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Election integrity advocate says undocumented migrants voting in California elections

(USA Features) An election integrity expert says she believes that people in the United States illegally are voting in state and federal elections in California, home to the country’s largest illegal immigrant population.

The Election Integrity Project-California, founded in 2010, is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit volunteer organization that advocates for citizens to become active participants in the electoral process, according to its website. EIPCa chief analyst Ellen Swensen told Fox News personality Tomi Lahren Thursday, “Do you know you can register to vote and vote in California with never having shown a picture ID?”



“The [voter] registration form says, ‘Give us your driver’s license number or your Social Security, if you have one.’ And if you don’t, you can still register,” said Swensen.

“So to say that illegal immigrants are voting is a given in this state?” asked Lahren.

“Absolutely,” said EIPCa president and co-founder Linda Paine, “because when you open the door to corruption and fraud, people are going to walk through it.”

Paine said her organization has reported about 100,000 cases to California election officials, but so far not a single case has been addressed.

And while Paine said that her group has had difficulty providing concrete evidence of instances of illegal immigrants voting in California because they have no way of determining the citizenship status of voters, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has conceded that noncitizens have been registered to vote.

Padilla has attributed those instances to mistakes in the voter registration process.




“My concern is it risks jeopardizing confidence in the electoral process,'” said Padilla in October 2018 after it was discovered that at least 1,500 people, many of them undocumented, had improperly been registered to vote.

Paine maintains not all of the registrations were canceled, but only those of non-citizens who self-reported.

“California has managed to create a firewall by passing certain laws so that the secretary of state cannot access the list of noncitizens and illegal people from the DMV, which has a very complete list,” said EIPCa’s vice president, Ruth Weiss.

“They’re not allowed to access that list from the Department of Homeland Security,” said Weiss. “And yet they’re the ones responsible to make sure that only legitimate citizens get on the voter rolls.”


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