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Pennsylvania finds 544 possibly illegal ballots since 2000

Written by Marc Levy, The Associated Press | Oct 25, 2017 11:39 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania election officials say noncitizen immigrants may have cast 544 ballots illegally out of more than 93 million ballots in elections spanning 18 years in the state.

Department of State official Jonathan Marks told the state House State Government Committee on Wednesday that the agency conducted an analysis covering 35 primary and general elections from 2000 through 2017.

The number of ballots potentially cast by the noncitizen immigrants is one in every 172,000.

The department says those votes were apparently cast by noncitizen immigrants who later reported themselves as having mistakenly registered, though it also said it cannot guarantee the figure is accurate yet.

The state has previously acknowledged that noncitizen immigrants can inadvertently register to vote because of a glitch in the design of Pennsylvania's electronic driver's licensing system.

This article has been updated. An earlier version appears below. 

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania election officials say noncitizen immigrants illegally voted hundreds of times in elections spanning 18 years, though that may not be the full number.

State Department official Jonathan Marks told a state House committee Wednesday that an agency analysis found 544 ballots cast out of more than 93 million ballots from 2000 through 2017.

That's one in every 172,000.

The department says those ballots were cast by noncitizen immigrants who reported themselves as having mistakenly registered. Pressed by Republican state lawmakers, the department says it's looking into whether other noncitizen immigrants remain registered to vote.

Marks says a glitch that allowed many to inadvertently register will be fixed within several months.

The hearing came two weeks after Pennsylvania's chief election official, Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, abruptly resigned without explanation.

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