[3/2/17] Findings from an investigation in Ohio disprove claims that voter fraud is a “myth” or a fabrication resulting from Republican racism, as Democrats allege. According to an announcement from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, “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.”
And this is not the first time Husted’s office has found incidents of voting fraud. In 2013, his office uncovered nearly 300 non-citizens who had registered to vote in Ohio, with 17 having voted that year. In 2015, his office found another 145 registered, amongst whom 27 voted.
“I have a responsibility to preserve the integrity of Ohio’s elections system,” Secretary 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.” (Emphasis added.)
President Trump has raised questions over whether he did, in fact, lose the popular vote in the presidential election, claiming that three to five million people voted illegally. While there has yet to be proof of voting fraud on that scale, at least one study claims that Clinton received more than 800,000 votes from noncitizens. The investigation in Ohio raises further questions over the integrity of the vote.
It is for that reason that Husted is asking the Department of Homeland Security for access to additional 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.
The findings in the Ohio investigation are just the latest evidence that voter fraud is a very real concern.
Last year, just one month before the presidential election, Project Veritas released an undercover video in which a New York City Democratic election official detailed rampant voter fraud in the state.