Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton estimates that well over 1 million illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 election, and about 80 percent voted for Hillary Clinton.
Fitton went through the numbers during a talk last Saturday for a conference hosted by The Remembrance Project, a group dedicated to “educating and raising awareness about the epidemic of killings of Americans by illegal aliens – individuals who should not have been in the U.S. in the first place.”
“President Trump, I don’t know if he’s right on the specifics, but he’s right generally about the outrage of alien illegal votes here in the United States,” Fitton said. “I don’t know what the numbers are, but I can give you a guess. …
“Probably about 44 or 43 million noncitizens reside in the United States. Of those, how many are illegal? Ten, 20, I don’t know. None of them vote? None of those people vote? Forty-three million people here and none of them vote,” he continued.
“Now President Trump would say 5 or 6 million voted. The left would say none of them voted. My guess is it’s somewhere in between,” he said. “I say every vote that’s illegal is a civil rights violation.”
Fitton contends the problem is big enough to sway the outcome of elections.
“By my estimation, we had about one and a half million illegal alien votes in the last election,” he said. “One (to) 1.4 million by my guess. And of those that register to vote and then vote illegally, about 80 percent vote for Democrats, 20 percent for Republicans. So the president got some votes … but 1.1 million by that calculation voted for Hillary Clinton. And that’s just a rough, back of the envelope, estimate.
“So we really face a crisis in this regard. You know, it’s one thing to lose your country because you have no borders, it’s another thing to lose your country because you have no vote,” Fitton said.
Fitton pointed out that other policies moving, or not, through Congress are irrelevant if “your vote doesn’t count, if elections are stolen through illegal votes.”
Fitton contends “we need to certify citizenship before we allow someone to register” to vote, rather than voter ID laws that require driver’s licenses or other identification easily obtainable by illegal immigrants.
Fitton’s estimate of illegal immigrant voters who participated in the 2016 election is much more conservative than other researchers. Just Facts, an independent think tank, released a report in June that puts the figure as high as 5.7 million noncitizen voters, according to The Washington Times.
Just Facts analyzed data from a Harvard/YouGov study conducted every other year with a sample size of tens of thousands of voters, including those who admit to voting illegally.
Just Facts President James Agresti told the Times he estimates that in 2008 as many as 7.9 million noncitizens registered illegally to vote, and between 594,000 and 5.7 million actually voted.
“The details are technical, but the figure I calculated is based on a more conservative margin of sampling error and a methodology that I consider to be more accurate” than those used in other estimates, Agresti said.
The Times also pointed to a voter fraud investigation by the Public Interest Legal Foundation that looked at illegal votes in Virginia in 2016.
“Its investigation found that Virginia removed more than 5,500 noncitzens from voter lists, including 1,852 people who cast more than 7,000 ballots,” according to the Times. “The people volunteered their status, most likely when acquiring driver’s licenses. The Public Interest Legal Foundation said there are likely many more illegal voters on Virginia’s rolls who have never admitted to being noncitizens.”
Fillon’s estimate and the results from the other studies seem to support President Trump’s repeated assertion that he lost the popular vote due in part to noncitizens who voted illegally in 2016.
Trump set up a commission to investigate illegal voting headed by Vice President Mike Pence. The panel is also investigating outdated voter lists across the country to identify dead voters and folks who registered in multiple places.