A grand jury voted not to charge 17 Cuyahoga County residents who were among dozens of non-U.S. citizens identified by Ohio Sec. of State Jon Husted’s office as illegally voting or registering to vote in past elections. The grand jury voted late Tuesday not to hand up false voter registration charges against 16 people, and not to charge a 17th person with illegal voting, according to court documents made public Wednesday. The dates of offenses listed in court records date back to September 1996. Voter fraud cases can be hard to bring because investigators must show the voter knew they were not allowed to register to vote or cast a ballot.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley’s office would not discuss the case, spokesman Ryan Miday said Wednesday.
Husted’s office in February announced the results of a series of probes into the state’s 7.8 million registered voters.
The office found 385 residents who were illegally registered to vote, 82 of whom actually cast ballots in at least one election, accounting for .0049 percent of all registered voters.