.
“The problem is most certainly exponentially worse because we have no data regarding aliens on the registration rolls for the other 125 Virginia localities,” the report states. “Even in this small sample, when the voting history of this small sample of alien registrants is examined, nearly 200 verified ballots were cast before they were removed from the rolls. Each one of them is likely a felony.”
Virginia is like most states in that it doesn’t have a formal program that helps identify non-citizens who are registering illegally. The only safeguard — and that term is used very loosely here — is a small check box to indicate if you are a citizen:
“There is plenty of blame to go around. One culprit, however, is glaringly obvious—federal and state voter registration forms, which ask registrants to affirm their citizenship with nothing more than the check of a box. No documentary proof of citizenship must be shown. It is nothing more than an honor system, one that is unquestionably failing to keep non-citizens from voting. States that have tried to remedy this problem by asking registrants to prove their citizenship with documentary proof have uniformly been stonewalled by litigation brought by our own Department of Justice and legions of attorneys working with left-leaning voter groups committed to keeping ineligible voters on the rolls.
So, not only are these illegal aliens committing a felony, they are having an affect on elections. As the report notes, “We discovered that 31 non-citizens had cast a total of 186 votes between 2005 and 2015. The most alien votes were cast in 2012, followed by 2008, the year President Obama was elected to his first term.” In the local Virginia attorney general race in 2013, the Republican Mark Obenshain was defeated by Democrat Mark Herring by only 165 votes.
The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), signed by President Bill Clinton, did what it was intended to by increasing the number of registered voters but it also increased the number of ineligible voters. This is the law that only required the honesty of the registrant to check a box. But if it weren’t for groups like PILF and VVA, the oversight happening in Virginia, and every other state, would continue to be obscured.
These two organizations ran into several roadblocks in trying to obtain the information for the report. One of those is the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) invoked by Virginia’s election commissioner Edgardo Cortes who prevented the watchdog groups from the access to the public records. Because the illegal aliens were prompted to register to vote when they applied for driver’s licenses at the DMV, the DPPA protects them.
“This is what a cover-up of alien voting looks like. State election officials are preventing public access not only to records showing the number of non-citizens who have successfully registered to vote, but also records showing how many of them voted prior to being removed from the registration rolls,” the report states.
The data the organizations did obtain represents “a minor snapshot of the problem.” The report published the names and registration cards of many non-citizens who had their voting privileges revoked in Virginia, but that's just the "tip of the iceberg:"
The problem is real and the solutions are simple. What is happening in Virginia is happening in every other state. Your vote is at risk and elected officials must act. You can help. Please contact your local election officials to ask what they are doing to ensure voter lists are accurate and free of ineligible voters.