Jordan Candler / June 20, 2017

The ‘Voter Fraud Doesn’t Exist’ Claim Is on Shaky Ground

Millions and millions of illegals have likely voted in recent elections, a new study says. So Trump was right?

In January, our Thomas Gallatin explored a deeply troubling question that threatens the integrity of this nation’s electoral system: “Just how much voting fraud does exist?” Nobody can say for certain. As Gallatin pointed out, “If no comprehensive investigations are done, then the argument merely continues to be the spitting contest it currently has become.” That’s what prompted Donald Trump to form the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity. The commission is evaluating both voter fraud and voter suppression.

Democrats clamor a lot over the latter, with Hillary Clinton even going so far as to blame voter suppression for November’s humiliating defeat. (That and the Russians, of course.) But leftists don’t share the same concern when it comes to voter fraud. No wonder then there was an uproar when Trump suggested that somewhere between three and five million illegal votes were potentially cast during the 2016 election. There’s no immediately available proof, of course, but that’s a claim the commission can and should examine. After all, independent evidence suggests Trump’s assertion is not rooted in hyperbole.

According to The Washington Times, “The research organization Just Facts … revealed its number-crunching in a report on national immigration. Just Facts President James D. Agresti and his team looked at data from an extensive Harvard/YouGov study that every two years questions a sample size of tens of thousands of voters. … He estimated that as many as 7.9 million noncitizens were illegally registered [in 2008] and 594,000 to 5.7 million voted. … For 2012, Just Facts said, 3.2 million to 5.6 million noncitizens were registered to vote and 1.2 million to 3.6 million of them voted.”

Assuming these statistics are anywhere near accurate, it’s not a stretch at all to suggest, as Trump did, that up to five million illegal immigrants voted for Hillary Clinton. It’s possible it was even higher. This is the kind of information the Left wants kept in the dark. There’s no telling what the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity will conclude. But based on what a growing number of studies are discovering, don’t be surprised if it finds that significant voter fraud exists to the extent Just Facts suspects.

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