Donald Trump recently tweeted that he would have won the popular vote if not for the millions of people who voted illegally. He went on to discuss the media’s refusal to cover illegal voting problems in California, New Hampshire, and Virginia. Meanwhile, liberals, led by Jill Stein, are demanding costly recounts in Trump-won states without any indication any voter fraud occurred.
Unfortunately for the President-elect, the burden of proof lies with the accuser, not the defendant.
While Trump’s claim likely has some merit to it, nationwide evidence of his assertion isn’t likely to surface anytime soon. As they did throughout the election, liberals, especially millennials, cry racism anytime someone suggests or attempts to determine the extent to which people voted illegally.
The reason for liberals’ refusal is simple: they want illegal and non-citizen immigrants to vote because they tend to vote Democrat. Obama, for example, won a vast majority of non-white voters, including Hispanics, in 2012. Before the 2016 presidential election, the Obama administration spent $63 million registering immigrant voters, many of whom more than likely supported Democrats.
Democrat-run cities are pushing to allow illegal immigrants to vote in large numbers. The New York Post reported on a bill to give illegal aliens the right to vote in the Big Apple earlier this year. Bloomberg reported that cities with large populations of illegal immigrants, like San Francisco, considered opening up polls to illegal aliens so they could participate in the election as well.
Trump’s claim of illegal immigrants voting in elections are not unfounded. WBBH of Fort Myers, Florida conducted an investigation in 2014 that defies the assertion that illegal aliens don’t vote.
The network began by crosschecking jury duty notifications and voter registration records in a single Florida county. Investigators aimed to identify illegal immigrants who swore under oath that they could not serve on a jury because they were not legal citizens. They then cross-checked the jury duty notifications with voter registration records.
Overall, the investigators found that 94 illegal aliens were registered to vote despite swearing that they were not legal citizens. The investigation went one step further and confirmed that non-citizens did indeed vote in elections.
Jill Stein’s call for a recount in the name of ensuring a fair election has raised the issue of illegal alien voters among conservatives. The fact that Stein has attempted to call for a recount in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, states that Trump narrowly won while remaining silent on states that Clinton barely won has raised eyebrows as well.
States with large amounts of illegal immigrants, like California, and little-to-no voter identification laws are often subject to scrutiny. Despite the attention the Golden State garners every election, any substantial vote audit has fallen through or been subject to error.
Even when the subject of an audit isn’t illegal immigrants voting, the process still falls through. San Diego County, among others, was subject to an audit during the Democratic primary this past summer. A Superior Court judge found that subpar quality control could have allowed for errors and fraud to go unseen. The San Diego County Registrar of Voters failed to comply with election law and the legal requirements of the audit.
Given that a vote audit in blue states generally fails for one reason or another, we may never see a full review of the polls with a focus on weeding out illegal immigrant voters. Democrats have far too much to lose, especially if the number of illegal voters is as high as Trump believes.