By Brendan Kirby
(August 17, 2017)
A Peruvian immigrant named Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick walked into a driver’s license office in Illinois and left as a registered voter — after a clerk told her that it was up to her whether or not to register.
That decision led to Fitzpatrick’s eventual deportation, which she now hopes the Supreme Court will overturn.
The high court has not even decided whether it will take the case, and if it does, the outcome will turn on legal technicalities like the applicability of what is called “entrapment by estoppel.” But one voter integrity group argues that the Fitzpatrick case is the logical result of activists such as billionaire progressive George Soros aggressively promoting ineligible voting and an electoral system that shuns safeguards against fraud.
“Margarita Fitzpatrick is the return on investment after years of Soros-funded activism,” said Logan Churchwell, a spokesman for the Public Interest Legal Foundation. “There are thousands of Margarita Fitzpatricks out there.”
According to court records, Fitzpatrick went to apply for a driver’s license with her U.S. citizen husband in 2006 shortly after obtaining her green card. The clerk then asked if she wanted to register to vote.
“Am I supposed to?” she asked, according to her petition for the Supreme Court to take the case.
The clerk, following a script written by the state (since changed), replied: “It’s up to you.”