Husted: 2 non-citizens registered to vote in county

Two non-citizens are registered to vote in Fulton County but neither cast a ballot.

The information, released Monday by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, shows 385 non-citizens registered statewide, 82 of whom have voted in at least one election.

Husted, criticized last year for improperly removing thousands of names from voter registration rolls, is the first of Ohio’s chief elections officials to initiate a review of Ohio’s Statewide Registered Voter Database to identify non-citizens registered to vote. This is the third review Husted’s administration has conducted.

“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,” he said.

Non-citizens who registered to vote but have not done so will be sent letters requesting that they cancel their registration within 30 days. Any who remain on the rolls after a second letter will be referred to law enforcement.

Husted’s office identified non-citizens on the rolls using information provided by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, since applicants are required to provide documentation of their legal presence with their application for a state identification or drivers’ license.

None of the cases where a non-citizen is shown to have cast a ballot occurred in jurisdictions where an election was decided by one vote or tied.

Since taking office in 2011, Husted has identified 821 non-U.S. citizens on the state’s voter rolls including 291 in 2013, 145 in 2015, and 385 today.

Of those, 126 cast at least one ballot in an Ohio election including 17 in 2013, 27 in 2015, and 82 today.