More than 11,000 people who were registered to vote in Pennsylvania were found to not be citizens of the United States — and the state's Democratic governor didn't want anyone to know about it.
What's the story?
Two Republican state lawmakers, Reps. Daryl Metcalfe and Garth Everett, released the information Tuesday. Metcalfe had requested this information from the state in February 2018, but the request was appealed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, and stalled until Dec. 3, after the elections had already wrapped up.
On Dec. 3, the Pennsylvania Department of State sent a letter to Metcalfe, which indicated that a "possible" 11,198 voter registrations existed for people who were identified by the state as non-citizens.
Pennsylvania is considered a crucial state for the 2020 presidential election.
Metcalfe told the Washington Times that he believed "we need to take action and have those people removed immediately from the rolls," adding "[t]hey were never eligible to vote."
While 11,198 non-citizens were registered, this does not mean that they all voted in the 2018 or 2016 elections.
In Texas, the state government revealed that 95,000 non-citizens had been registered to vote over a 22-year period. Some 58,000 of them had voted at least once during that time. In the case of the Texas voter rolls, these registered voters had identified as non-citizens at some time during this time period, but not necessarily at the time they voted.
Texas officials are currently going through the list to figure out how many of these voters had actually been citizens at the time they were registered.
But even if many of these non-citizens in Texas and Pennsylvania had become citizens before voting, the fact that the states are still unsure shows a serious issue with the process for monitoring illegal voter registrations in these states.