Michigan Secretary of State: 4K Noncitizens on Voter Rolls

Chad Livengood, Detroit News, September 19, 2012

One day after being sued over a controversial ballot box citizenship question, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said Tuesday there are an estimated 4,000 noncitizens on Michigan’s voter rolls.

The estimate is based on the state’s access to citizenship information for one-fifth of the population, Johnson said, adding the federal government won’t give her access to more citizenship data.

Johnson said the results of a “very tedious” analysis of 58,000 driver’s licenses and state-issued identification cards found 963 noncitizens registered to vote.

Department of State employees cross-referenced those noncitizens with voting records and found 54 have a voting history and have voted a total of 95 times, Johnson said.

Using census estimates that 305,000 noncitizens live in Michigan, Johnson’s office extrapolated that 5,064 could be noncitizens and then lowered its estimate to 4,000 to account for children, spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau said.

Johnson said the discovery justifies her insistence that Michigan’s 7.34 million registered voters be asked to affirm their citizenship if they vote at the polls in November. {snip}


A group of voting rights advocates, labor unions and citizens sued Johnson in federal court Monday, challenging her authority to ask voters to affirm their citizenship after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed legislation adding the question to absentee and in-person voting applications.


Johnson, a former Oakland County clerk, said she’s been “turned away” by the Social Security Administration and U.S. Department of Homeland Security in four attempts to verify the citizenship of all registered voters.

“I think the best way is for this administration to do their job and that’s to help us get noncitizens off the voter rolls,” Johnson said.



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  • The main culprit for this is to motorvoter registration. When people get their driver’s licenses, they are asked if they want to register to vote, many of them either do not realize that they are not eligible to vote or choose to do it anyway. I agree with her that she should be able to affirm the citizenship of everyone that goes to the polls.

    • Beth

      Motor Voter was put in effect by Bill Clinton to get more Democrats.  He also fast tracked citizenship for large numbers of immigrants so that they could reelect him.  It is believed that many illegal aliens and criminals became citizens and voted in the election.

  • The__Bobster

    Libtards in my state keep insisting that voter fraud is non-existent. Meanwhile the usual supects keep fighting our new voter ID law in court.


  • jedsrael

    This story is an obvious lying hoax, because the Diversity privileged blacks on MSNBC say that there isn’t ONE case of voter fraud, ever!

  • Detroit_WASP

    it’s probably more like 10,000

  • dukem1

    It would seem that ensuring that only eligible citizens are able to cast votes in an election is a very sensible, pro-active law enforcement measure.
    Isn’t pro-active law enforcement a good idea?…Actually stopping a crime before it happens?
    Who could be against such measures, and why?