WASHINGTON, July 6, 2017 — Shortly after his astonishing electoral victory, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted, “Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California – so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias – big problem!”
The New York Times called Trump’s claim an “attempt to soothe his damaged ego and explain how he could have lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by almost three million votes.”
Even the White House lame duck, President Obama, felt compelled to respond to Trump’s charge.
“Every expert, regardless of political party, regardless of ideology—conservative or liberal—who has ever examined these issues in a serious way will tell you that instances of significant voter fraud are not to be found … Keep in mind, elections are run by state and local officials.”
But data collected by the Cooperative Congressional Election Studies group for the presidential election of 2008, with numbers crunched by J.T. Richman and published in a paper titled “Do non-citizens vote in U.S. elections?,” found the number of adult non-citizens who voted in North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia was 2,985,715.
And the vast majority of illegal votes went Democratic: 80 percent went for Obama.
Richman says that in Minnesota’s tight, 2008 Senate contest between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken, “the smallest portion of non-citizen votes would have tipped the balance.”
He reminds the reader that Franken’s victory “gave Democrats the filibuster-proof super-majority needed to pass major legislative initiatives” like Obamacare.
But Congressional Republicans can’t seem to translate recent electoral victories into an ability to govern, as their failure to repeal Obamacare proves.
Neither illegal immigration nor voter fraud has proved of much consequence to the nation’s governing elites in either party. It is therefore reasonable for Trump, for whom illegal immigration was a major campaign issue, to use his executive power to form a presidential commission to collect data on the illegal voter’s influence on American elections.
If former President Obama is correct, such an investigation will prove “instances of significant voter fraud are not to be found.”
Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the bipartisan Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, said, “This action by President Trump fulfills another promise made to the American people. We can’t take for granted the integrity of the vote.”
Kris Kobach, vice chair of the Commission, sent a letter to all 50 secretaries of state asking:
- What changes, if any, to federal election laws would you recommend to enhance the integrity of federal elections?
- How can the Commission support state and local election administrators with regard to information technology security and vulnerabilities?
- What laws, policies, or other issues hinder your ability to ensure the integrity of elections you administer?
- What evidence or information do you have regarding instances of voter fraud or registration fraud in your state?
- What convictions for election-related crimes have occurred in your state since the November 2000 federal election?
- What recommendations do you have for preventing voter intimidation or disenfranchisement?
- What other issues do you believe the Commission should consider?
But it appears questions 4 through 6 hit Democratic state officials right between the eyes.
Virginia’s Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of Hillary Clinton, hotly insisted his state “conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia.”
Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill said she intends to block the commission’s inquiry to ensure “that the privacy of voters is honored by withholding protected data.”
It’s ironic that at a time that news media and the Democrats insist the integrity of the 2016 presidential election was compromised by Russian cyber agents and that Trump worked hand-in-hand with Vladimir Putin to deny Clinton the presidency, the question of electoral fraud is of little interest to them.
CNN’s Van Jones admitted to an undercover cameraman that the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory, promoted so heavily by his network, is a “nothing burger … there’s nothing there.” Will he be able to say the same after the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity issues its final report?