Media and pundits are attacking Donald Trump’s claim that between 2 and 3.5 million people may have illegally voted. They are saying he has no evidence on which to base this claim. This is false. In fact, Trump’s estimate may be low.
Trump is saying 3.5 million. Zero evidence backing that number up. https://t.co/iAxBo98OBk— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 24, 2017
SCI cited a 2014 Washington Post article in the analysis, “Mexican Influence Operations for Hillary Part of Larger Hostilities against U.S.” That article estimated how many illegal aliens may vote based on the best data available. People challenged that article; the authors of the article rebutted those challenges.
So people can argue over the conclusions and the reliability of the data but the data do exist. Here is what the authors of the article say about potential illegal voting.
How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.