Democrats consistently scoff at the suggestion that widespread voter fraud is taking place across the country, mocking the idea as a "myth" and decrying Republicans' attempts to address it in even the most minor, unobjectionable ways as "racist" attempts to "suppress the minority vote." The only problem with the Democrats' dismissive claims about the "myth" is, as Ohio just demonstrated, actual facts.
"Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced an investigation has uncovered that hundreds of non-US citizens are registered to vote in the state, and dozens of them voted illegally," NBC News-Columbus reported Monday. "According to a release from Husted, 385 people who are not citizens of the United States are registered to vote in Ohio. Out of those, 82 voted in at least one election in the last year."
"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. For those who might try to dismiss the numbers as insignificant, Husted pointed out that the state has had "112 elections decided by one vote or tied in the last three years."
While Husted said the state's more vigorous efforts to catch voter fraud have seen more people caught for the crime in recent years, he suggested that many illegally registered non-citizens are still getting away with it. That's why he is asking the Department of Homeland Security for access to more information.
"If we had access to that information we could prevent this in advance and we could find out what the probably bigger number is of people who are on the voter rolls or who have voted and shouldn’t be," he said.
Below is the graph produced by Husted's office providing a breakdown of the non-citizens they discovered illegally registered over the last few years:
Husted's office noted that those non-citizens who did vote illegally will likely be getting a call from law enforcement soon. As for those who registered illegally but did not vote, they too could be referred to law enforcement if they don't cancel their registrations. NBC reports:
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 law enforcement, according to Husted.
When Democrats bring up the fact that Donald Trump lost the popular election by about 2.8 million votes, Trump has repeatedly blamed "3 to 5 million" people voting illegally in the election for that result. While no credible figures show anything close to that number, as Ohio found, non-citizens attempting to influence the election is clearly not reserved for the Russians. The fact that hundreds registered and thus had the capacity to commit voter fraud is something that should be alarming to anyone who cares about the integrity of our elections. And this is only the fraudulent registrations they caught. In larger states, like California, New York, Florida, and Texas, the possibility of far larger numbers of non-citizens likewise illegally inserting themselves into elections, and not being discovered until it's too late, is only amplified.
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