- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 31, 2019

The number of noncitizens identified on Pennsylvania’s voter rolls is fewer than 8,700, the state says, pushing back on an announcement by state lawmakers and voter integrity activists that the total is higher than 11,200.

State officials say the 11,198 figure, which they provided in documents to Republicans in the state legislature late last year and which the lawmakers revealed in recent days, was actually an outer bound.

The Department of State said further checks reduced the number to 8,698 names, some of which were already on the path to being removed.

“That number will come down,” said Wanda Murren, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State, told The Washington Times on Thursday.

The Times reported this week on the Pennsylvania state legislators’ information, as well as about 95,000 names Texas Secretary of State David Whitley identified on voter rolls who may be noncitizens.

In the Pennsylvania and Texas cases, the names were identified by state officials matching voter rolls against driver’s license or state ID card records. Those records carry an immigration marker noting whether the recipient is a citizen.

In Pennsylvania, an initial records check produced the 11,198 figure. But officials said the driver’s license records were a snapshot in time, and in some cases, the people were in fact properly registered to vote at the time of the new data checks.

They sent notices and made robocalls to the names, and as of a July report, nearly 2,000 people insisted to the state that they were, in fact, eligible.

Another 215 asked the state to cancel their registration, which might suggest they were illegally on the lists, while 286 had been canceled even before the mailings, and 84 more “need further review,” the state said.

That left 8,698 people for whom there was no response or the address they had given to election officials was not valid. For voters already on the “inactive” list, the state said it was “on path” to cancel them. At least 5,000 other names were sent to counties to try to verify.

The state has not released the names publicly, so it is not possible to figure out if any of those suspected of being noncitizens — or who asked that their registration be canceled — actually voted.

It is illegal for noncitizens to register to vote, and to cast ballots.

Texas has pursued several high-profile cases in recent years against noncitizens who were registered and cast votes.



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