As the mainstream media mocks President Trump’s assertion that rampant illegal voting cost him the popular vote, facts might prove him correct.
No study from the 2016 election has been done, but the Daily Caller dug up this:
Somewhere between 38,00 all the way to 2.8 million votes were cast by non citizen in the 2008 elections, according to a study that was published in 2014 in Electoral Studies, the Daily Caller reported.
“In spite of substantial public controversy, very little reliable data exists concerning the frequency with which non-citizen immigrants participate in United States elections. Although such participation is a violation of election laws in most parts of the United States, enforcement depends principally on disclosure of citizenship status at the time of voter registration,” study co-authors, Old Dominion University professors Jesse Richman and David Earnest, wrote.
The professors determined that “some non-citizens participate in U.S. elections, and that this participation has been large enough to change meaningful election outcomes including Electoral College votes, and Congressional elections.”
“Non-citizen votes likely gave Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress,” they added.
Attorney, and writer for LawNewz, Robert Barnes wrote in an op-ed Wednesday that despite pundits like CNN’s Jake Tapper’s instance that no evidence exists for President Trump’s assertion that illegal voting occurred, there is such evidence.
Barnes cited the same study and drew the conclusion that, if this was brought to court as a case, “given the issues implicated in this election, a higher number would be a reasonable inference for a jury to conclude. Given the increase in non-citizen members of the population, the same study’s conclusions would project out to millions of illegal votes from non-citizen voters in this election.”
But the study also has its share of detractors.
In October the Washington Post gave the study “Four Pinnochios. The rating reserved for “Whoppers.”
The study was also the subject of a rebuttal article written in Science Direct in 2015.
That article, by Harvard’s Stephen Ansolabehere, said “the likely percent of non-citizen voters in recent US elections is 0.”
Barnes said that the alleged illegal voting likely did play a role, particularly +in state’s like California whose voter turnout far exceeded expectations and who have a large amount of illegal aliens.
Trump’s inference of voter fraud, if true, should suggest disparate turnout rates in the parts of the country with the highest non-citizen population or history of ballot-counting controversy. Here again, California’s turnout both exceeded expectations, differed substantially from turnout in other non-competitive states, and produced vote totals no major pollster in California forecast for Hillary, when most polls under-counted Trump votes across the state and country.
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