100,000 Noncitizens Registered To Vote In Pa. — More than 100,000 noncitizens are registered to vote in Pennsylvania according to a lawsuit filed, yesterday, Feb. 26, by the Public Interest Legal Foundation.
The lawsuit,(PILF v. Torres et. al. 1:18-cv-00463)., was filed in United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and claims the Pennsylvania Department of State refused to allow the PILF to inspect or be furnished documents related to noncitizen registered voters as per required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
The NVRA allows unfettered physical inspection rights to all records related to voter list maintenance, notes the PILF.
The state would only let the PILF see records related to voters removed from the rolls because of death or change of residence.
Philadelphia Commissioner Al Schmidt presented a report to the Pennsylvania Assembly in 2017 that detailed how a DOS/PennDOT study of noncitizen driver’s license holders matched records belonging to roughly 100,000 current voters in the statewide registration database.
“For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about noncitizens registering and voting—that ends today,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “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.”
This is a major story. Why would the Department of State withhold this information? Will the Philadelphia Inquirer cover it as it deserves? The Delaware County Daily Times? Expect to see them circle the wagons to make this go away and protect their favored political party.