Virginia voting officials conceal number of non-citizen voters

world | May 31, 2017 | By Martin Barillas

According to a new report, there are thousands of illegal immigrants who have cast thousands of ballots in Virginia. Scores of requests for records, three lawsuits, and reviews of voter files in 133 jurisdictions in Virginia, have yielded proof that there were thousands of illegally registered alien voters, according to the Public Interest Legal Foundation. 

In Virginia, election officials have now removed 5,556 voters who could not prove their citizenship between 2011 and May 2017.  Of those removed as noncitizens, 1,852 cast ballots. And a total of  7,474 illegal ballots were cast from the pool of removed noncitizens. 

There are records of voting by noncitizens going back to the 1980s and before their respective removals. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is a Democrat who endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid last year. 

According to PILF, election officials in Virginia routinely fail to alert law enforcement about these illegal votes or registrations. “At the instruction of Governor McAuliffe’s political appointees, local election officials spent countless resources to prevent this information from spilling into the open,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Virginia hid critical information that would have improved election integrity while a political operative-turned-governor vetoed numerous proposals that would’ve prevented alien registration and voting. From NoVa to Norfolk and all urban and rural points in between, alien voters are casting ballots with practically no legal consequences in response.” Adams went on to say, “In this election year, aliens must not cast illegal ballots, and if they do they must be prosecuted. Let’s pray that Gov. McAuliffe’s veto pen did not invite a close election tainted by fraud,” Adams added. 

According to the Washington Times, Fairfax County, which is Virginia’s largest jurisdiction and located adjacent to the District of Columbia, reported the “most reports of noncitizens who had to be kicked off the rolls, with more than 1,000. Prince William County was second with 523, and Virginia Beach City was third with 517."  

While PILF filed three lawsuits to get the information on non-citizens voters, it discovered that election officials in internal email discussions had altered list maintenance records in order to conceal the extent of cancellations for citizenship status. 

For example, Arlington County General Registrar Linda Lindberg, in an email obtained by PILF, considered giving an altered and shorter list of registrants removed for citizenship problems. Her email stated:

This group [PILF] has and will interpret the fact that there may be voting credit on the cancelled record as “illegal aliens” registering and voting, despite the voter having subsequently affirmed his citizenship. ...  I am going to delete or otherwise notate these names from my report, either by deleting the rows from the Excel version or marking them on the report.

Lindberg considered concealing the full report of non-citizen cancellations from PILF and then producing an abbreviated list that excluded anyone on the list who subsequently cast a ballot regardless of the timing of any naturalization process.

 In a press release, PILF wrote: “And now, former Attorney General Eric Holder is spearheading a move to wipe out the borders of congressional voting districts. We're sure that will turn out just fine.”



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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