When Donald Trump claimed he only lost the popular vote because of voter fraud, the so-called “mainstream media” pounced.

They smeared him as a liar.

But a new study finds the problem of voter fraud is even worse than previously thought, and it may have played a role in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

Are non-citizens casting votes in American elections?

This contentious question has been hotly debated.

Journalists claim there is no evidence to back up this claim.

That is false.

A new study by Just Facts found that 5.7 million non-citizens voted in the 2008 Presidential election.

The Washington Times reports:

“A research group in New Jersey has taken a fresh look at post-election polling data and concluded that the number of non-citizens voting illegally in U.S. elections is likely far greater than previous estimates.

As many as 5.7 million non-citizens may have voted in the 2008 election, which put Barack Obama in the White House.

The research organization Just Facts, a widely cited, independent think tank led by self-described conservatives and libertarians, revealed its number-crunching in a report on national immigration.

Just Facts President James D. Agresti and his team looked at data from an extensive Harvard/YouGov study that every two years questions a sample size of tens of thousands of voters. Some acknowledge they are non-citizens and are thus ineligible to vote.

Just Facts’ conclusions confront both sides in the illegal voting debate: those who say it happens a lot and those who say the problem is nonexistent.”

Previously, researchers at Old Dominion University had found that between 380,000 and 2.8 million non-citizens cast ballots in 2008.

Just Facts found the problem was even worse.

They found between 594,000 and 5.7 million non-citizens may have cast ballots in 2008 and 1.2 to 3.6 million may have voted in 2012.

The Washington Times reports on how he came to his conclusion:

Mr. Agresti lays out his reasoning in a series of complicated calculations, which he compares to U.S. Census Bureau figures for non-citizen residents. Polls show non-citizens vote overwhelmingly Democratic.

“The details are technical, but the figure I calculated is based on a more conservative margin of sampling error and a methodology that I consider to be more accurate,” Mr. Agresti told The Washington Times.

He believes the Harvard/YouGov researchers based their “zero” claim on two flawed assumptions. First, they assumed that people who said they voted and identified a candidate did not vote unless their names showed up in a database.

“This is illogical, because such databases are unlikely to verify voters who use fraudulent identities, and millions of non-citizens use them,” Mr. Agresti said.

He cites government audits that show large numbers of non-citizens use false IDs and Social Security numbers in order to function in the U.S., which could include voting.

Second, Harvard assumed that respondent citizens sometimes misidentified themselves as non-citizens but also concluded that non-citizens never misidentified themselves as citizens, Mr. Agresti said.

“This is irrational, because illegal immigrants often claim they are citizens in order to conceal the fact that they are in the U.S. illegally,” he said.

To support these claims, the Times also reports states like Virginia have found thousands of non-citizens on their voter rolls and that they have cast ballots.

“Its investigation found that Virginia removed more than 5,500 non-citizens from voter lists, including 1,852 people who had cast more than 7,000 ballots. The people volunteered their status, most likely when acquiring driver’s licenses. The Public Interest Legal Foundation said there are likely many more illegal voters on Virginia’s rolls who have never admitted to being non-citizens.”

Is the media covering up voter fraud?

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