A recent review by Secretary of State Jon Husted found 145 non-citizens were registered to vote in Ohio, and that 27 may have voted. (Seven were in Cuyahoga County.) A 2013 Husted review found another 291 aliens registered to vote; 17 had voted. That total of 44 voting aliens equals less than 0.0006 percent of Ohio’s 7.7 million voters. Husted is asking non-citizens who are registered to vote, but who’ve not voted, to remove themselves from the rolls. Illegal voting is a crime that can bar someone from naturalization. Husted said asking non-voting aliens to cancel their registrations can protect them from inadvertently disqualifying themselves from future citizenship by voting.
Those facts are pertinent to the debate over President Barack Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions, because of overblown fears demagogic foes have expressed about the possibility of mass voting by non-citizens.
In congressional testimony last month, Husted, Ohio’s chief elections officer, and a Republican from suburban Dayton, said he wasn’t at the Capitol “to debate immigration policy or the president’s executive actions.”
But Husted told a U.S. House subcommittee that Obama’s immigration moves would provide, nationwide, “for an estimated four to five million non-citizens … access to Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses.”