(National Sentinel)Â Voter Fraud:Â Testimony submitted Monday as part of lawsuit claims that more than 100,000 noncitizens are registered to vote in Pennsylvania alone, as petitioners demand state officials provide information about the extent of the problem.
TheÂ Washington Times reported that the lawsuit was filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, which has found similar noncitizen voter irregularities in studies of Virginia and New Jersey.
The group said that Pennsylvania officials have said noncitizens have been registered to vote in the state and have done so “for decades.”
However, state election officials have refused the organization’s requests for access to voter registration data that would lead to exposure of the problem, according to the lawsuit which was filed in federal court in Harrisburg.
â€œFor months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about noncitizens registering and voting â€” that ends today,â€ PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said.
He added that Pennsylvania had already admitted to a â€œglitchâ€ dating back to the 1990s “that had allowed noncitizens applying to renew driverâ€™s licenses to be offered the chance to register to vote. Mr. Adams said he now wants to find out how bad the problem is overall,” the Times reported.
The paper noted further:
The 100,000 number cited in the lawsuit comes from testimony given by Philadelphia Commissioner Al Schmidt, who revealed the glitch in the state motor vehicle bureauâ€™s systems that prompted noncitizens to register to vote.
Though state officials in Pennsylvania have not provided wholesale voter registration data, the group managed to get ahold of data from some counties and found some irregularities, the Times said.
The paper noted further:
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.
A woman had her registration canceled in 2006 as a noncitizen, yet re-registered to vote twice â€” and cast ballots in some elections. That woman, a registered Democrat, is still active in the system, the lawsuit says.
Yet another woman voted in 2008 and 2012, had her registration canceled in 2014 because she wasnâ€™t a citizen, then re-registered and voted in 2016, according to documents filed in court. She was registered as a Democrat.
President Donald J. Trump has frequently said that there is widespread voter fraud throughout the country to criticism from elected Democrats. He had commissioned a panel to investigate the issue but it has since been disbanded due to a lack of cooperation from states.
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