(CNSNews.com) -- Judicial Watch announced on Monday that volunteers will be monitoring polling locations in the Commonwealth of Virginia on Election Day due to “significant concerns about the integrity of the election process there” - including 1,046 non-citizens who were registered to vote in eight Virginia counties.
“Judicial Watch will monitor voting places in Virginia to expose and deter any voter fraud,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
The volunteers will be trained by Robert Popper, the leader of Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project and a former deputy chief of the Voting Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
“Judicial Watch election monitors will be neutral and silent observers at select polling places in Virginia. We do not oppose or endorse candidates for public office. Our election monitoring in Virginia is wholly independent of any party or candidate,” Popper said in a press release.
Some of the concerns that the organization listed included a September 2016 report by the Public Interest Legal Foundation and the Virginia Voter’s Alliance that found 1,046 non-citizens living in Virginia were on voter rolls in eight Virginia counties even though by law, only U.S. citizens are allowed to vote in state and national elections.
“When an alien completes a voter registration form, they commit a felony,” the report pointed out.
In addition, “when the voting history of this small sample of alien registrants is examined, nearly 200 verified ballots were cast before they were removed from the rolls,” the report stated. “Each one of them is likely a felony.”
“There are 133 total Virginia voting jurisdictions, so the number in this report represents a mere fraction of the true total of illegal votes,” Judicial Watch noted. “If that rate of non-citizen registration held in the rest of Virginia’s counties, that would mean that about 6,500 non-citizens are registered to vote in Virginia.”
Judicial Watch also cited another report by the Virginia State Board of Elections (VSBE) in 2014 regarding the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, a data-sharing project to ensure that voters are not registered in more than one state.
VSBE Secretary Donald Palmer testified that Crosscheck identified 57,923 voters who were registered to vote in at least one other state in 2013.
After further investigation, 38,870 voter registrations were cancelled for a “statewide cancellation rate of 78 percent.” An additional 11,138 “active” voters were left on Virginia’s voter rolls, as were 7,285 “inactive” voters.
However, Judicial Watch pointed out that only 26 states participated in the Crosscheck Program, and said that the number of ineligible voters would be much larger if it had included all 50 states.
Judicial Watch established the non-profit Election Integrity Project in 2012 as way to “enable citizens to become active participants in the entire election process with the goal of returning fair and honest elections in every state.”