A new report out from an investigation in Virginia by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) and the Virginia Voter’s Alliance (VVA) shows that in just eight Virginia counties who responded to public inspection requests they found 1046 aliens who registered to vote illegally. This doesn’t include the other 125 counties in Virginia that they were unable to access public inspection requests. Virginia like other states doesn’t verify citizenship and doesn’t require voter ID.
In 2013 the Virginia Attorney Generals race was decided by only 165 votes.
“‘The recount is almost over, and in this contest for attorney general … it’s become apparent that our campaign is going to come up a few votes short,’ Obenshain said, noting that he’d already called Herring to offer his congratulations. ‘It was a vigorous and hardfought campaign, but it’s over.’ Obenshain’s concession will end a recount process that began on Nov. 5, when the two candidates were separated by a razor-thin election night margin. Herring defeated Obenshain by 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million votes cast, according to results certified by the Virginia Virginia Department of Elections on Nov. 25.” – Politico, December 18, 2013, covering Republican Mark Obenshain’s whisker thin loss in the Virginia Attorney General’s race.
From the Public Interest Legal Foundation:
Summary of Findings
An investigation in Virginia by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) and the Virginia Voter’s Alliance (VVA) shows that the cause of this problem is something much worse than simple ineffective governance. Worse still, Virginia state election officials are obstructing access to public records that reveal the extent to which non-citizens are participating in our elections.
These obstructionist tactics have led to PILF and VVA obtaining data from only a handful of Virginia counties so far. But the information from a few counties demonstrates a massive
In our small sample of just eight Virginia counties who responded to our public inspection requests, we found 1046 aliens who registered to vote illegally.
The problem is most certainly exponentially worse because we have no data regarding aliens on the registration rolls for the other 125 Virginia localities. 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.
Again, this is from just a small sampling of Virginia counties. Each of the aliens we have discovered to have registered or voted has likely committed a felony. Will the Justice Department act now that their names, registration records and dates of voting are herein provided?
Ultimately, the number of illegal votes doesn’t matter when the integrity of the process is at stake. Nobody should tolerate voter fraud, whether it comes in bunches as we describe here, happens occasionally, or decides the outcome of an election. Lawlessness in elections is a precursor for lawlessness across our government and culture. The response of law enforcement officials to both single instances of voter fraud and the hundreds of examples documented in this report should be the same: swift, sure and unwavering. No excuses should be made for the
lawless who taint the electoral process.
In Virginia, like most states, there is no formal program for identifying non-citizen registrants. The Commonwealth formerly arranged to use the Federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database to detect aliens, but vigorous use seems to have ended during the administration of Governor Terry McAuliffe. Most discoveries of non-citizens on the registration rolls are accidental or chance. What this means is that the number of registered non-citizens thus far identified by this investigation is just the “tip of the iceberg.” The true extent of the problem likely runs in the thousands, if not more. And it is not unique to Virginia.
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.
This report demonstrates the serious problem that unelected election officials have refused to address and even conspired to hide. It is our hope that this report will result in swift change and restore confidence in our elections.