Voter registration in the United States largely reflects its 19th-century origins and has not kept pace with advancing technology and a mobile society. States’ systems must be brought into the 21st century to be more accurate, cost-effective, and efficient.
Research commissioned by the Pew Center on the States highlights the extent of the
♦ Approximately 24 million—one of every eight—voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate.
♦ More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters.
♦ Approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.
Meanwhile, researchers estimate at least 51 million eligible U.S. citizens are unregistered, or more than 24 percent of the eligible population.
Then there is this, regarding illegals voting. I’m quoting from John Nolte over at the The Daily Wire (I’ve run out of free access at the Wapo this month), who quotes a Wapo article from 2014 about a serious study of illegal aliens who are registered to vote, and who may have voted in 2008 and 2010 (the link to the Washington Post is included in the Daily Wire article):
NOLTE: The Worst People In the World (our media) are choosing to completely ignore a 2014 study that claimed millions of illegals might indeed be voting. This is not some crank study. No less than the left-wing Washington Post found it worthy enough to publish just a little over two years ago:
WASHINGTON POST: In a forthcoming article in the journal Electoral Studies, we bring real data from big social science survey datasets to bear on the question of whether, to what extent, and for whom non-citizens vote in U.S. elections. Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote.
But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races. …
How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.
Because non-citizens tended to favor Democrats (Obama won more than 80 percent of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 CCES sample), we find that this participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections.
It is a fascinating study based on something called “self-reporting,” which means that non-citizens admitted to voting illegally.
NOLTE: My problem is that Phil Rucker and Jake Tapper and PolitiFact, and all of the rest of the national media, are trying to snuff out debate by LYING.
Outright, flat-out LYING.
LYING through omission by completely ignoring this study.
LYING through commission with their fraudulent claims that Trump has “no evidence.”
That is a LIE. This study is evidence.
What problems do we have, in my opinion?
- In many states, no proof of citizenship is required for voter registration. All that is needed, usually, is an I.D. such as a driver’s license.
- In some states, such as California, illegal aliens are allowed to obtain a legal driver’s license. From there, it is fairly simple to register to vote.
- Since January of 2016, five states have adopted fully automatic (opt-out) voter registration systems as part of the process of issuing driver licenses and ID cards. Those states are Oregon, California, West Virginia, Vermont, and Connecticut.
- Voter identification is not required in all states. By August 2016, federal rulings in five cases have overturned all or parts of voter registration or voter ID laws in Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and North Dakota that were found to place undue burden on minorities and other groups among voters. Some of these rulings may be appealed to the Supreme Court. Currently, 18 states, plus D.C., do not require identification of any kind to vote. The remaining states have a variety of requirements of strict and non-strict non-photo ID, and strict and non-strict photo ID.
- More than 2.7 million people are registered in more than one state (Pew study, effective 2011). Much of this is because of antiquated paper-based registration systems, and a more mobile society than existed 100 years ago.
- Persons who live at two different addresses, even in the same state (such as full-time students) sometimes intentionally register in both places, and vote twice.
- About two million dead persons are still registered to vote (Pew Study).
President Trump is correct. A comprehensive study is needed to define the problem once and for all, allowing a sensible plan of action on the Federal level governing national elections. I hope that if rules for Federal elections are developed and enforced, the states will follow suit, although this may be a vain hope for states like California and Oregon.