- Jan 28, 2009
A new survey of local election officials finds that it was extremely rare for non-citizens to vote in the 2016 election, casting even more doubt on President Donald Trump’s unfounded claim that millions of people cast illegal ballots last year.
Researchers from the Brennan Center for Justice interviewed local election officials in 42 jurisdictions across 12 states and found there’d been about 30 instances of suspected non-citizens voting. That’s out of 23.5 million ballots cast. The questionable votes accounted for just 0.0001 percent of the total number of votes in those jurisdictions.
The report focuses on counties where there are more than 100,000 adult non-citizens, as well as diverse areas with large populations in California, Virginia and New Hampshire, all states that Trump singled out for voter fraud.
The results are consistent with post-election audits that have shown voter fraud and instances of non-citizen voting to be vanishingly rare. In North Carolina, where 4.8 million ballots were cast, officials found just 41 suspected cases of non-citizens voting. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske (R) has said she believes up to 21 non-citizens could have voted for president in the state, where there are more than 1.4 million active voters. In Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) said that 82 non-citizens voted “in at least one election” (he did not say when).