February 6, 2015
On January 27, 2015, Ohio Secretary of State (SOS) Jon Husted wrote to President Obama about his concerns that the President’s executive orders, giving approximately 5 million non-citizens social security numbers and/or driver’s licenses, will compromise the integrity of our state and federal elections.
Secretary Husted writes, “In short, by enabling millions of non-citizens to access valid forms of the types of identification required to register to vote, the recent executive actions have increased the risk that non-citizens may illegally register to vote and vote in our elections.”
Secretary Husted’s actions reinforce his long standing dedication to cleaning up Ohio’s voter rolls. In 2013, data sharing between the SOS and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) uncovered 291 non-citizens registered to vote in Ohio. However, citizenship status of persons who register to vote with a social security number can only be verified through the U. S. Department of Homeland Security which does not share citizenship information with the states.
“Safeguarding a citizen’s right to vote is fundamental to preserving our democracy, “says Mary Siegel of Ohio Voter Integrity Project. “It is imperative that more states join Secretary Husted in demanding access to citizenship data from the federal government.”
Click here for Secretary Husted’s Office Press Release
Click here for Secretary Husted’s letter to President Obama