Annapolis, MD – There is no perfect system of government, from first world countries to third, no one is immune to the many problems that plague our democracies.

Electoral fraud is not a new thing. It has been around the American democratic process for a very long time. Although it comes in various names, the election of President Trump has heightened the call for more scrutiny into our electoral process with the alleged role of the Russians in the 2016 election.

But are the Russians the only one guilty of this, the answer will be no. The United States America is also guilty. The role of foreign nations trying to influence elections in other countries is not strange.

Throughout the nation, only citizens duly registered can vote in federal elections. Recently, nineteen foreign nationals were charged for voting in the 2016 election. They were indicted for falsely claiming to be United States citizens in order to register to vote and voting by an alien which is against the law.

These aliens are:

  • Jose Cruz Solano-Rodriguez, 41, of Mexico
  • Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena, 63, of Mexico
  • Sarah Emilia Silverio-Polanco, 35, of the Dominican Republic
  • Elizabeth Nene Amachagi, 44, of Nigeria
  • Maria Rufina Castilo-Boswell, 31, of Philippines
  • Dora Maybe Damatta-Rodriguez, 64, of Panama
  • Elvis David Fullerton, 54, of Grenada
  • Olive Agatha Martin, 71, of Guyana
  • Kaoru Sauls, 54, of Japan.

According to 18 USC 611, it shall be unlawful for any alien to vote in any election.

If the accused are convicted of a false claim of United State Citizenship in order to register to vote, and voting by an alien, they could face a maximum of six years in prison, $350,000 in fines and supervised release.

The role of the media in urging voters to go out to register is huge but the neglect informing non-citizens to stay away from voting booths unless their states allow for their participation is glaring.