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How many non-U.S. citizens voted in the 2008 national elections in violation of state laws that prohibit noncitizens from voting in U.S. federal elections?

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Based on survey data and election records, the authors of a 2014 paper in the journal Electoral Studies estimated that roughly 25% of noncitizens are registered to vote and 6.4% of noncitizens voted in the 2008 elections "in violation of state election law." This amounts to roughly 1.2 million votes. The authors also found that "81.8 percent reported voting for Barack Obama compared to 17.5 percent for John McCain."

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