Ohio review of voter registration rolls finds more than 100 illegally registered noncitizen voters

 May 16, 2024

Democrats and their media allies have been adamant in their denial and dismissiveness toward allegations from Republicans about voter fraud, particularly involving illegal immigrants and non-citizens.

Yet, a recent perusal of Ohio's voter rolls found there were at least 137 noncitizens who were illegally registered to vote in the state, the Daily Wire reported.

Ohio's Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose suspects the real number of illegally registered noncitizen voters is higher, and he has now called upon the Biden administration to provide unfettered access to multiple federal databases to help the state find more noncitizens who needed to be removed from the registration rolls.

Voter rolls review uncovers illegally registered noncitizen voters

Fox News reported this week that Sec. LaRose has ordered a purge of noncitizens from Ohio's voter rolls after an investigation by the state's Public Integrity Division found evidence of at least 137 noncitizens who managed to get themselves registered to vote despite their lack of U.S. citizenship.

"These individuals will receive at least two written notices from the Secretary of State’s office asking them to confirm their citizenship status or cancel their registration," LaRose told the outlet in a statement. "Failure to respond to these notices will result in removal of the registration from the voter rolls by the county boards of elections."

The secretary noted, however, that not all illegally registered noncitizen voters would face prosecution, as "It’s important to recognize that some of these registrations may be the result of an honest mistake."

"These may be well-meaning people trying to pursue the American dream, and communication barriers sometimes result in a registration form being submitted in error," LaRose added. "We need to help them get that cleared up before an accidental registration becomes an illegal vote that could result in a felony conviction or even deportation."

Ohio seeks federal assistance in voter rolls purge

Fox News further reported that Sec. LaRose suspects there are far more than just 137 illegally registered noncitizen voters in Ohio, and as such has requested cooperation from the Biden administration in providing access to several key federal databases with citizenship information that can cross-referenced with Ohio's registered voter rolls.

Those include databases managed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration, and even the federal court system's jury duty database that notes who is disqualifed due to lack of citizenship.

Whether President Joe Biden's administration actually cooperates with and assists Ohio's effort to purge its voter rolls of ineligible noncitizens is for now an unnanswered question.

House GOP unveils new bill to strengthen proof of citizenship requirements for voter registration

Meanwhile, USA Today reported last week that House Republicans, led by Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), have introduced a new "election integrity" bill dubbed as the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act.

That bill would amend the 1993 Voter Registration Act, which currently only requires prospective voters to check a box attesting to their U.S. citizenship without providing any proof, to instead require the provision of physical evidence of citizenship, such as through a birth certificate or passport.

Of course, USA Today quite predictably downplayed suspected illegal noncitizen voting as being virtually nonexistent in federal elections -- purportedly less than 1% of voters -- and essentially accused Republicans of finding a solution in search of a problem.

Yet, in announcing the new legislation, Speaker Johnson said, "We all know, intuitively, that a lot of illegals are voting in federal elections. But it’s not been something that is easily provable. We don’t have that number."

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