Ohio’s Secretary of State, Columbus Ohio, has recognized eighty-two illegal votes places by non-U.S. citizens in recent elections.
These cases have been turned over to law enforcement officials for more critical investigation and possible legal action. In response, letters are due to be delivered to 303 voters in the non-citizen categorization, in order to request a cancelation of their voter registration.
In total, the Husted office has recognized 821 registered voters who class as non-citizens in the Ohio area since 2013, as well as 126 individuals who have previously cast ballots. None of which were involved in jurisdictions in which races would be decided on based on one vote.
According to Husted,” In light of the national discussion about illegal voting it is important to inform our discussions with facts. The fact is voter fraud happens, it is rare and when it happens, we hold people accountable”.
Other findings include 61 illegal voters registered in the Cuyahoga County area, 16 of which have cast ballots.
In comparison to data collected from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles since 2013, those voters of whom were filed as non-citizens were also registered as voters.
In a broader perspective, the flagged voters altogether total to 0.01 percentage of the total 7.8 million voters registered with the state.
However, Husted suggested these calculations could be higher, as the data collected does not account for voters who had registered with their social security information. Husted’s office has placed a request from federal officials to permit the state to have access to information regarding non-citizens with registered social security.
Back in 2015, Husted clarified that in general, non-citizens often make the mistake of registering to vote under the impression that it is a legal requirement, or might help further their goals for U.S. citizenship. However, this misunderstanding falls under the category of a fifth-degree felony, which ultimately would reverse any progress towards all efforts of gaining citizenship.
According to Husted, out of the total forty-four non-citizens identified in previous evaluations, eight were sentenced and two remain in pending status. While seven have successfully gained citizenship since registering, and prior to casting any ballots.