An ineligible Russian national found out that she has voting rights in San Francisco, California, despite never registering to vote in the United States. According to an explosive report from The Washington Times, a Russian national and many other noncitizens have realized how easy it is to register to vote and/or cast a ballot in California, raising serious questions about ensuring the integrity of future elections.
The report from the Times centers around Elizaveta Shuvalova, a Russian who said her name was added to the San Francisco voter rolls in 2012, yet she never registered herself. At the time, she had recently turned 21-years-old and was legally living in the U.S. but wasn’t ineligible to vote.
“I’ve never registered for anything in my entire life,” Shuvalova said, who only became a legal U.S. citizen in 2017. “This is news to me.”
The Times reports that it obtained a San Francisco County voter log, which reportedly shows that she signed up as a Democrat in July 2012, but her registration was canceled in May 2016, after she informed officials that she was not a legal U.S. citizen.
Her registration was reactivated in March 2017, and her political party affiliation was switched to Republican, the Times reports.
“This is definitely a shocker to me. It is like an identity fraud because this is not coming from my end,” Shuvalova said, who said she is a Democrat. “Like I told you, I haven’t even been a citizen during that time frame. So what can we do about it?”
Her situation also raises serious questions about why California apparently allowed her to register to vote when she wasn’t a legal citizen. Did they not perform a citizen check?
These are serious questions that many want to be answered.
The report may detail Shuvalova’s account, but many argue this is a very big issue plaguing many states across the country.
More importantly, the Times notes that a recent study from the Public Interest Legal Foundation found that a large percentage of noncitizens in California were able to cast ballots in U.S. elections.
The outlet reports that Shuvalova was likely signed up without her knowledge because she signed a petition in 2013 to stop a condominium development in San Francisco.
If that is true, meaning a group or person can simply use a person’s basic information on a petition to register them to vote, that would be a major issue. If Russian nationals and noncitizens are able to register to vote and cast ballots in American that easily, it would lend credence to critics who have long claimed that illegals are voting in the U.S, including presidential elections.
With numerous reports that noncitizens have been voting in U.S. elections, many people believe this is certainly something to be investigated by the federal government.