Friday, May 5, 2023

Hundreds of Noncitizens Ended Up On Voting Rolls in Maricopa County; 222 Noncitizens Ousted From Voter Rolls of Arizona’s Largest County

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Hundreds of noncitizens ended up on voting rolls in Maricopa County:
More than 200 self-acknowledged noncitizens have managed to register to vote in Arizona’s Maricopa County and at least nine of them have cast ballots in federal elections, according to a report that questions the federal law that pushes states to register m
The study is the first in a series of reports by the Public Interest Legal Foundation to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Motor Voter law, which requires states to allow people to register to vote at their local motor vehicle bureau offices.
The law has increased registration but also has led to messy voter rolls. The Public Interest Legal Foundation says a striking number of noncitizens are illegally gaining access to the ballot box.
In Maricopa County, which is the fourth most-populous county in the nation and is home to Phoenix, 222 people have alerted officials since 2015 that they were on the rolls but did not hold citizenship. Of those, nine cast ballots in federal elections before acknowledging that they should have been excluded, the foundation said.
“This is just more evidence that there is a problem that is not being adequately addressed,” said J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation and a former lawyer in the Justice Department’s voting rights section. --->READ MORE HERE
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222 Noncitizens Ousted From Voter Rolls of Arizona’s Largest County:
Maricopa County, Arizona, a lightning rod during recent elections, has removed 222 foreign nationals from the voter registration rolls over the past seven years, according to a new report from the Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election watchdog group.
Nine of those 222 noncitizens cast 12 ballots across a total of four federal elections, the legal foundation says.
The report arrives ahead of the 30th anniversary next month of the National Voter Registration Act, better known as the “Motor Voter Law.” The law allows Americans to register to vote when getting a driver’s license, usually at their local department of voter vehicles, or DMV.
The federal law also requires jurisdictions to maintain updated voter registration lists.
The number of noncitizens who were registered to vote in Maricopa County, which is Arizona’s most populous county, is a bellwether of national problems, said J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation.
“Motor Voter leads to problems for immigrants across America,” Adams said in a written statement. “Signing the wrong form at the DMV can haunt you years later when your naturalization process switches to deportation. For 30 years, foreign nationals have been getting registered to vote. Congress must modernize Motor Voter to reflect the technologies and demographics of today.”
Maricopa County was controversial in deciding whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden carried Arizona in the 2020 presidential race as who won the 2022 race for governor. --->READ MORE HERE
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