Wagner Announces Policy To Curb Illegal Voting In Pennsylvania

2018 Gubernatorial Candidate Proposes Reform In Light Of Razor Thin Special Election

In light of the close election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner today announced a policy he would implement as Governor to address recent reports that as many as 100,000 non-citizens are registered to vote in Pennsylvania. As Governor, Wagner will direct the Department of State to conduct a complete and thorough review of all voter records in the Commonwealth. Any non-citizens that are found to be registered to vote will immediately be removed from the voter rolls.

Wagner said of the announcement, “As Governor, my commitment to the integrity of our elections will be crystal clear. What we are seeing in the 18th District shows that every vote matters, and furthers the argument for getting a firmer grip on who we have voting in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. While I believe the reports of non-citizen voting are of the utmost concern and should be addressed immediately by the Department of State, their recent handling of the situation does not suggest that will happen. While Governor Wolf may be content to continue to let fraud occur in our elections, I will not be.”

A further explanation for the policy can be found in the following Medium post.

BACKGROUND

In February the Washington Times reported that, “More than 100,000 noncitizens are registered to vote in Pennsylvania alone, according to testimony submitted Monday in a lawsuit demanding the state come clean about the extent of its problems.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which has identified similar noncitizen voting problems in studies of Virginia and New Jersey, said Pennsylvania officials have admitted noncitizens have been registering and voting in the state “for decades.”

But state officials have stonewalled PILF requests for access to the data that could expose the problem, the group says in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Harrisburg.

‘For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about noncitizens registering and voting — that ends today,’ PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said.

He said Pennsylvania had already admitted to a “glitch” dating back to the 1990s that had allowed noncitizens applying to renew driver’s licenses to be offered the chance to register to vote.” (Washington Times, 2/26/18)

After the Washington Times broke the news, The Associated Press then followed up with The Department of State, which failed to provide a figure of how many non-citizens it believes to be registered it vote. (Associated Press, 2/28/18)

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