A review of Ohio’s voter rolls has found that hundreds of non-U.S. citizens are registered to vote in the state. Jon Husted, the Ohio Secretary of State has stated that 821 non-citizens are registered, including 126 who have voted in a least one election this year.
This is the third such investigation of voter rolls in Ohio, with earlier results finding similar results. In 2013, Husted’s staff discovered 291 non-citizens registered to vote, with 17 having placed a vote. A 2015 check revealed 145 registrations and 27 active votes.
Husted is taking the matter seriously, according to The Daily Caller:
“I have a responsibility to preserve the integrity of Ohio’s elections system,” Secretary Husted said. “When you consider that in Ohio we have had 112 elections decided by one vote or tied in the last three years, every case of illegal voting must be taken seriously, and elections officials must have every resource available to them to respond accordingly.”
The non-citizens who have registered without placing a vote will be posted a request to remove themselves from the rolls. Those who don’t cancel their registration will be referred to law enforcement for further investigation. Husted’s office has informed law enforcement officials of those 82 non-citizens who have cast ballots, for “investigation and possible prosecution.”