Press Release - New study: non-citizen voters in California and nationwide could impact elections - by The Social Contract Press

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New Study: Non-Citizen Voters Could Decide Upcoming Elections
Report to be Released on October 7 in Washington, D.C.

Contact: Fran Griffin
Griffin Communications
Phone: (703) 255-2211
Thursday, September 25, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- An estimated 1.2 to 2.7 million non-citizen immigrants who have registered to vote could be the tipping balance in the November elections, according to a new study, "How Many Non-Citizen Voters? Enough to Make a Difference: The Impact of Non-Citizen Voting on the American Elections" by immigration researcher David Simcox.

The new study -- to be released on October 7 in Washington, D.C. -- estimates that in 2006 non-citizen voters ranged from

-- 127,000 to 235,000 in New York;
-- 57,000 and 113,000 in New Jersey;
-- 87,000 and 209,000 in Illinois;
-- 476,000 to 700,000 in California;
-- 146,000 and 232,000 in Florida;
-- 161,000 to 333,000 in Texas; and
-- 41,000 to 86,000 in Arizona.

The estimated totals nationwide of non-citizen voters in the 2006 elections range from 1,839,000 to 2,714,00 illegal voters according to the new study.

These figures of illegal voters were projected from a 2007 California poll demonstrating that 12 percent of adult non-citizens are registered to vote.

The report will be released by The Social Contract Press at a News Conference at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, at the National Press Club (Zenger Room, 529 14th St., NW) in Washington, D.C. (Refreshments and light fare will be served at 12:15 p.m.)

The figures comprise a substantial voting bloc for the upcoming election. In addition, the report pinpoints absentee voting as the greatest facilitator of fraudulent voting. "Once one has registered fraudulently, he or she can obtain an absentee ballot for every election thereafter if he or she wishes. The lack of 'in-person, at-the-polls' accountability makes absentee ballots the 'tools of choice' for those include to commit voter fraud," the report says.

Noting that the 2008 elections have stimulated urgent voter registration drives by national ethnic groups, Simcox concludes that "there is an urgency for citizens, naturalized or native, to decide whether voting should remain an exclusive attribute of citizenship and to demand the safeguards to make it so."

David Simcox, who researches and writes on population and immigration trends, examined the U.S. Census and voter registrations along with other national data sources including the 2007 statewide survey by the respected Public Policy Institute of New York; Pew Hispanics Center figures; and the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles of Loyola Marymount University, among other sources.

Copies of the study will be available for interested journalists. To receive a copy of the report or to set up an interview with the report's author, contact Fran Griffin, below.

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Cover of the new study, "How Many Non-Citizen Voters? Enough to Make a Difference" by David Simcox

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