While no non-citizens were found registered to vote in Highland County, the neighboring counties of Adams, Fayette and Ross all were found to have at least one non-citizen registered to vote, and in two cases votes were cast in the last five years, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.
According to a review by Husted’s office, in Adams County, two non-citizens were registered to vote and cast ballots. In Fayette County, one non-citizen was registered to vote. In Ross County, two non-citizens were registered to vote.
Husted said in a press release Monday that his office “has identified an additional 385 non-citizens registered to vote in Ohio, 82 of whom have been identified as having voted in at least one election. This brings the total number of non-citizens on Ohio’s voter rolls Secretary Husted has been able to identify using available resources to 821, with 126 of those individuals having actually cast ballots.”
The release stated that 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,” Husted said.
Husted said the 82 non-citizens that are registered to vote and have cast ballots will be immediately referred to state and federal law enforcement officials for further investigation and possible prosecution.
Husted said the 303 registered voters identified as non-citizens who have not cast a ballot will be sent letters both informing them that non-citizens are not eligible to vote and requesting that they cancel their registration. A follow-up letter will be sent to any individuals that still remain on the rolls after 30 days. Any non-citizens identified that remain on the rolls after being contacted twice will then be referred to state and federal law enforcement officials.
“I have a responsibility to preserve the integrity of Ohio’s elections system,” 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.”
Husted said 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.