Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) has sent out 126 criminal referrals for illegal aliens who voted in the elections. Those referrals go to law enforcement for investigation and then to local DAs for prosecution. In total Husted found that there were 821 non citizens registered to vote. He is sending letters to all of the ones who did not actually vote, telling them to remove their names from the voting rolls or face prosecution.
Liberals and the media are crowing, saying that this proves voter fraud is almost nonexistent. They’re wrong. It means that 832 immigrants were too stupid to use a fake name and address and to use voting by mail. The easiest way to vote illegally is by absentee ballot and since a valid ID is not required to register, those illegal voters are almost impossible to catch.
“I have a responsibility to preserve the integrity of Ohio’s elections system. 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.”
Trump has publicly asked for a nationwide investigation of voter fraud and mused aloud that the effort should perhaps be led by Vice President Mike Pence, but it is unclear at this point what concrete steps have been undertaken to begin such an undertaking, if any. The analysis conducted by Husted is thus far the largest sample of its kind that has been taken with respect to the 2016 vote and would seem to suggest that, in at least one large swing state, illegal voting was not nearly as prevalent as Trump has suggested.
However, it should be noted that the Ohio study did not purport to exhaustively examine other kinds of potentially illegal voting, including votes by felons or votes cast on behalf of deceased individuals, both of which have been implicated by Trump and other Republicans as possible sources of voter fraud.