“Florida, Colorado Voter Purges Net Few Noncitizens, So Far” and a Note on von Spakovsky’s Numbers

Important NPR report: “States using a federal immigration database to purge noncitizens from voter lists are starting to get results, which so far include few illegal voters.’ In Florida, which was first to gain access to the database after fighting the federal government in court, an initial run of roughly 2,600 names has turned up “several” violators, according to a spokesman for Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner.”

So this is a good time to reprint this earlier blog post of mine:  [UPDATE: Please see this correction.]

How Many Non-Citizen Voters Actually Removed by Florida Vote Purges?

Today on AirTalk Hans von Spakovsky said that Florida officials had removed 50 non-citizen voters already from the voter rolls.  I said that I was not familiar with that statistic, and so I wondered about its veracity. (Why would I wonder about the veracity of a claim of election fraud made by von Spakvosky? See here, here, here and here.)

So I wrote to University of Florida professor Dan Smith, who has been the go-to person on this issue.  He posted his response on his blog:

You Want Numbers? Florida Secretary of State Voter Purge Netted 10 “Potential Noncitizens” who may have Voted

That’s right.


Out of 11.2 million voters on the official statewide rolls as of April 1, 2012.

Here’s some quick analysis…

I’ll be interested to know if there is a good source for the 50 person total claimed by von Spakovsky.  There may well be.  Non-citizen voting (unlike voter impersonation fraud) is a real (though small) problem.  And there are national solutions we could take to fix it. But it would be good to get a better handle on the extent of the problem.

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