HARRISBURG, Pa. - Non-citizen immigrants illegally voted hundreds of times in Pennsylvania elections over the span of 18 years, though that may not be the full number, according to state election officials.
Jonathan Marks, the commissioner for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, told the House State Government Committee on Wednesday that an agency analysis found 544 ballots cast out of more than 93 million ballots from 2000 through 2017.
That's one in every 172,000.
The department said those ballots were cast by non-citizen immigrants who reported themselves as having mistakenly registered.
Pressed by Republican state lawmakers, the department said it's looking into whether other non-citizen immigrants remain registered to vote.
The state previously acknowledged that non-citizen immigrants can inadvertently register to vote because of a glitch in the design of Pennsylvania's electronic driver's licensing system. Marks said that glitch will be fixed within several months.
The hearing came two weeks after Pennsylvania's chief election official, Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, abruptly resigned without explanation.
State Rep. Jerry Knowles, a Republican who serves parts of Berks, Carbon, and Schuylkill counties, is a member of the committee.
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