Admitting that voter fraud in Ohio is a problem, Secretary of State Jon Husted noted that “it’s rare, but it does exist.”
However, in a state that Husted acknowledged has “a lot of close elections,” he announced on Monday that a review of Ohio’s registration database has revealed 385 non-citizens are registered to vote, and 82 of those illegal registrants have actually voted in at least one election.
Husted told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that more than 100 election decisions in Ohio in the past four years have been tied or won by one vote. “We want to make sure that the integrity of the elections is upheld,” he said, but explained that the investigation into illegal voters would put the problem in the proper context. “People can feel comfortable that while it is a problem, it’s not as big of a problem as they might have otherwise thought.”
Husted said that those 82 non-citizens who actually voted in elections will face further investigation from federal officials and may be prosecuted.
Although they registered illegally, the remaining 303 who did not vote will receive letters explaining that they’re ineligible to participate in U.S. elections and must cancel their registration. After 30 days, those who are still registered will be notified again. Further refusal will spark possible prosecution.
Husted told CNN on Tuesday that driver’s license data was used to determine voter eligibility, but the process could be improved.
“Right now, we don’t have the ability to check based on Social Security numbers. If the federal government would give us access to the last four digits of Social Security numbers for the people who are in America legally, but not legally allowed to vote because they’re not citizens, we can improve this,” he said, noting that while some non-citizens want to vote in order to impact an election, others just don’t understand the laws and rules.
According to Husted, more than 100 election decisions in the past four years have been tied or won by one vote.
Reviews of registered voters since 2013 uncovered the fact that more than 800 non-citizens were registered. “Since 2013, 126 non-U.S. citizens have voted in at least one Ohio election, including 17 in 2013; 27 in 2015; and 82 in 2017. So the voter fraud is trending up,” according to CNS News.
H/T: CNS News
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