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Lawsuit Filed Against PA for Registering 100,000 Noncitizens to Vote

It was a “glitch” in the system.

by Trey Sanchez

On Monday, a lawsuit was filed against the Pennsylvania Department of State by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) “for failing to disclose a reported 100,000 noncitizen registered voter records under federal law.”

PILF summarizes its lawsuit:

In summary, the Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS) refused the PILF’s rights to inspect or be furnished documents related to noncitizen registered voters either reporting their own unlawful activities or discovered thanks to a joint study with the Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The latter effort has reportedly revealed 100,000 cases of noncitizens currently registered to vote in the Commonwealth. The DOS’ actions constitute an apparent violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

PILF states that a DOS/PennDOT study “was triggered” back in September after a “glitch” allowed noncitizens applying for driver’s licenses to register to vote. This so-called glitch goes back to the 1990s.

“Prior to the study, election officials only took actions to remove ineligible noncitizens from the rolls after they self-reported their statuses,” PILF states. “A full accounting of how many registered and voted remains unclear due to the DOS’ intentionally limited transparency.”

PILF president J. Christian Adams said:

“For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about noncitizens registering and voting—that ends today. Before this lawsuit, the State admitted to a ‘glitch’ that exposed thousands of driver’s license customers to voter registration offers despite their noncitizen status since the 1990s. The Secretary of State abruptly resigned. DOS officials blocked federal public inspection rights. The PILF hopes to finally get answers about the true scale of noncitizen voting in Pennsylvania and assist lawmakers in crafting reforms that fix it.”

PILF alleges that at least half of the noncitizens registered to vote in Pennsylvania voted in the 2016 election. The foundation has also found similar violations in other states:

  • 5,556 noncitizen voters removed from the voting rosters in Virginia, where at least 33% voted in 2016 election
  • 1,069 noncitizen voters in New Jersey found in 2017

The Washington Times added two specific examples PILF announced in its lawsuit:

One man, Felipe Rojas-Orta, canceled his registration last year, filing a handwritten note saying he was not a citizen. He had, however, registered as a Democrat and voted in three separate elections, including most recently 2016, the year of the presidential race.

Another woman had her registration canceled in 2006 as a noncitizen, yet re-registered to vote twice — and cast ballots in some elections. That woman is still active in the system, the lawsuit says.

And yet, the Democratic Party has gone out of its way promising legal citizens that there is absolutely no voter fraud occurring anywhere. Thankfully, organizations like PILF are taking them to task and to court to prove them wrong.

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