Wisconsin would need to spend $1.2 million to begin checking federal databases for names of non-citizens who should be removed from voter registration lists, says a report from the state’s election agency. Two other states have found relatively few illegal voters on the lists, and there’s no reason to suspect more would be detected in Wisconsin, an agency spokesman said Monday. The Government Accountability Board is to decide Tuesday on sending the staff report to the state Legislature, which would need to enact new laws before the agency could use the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program.
The SAVE program provides access to federal databases listing legal immigrants and noting in some cases whether or not they have attained citizenship, which allows them the right to vote.
Florida and Colorado officials scrutinized 183,900 individuals, checked 4,000 in the SAVE system and recommended about 250 removed from voter lists, the GAB report said.
“Given their proximity to our southern border, one might expect they would have larger immigrant populations than Wisconsin,” GAB spokesman Reid Magney said. “We have no reason to believe there are significant numbers of illegal aliens or even legal aliens who are on our voter rolls.”