A newly released report concludes that non-citizens voting illegally in recent United States elections could number in the millions, giving credence to President Donald Trump’s claims.
According to the think tank Just Facts, as many as 5.7 million illegal aliens may have voted in the 2008 election, in which Barack Obama defeated John McCain to win the presidency, The Washington Times reported.
The organization describes itself as “conservative/libertarian in our personal viewpoints — but unlike many policy and media organizations — Just Facts is committed to objectivity, and we do not favor facts that support our viewpoints.”
Just Facts’ president, James Agresti, told The Times that his researchers looked at data from the Census Bureau and other groups, as well as Harvard/YouGov studies from the 2008 and 2012 elections to help reach their conclusions.
The group cites three sources — the Department of Homeland Security, Pew Research and the Center for Migration Studies — for estimates of the number of illegal immigrants currently in the country, which is likely in excess of 11 million.
In 2008, a Harvard/YouGov survey found that eight percent of self-declared non-citizens stated that “I definitely voted,” and of those who voted, 82 percent cast their ballot for Barack Obama. Based on census data, the resulting numbers mean that somewhere between 594,000 and 5.7 million non-citizens voted illegally in 2008, according to Just Facts.
In 2012, nine percent of illegal immigrants reported they “definitely voted,” translating to between 1.2 and 3.6 million votes in that year’s national election.
The numbers have not been calculated for the 2016 race, but the results of 2008 and 2012 lend credence to President Trump’s claims that he may well have won the popular vote if those who voted illegally were excluded.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Hillary Clinton was able to run up the score in the popular vote, so to speak, thanks to California’s approximately 40 million residents.
Clinton carried the state with 8.6 million votes to Trump’s 4.4 million. Because the Electoral College is winner-take-all, Trump barely campaigned there.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pointed out, “Remember, in 49 states, (Trump) had a 2.2 million-vote majority, and then there’s California.”
The Washington Times reported, “Last month, the president signed an executive order setting up a (Commission on Election Integrity) to try to find on-the-ground truth in illegal voting. Headed by Vice President Mike Pence, the panel also will look at outdated voter lists across the nation with names of dead people and multiple registrants.”