FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Secretary Husted Identifies An Additional 145 Non-Citizens Registered to Vote, Refers 27 for Illegally Casting Ballots
Calls on federal government to provide information needed to identify other non-citizens on voter rolls, continues push for online voter registration to improve access and security.
COLUMBUS – As part of a continuing effort to ensure only those eligible are registering to vote and casting ballots in Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced his office has identified an additional 145 registered voters who are not citizens of the United States as required by law. Of these, 27 have been referred for further investigation and possible prosecution based on reported vote history in previous elections.
“No amount of voter fraud is acceptable and as the state’s chief elections officer it is my responsibility to maintain our voter rolls and ensure only those who are eligible are participating in our elections,” Secretary Husted said. “Every vote matters, especially given that 70 local elections have been decided by single vote or tied over the last 16 months.”
The Secretary of State’s office was able to identify these 145 individuals using information provided by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) by virtue of the fact that in order to obtain a driver’s license, someone who is residing in Ohio legally and not a citizen must provide documentation to the BMV. Records show that the individuals in question provided non-citizen documentation on at least two occasions. This is important because based on information the individuals themselves provided to the BMV, there is a greater degree of certainty that they were not citizens at the time they registered to vote.
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County by County breakdown of non citizens on voter rolls from 2015