The news that the Turk mall mass shooter Arcan Cetin was registered to vote—and voted in several elections, even though he is not a U.S. citizen—has highlighted the mass voter fraud rampant throughout the U.S. electoral system.
Cetin, whose rampage in a Washington mall killed five people, faked his voter registration and participated in several elections, according to voter fraud group “True the Vote.”
The activist organization has sent a letter to Washington state U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes, informing her that their “office has uncovered Cetin’s apparent illegal voter registration and active voting history—although he is a not a citizen of the United States.”
Cetin registered to vote on September 27, 2014 and proceeded to cast and be credited for votes in the 2014 General, 2015 General and 2016 Primary elections, True the Vote has revealed.
Cetin legally immigrated to the U.S. as a child and is currently a legal permanent resident, a status that does not allow him to vote. According to the activist group, Cetin’s voter registration was still listed as “Active” at the present time.
The fraud is possible because although the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 requires that anyone wanting to vote must provide proof of citizenship upon registering online or at the Department of Licensing Office, Washington state doesn’t have that requirement.
The fraud is not limited to Washington state.
In Virginia, a report released by the Virginia Voters Alliance found that more than 1,000 aliens had been voting in elections in that state.
The 1,046 Virginia voters may just be the tip of the iceberg, as it’s only the number found in eight Virginia localities, the report reads.
The report found that the most illegal votes were cast in 2012, followed by 2008, the year President Obama was elected to his first term. In both years, Obama won Virginia.
In 2013, the Democratic candidate for attorney general won by fewer than 1,000 votes.
The Virginia Voters Alliance looked into the issue first with Alexandria, Virginia. The alliance noticed that the Northern Virginia city had more people registered to vote than eligible voters who lived there.
The problem of noncitizens is likely worse than what the alliance found in eight Virginia localities.
“The problem is most certainly exponentially worse because we have no data regarding aliens on the registration rolls for the other 125 Virginia localities,” the report reads. “Even in this small sample, when the voting history of this small sample of alien registrants is examined, nearly 200 verified ballots were cast before they were removed from the rolls. Each one of them is likely a felony.”
And in Pennsylvania, a law firm which has a section devoted to uncovering illegal voters has announced that there are scores of such cases.
Joseph Vanderhulst, an attorney with the Public Interest Legal Foundation, as quoted in the journal LifeZette, noted Philadelphia knows about those 86 illegal voters only because officials received specific requests to remove the names from the rolls.
“He said there is no way to know how many noncitizens might be registered to vote in Philadelphia, let alone in the rest of politically crucial Pennsylvania.”
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “Who knows how many are on and don’t ask to be taken off.”
LifeZette reported that the law firm found that Philadelphia makes no effort to proactively remove noncitizens or incarcerated felons, who also are ineligible to vote under Pennsylvania law.
Vanderhulst told LifeZette that he “suspects other Pennsylvania counties operate in a similar manner, and therefore have irregularities in their voter registration rolls.
“He pointed to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, designed to make motor-vehicle offices one-stop shops for driver’s licenses and voter registration cards. But since noncitizens can get driver’s licenses, that has led to confusion, he said.”
In addition to noncitizens, the law firm also found that Philadelphia officials make no effort to remove voters who have been imprisoned for felonies or even move those names to the inactive-voter list. As most of the felony violations will be nonwhite, because they commit far more serious crime than whites, this dramatically affects the Democratic voter population.
With 49,914 prisoners in Pennsylvania in 2015, Vanderhulst said, there are many possibilities for illegal voting.
A report by conservative commentator Michelle Makin published in Townhall revealed that former Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler identified nearly 5,000 noncitizens in Colorado who voted in the 2010 general election.
In addition, Gessler’s office uncovered upwards of 12,000 noncitizens registered to vote.
And in Kansas, Secretary of State Kris Kobach saw his state’s attempts to require citizenship documents from people who register to vote at motor vehicle offices struck down by a federal appeals court—despite the U.S. Constitution’s conferral of responsibility for determining who may vote to states.
As Makin noted, the court’s decision was a “scene straight out of Alice in Wonderland,” and Kobach faced a contempt hearing for battling against those who hold contempt for truly free and fair elections. He was forced to sign an agreement with the ACLU allowing more than 18,000 motor-voter registrants to cast ballots this November while litigation continues.
In North Carolina, Makin said, investigative journalist James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas team “blew the whistle on North Carolina political operatives who encouraged people to vote even if they were noncitizens.”
A nonpartisan study in 2014 from Old Dominion University concluded “that 6.4 percent of noncitizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of noncitizens voted in 2010.”
Makin pointed out that “these illegal noncitizen voters overwhelmingly supported Democrats. And their votes were enough to tilt the presidential election results in North Carolina to President Obama, along with handing over Democratic victories in congressional races including a critical 2008 Senate race (Al Franken’s victory in Minnesota) that delivered for Democrats a 60-vote filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.”