Illegal aliens were allowed to vote in Harris County because of a voter registration based on the "honor system" that pretty much lets anyone who marks a box vote with no actual checks made to the authenticity.
At least 35 foreign citizens either applied for or received voter cards last year by checking a box on the application saying they were U.S. citizens, said Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt, who also is the county's voter registrar.
"If you check that you're a citizen, you'll get a card, unless we have some previous knowledge of your name," he said. "If they check yes and they're not a citizen, there is no database that is open to the public that I know of that you can check against."
Besides the 35 confirmed noncitizen applicants last year, Bettencourt is investigating at least 70 others and will send a list of suspected offenders to the Harris County district attorney, who can charge them with a misdemeanor if they haven't voted or a felony if they have.
"Because it's an honor system, fraud certainly exists," he said. "You never know what level of fraud you have, but we know of non-U.S. citizens voting, that's for sure."
The process recently uncovered the case of a 73-year-old Brazilian woman whose registration was canceled in 1996 after she acknowledged on her jury summons that she was not a citizen. The woman reapplied in 1997, again claiming to be a U.S. citizen, and was again given a voter card, which was recently discovered after she filled out a change-of-address form with Bettencourt's office. Records show that the woman has voted at least four times in general and Democratic primary elections since 1997, most recently in November.
Eilert-Olsen filled out a vote application form noting that he was not a U.S. citizen, but was given a voter card anyway.
Wow! Great system you guys have there. How about you try to fix it sometime?
Michelle Malkin who has more on illegal aliens voting.