It turns out the 20-year-old man who murdered five people in cold blood at a mall in Washington state last week is not a United States citizen, despite early speculation that he had obtained citizenship. Originally from Turkey, Arcan Cetin is currently a permanent resident or green card holder; he immigrated to America as a child. But according to an investigation by local Seattle news station KING 5, Cetin was still able to vote all these years. In fact, he illegally exercised this right conferred strictly to citizens multiple times.
KING 5 reports:
Federal sources confirm to KING 5 that Cetin was not a U.S. citizen, meaning legally he cannot vote. However, state records show Cetin registered to vote in 2014 and participated in three election cycles, including the May presidential primary.
Cetin apparently took advantage of a loophole in Washington, allowing residents to vote on the “honor system.” KING 5 explains:
While voters must attest to citizenship upon registering online or registering to vote at the Department of Licensing Office, Washington state doesn’t require proof of citizenship. Therefore elections officials say the state’s elections system operates, more or less, under an honor system.
These revelations come as Democrats, and more broadly activists on the Left, weaponize the historically-loaded phrase “voter suppression” to accuse Republicans in Congress of “disenfranchising” innocent Americans from the electoral process.
“Voting rights are under attack nationwide as states pass voter suppression laws,” alarmingly declares the leftist ACLU. “These laws lead to significant burdens for eligible voters trying to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right.”
Arguing that voter fraud is virtually non-existent, a battalion of leftist organizations, activists, and Democratic politicians have used every dirty trick in the book to “open” the electorate and facilitate a process in which voter laws are either lax or loosely enforced. From allowing convicted felons to vote to intentionally ignoring red flags that highlight double, triple, or even quadruple voting under the same name, the Left has attempted to bully the courts into lifting all restrictions on voting.
Unfortunately, Arcan Cetin’s case likely won’t change their mind. It’s an anomaly, they’ll argue, going on the offense and using attack lines like “you’re painting with a broad brush” or “you’re Islamophobic” to shift the conversation away from the issue at hand.