There’s much speculation and debate over whether non-citizens and others who are ineligible vote in U.S. elections, but relatively few documented instances. That makes this report by a local television station in Fort Myers, Florida all the more significant. The station’s investigation uncovered nearly one hundred non-citizens who were registered to vote, and several admitted to have cast ballots. The non-citizen voters were discovered because they said to be excused from jury service due to their lack of citizenship. The question now is whether this report is symptomatic of a larger problem in Florida, if not elsewhere, or a relatively isolated problem.
People seem very interested in which party these ineligible voters were for, so let’s look at the numbers we have. We found 87 people who said they couldn’t serve on a jury but were registered to vote. Of those:
33 were registered as Democrats (3 inactive).
25 were registered as Republicans (1 inactive).
1 was a registered Independent.
20 were No Party Affiliation (1 inactive).
8 were unknown.
It’s a small sampling, so trying to extrapolate these numbers probably wouldn’t give you any reliable statewide percentage breakdown. But that’s what the data show.