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Ohio Removes “Non-Citizens” From State Voter Rolls Ahead of 2024 Elections

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In a new investigation that was released to the public, over 100 non-U.S. citizens were discovered in Ohio’s voter register. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose issued an order on May 15, 2024, to remove non-citizens from the state’s voter registers.

An investigation by the Public Integrity Division of Ohio found that 137 people on Ohio voter registers did not have U.S. citizenship. Under Ohio laws, a voter must confirm their non-citizenship to the BMV twice and update voter registration on more than two occasions.

According to LaRose, some of the non-voters might have made their registration by mistake or error. He believes that not all of them plan on committing election fraud.

According to LaRose, it’s critical to acknowledge that a genuine error may have led to some of these registrations. Furthermore, the non-citizens may be well-intentioned individuals attempting to live the American dream and highlighting that poor communication occasionally leads to the submission of a registration form by mistake.

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LaRose said they needed help to address issues before facing legal consequences like criminal charges or deportation. The department noted that more non-citizens could be involved than was found in the initial LaRose office inquiry.

It was determined that around 70% of details in the BMV database are required to match with some data in other databases, including federal ones. Consequentially, Ohio is pressing on the Biden administration for access to several databases regarding citizenship information.

The first ask concerns the SAVE database kept by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. They believe this database contains adequate data on citizenship for immigrants in the country.

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They also requested a list of people who are not eligible for jury service and documents from the Social Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and the federal district courts.

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LaRose serves as the vice chairman of the Republican Secretaries of State Committee. His office claims that Ohio’s election systems will serve as a model for other GOP-led states.

The 2024 Special 6th District Congressional General Election has begun with early voting. The 6th Congressional District encompasses Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Mahoning, Monroe, Noble, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Washington Counties.

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ALSO READ: Republican Official Warns Biden Could Be Removed From General Election Ballot in Ohio

From now until June 9, 2024, all registered voters in the district can cast an early in-person ballot at their county board of elections. After the primary election in March 2024, Ohio’s county boards of elections completed its post-election audit.

There is a 99.9% accuracy rate in the results. The audits boost voter trust, ensure election security, and hold boards accountable for accurate results.

Additionally, Secretary LaRose announced a new election integrity measure, including an annual recheck of the voter registration list, a regular clear-audit maintenance procedure, and verification of voter citizenship.

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