COLUMBUS -- More than a dozen people who are living in Ohio legally but who are not U.S. citizens illegally cast ballots in recent elections.
And another 274 so-called non-citizens are registered to vote but have not visited the polls.
All were identified in a recent review of the state's voter rolls by Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, who again called on lawmakers to approve online voter registration to further cut down on the number of ineligible residents attempting to participate in the state's elections.
Husted referred 17 cases of non-citizens who cast ballots to the attorney general's office for further investigation and plans to send letters to those who are registered but who have not cast ballots, urging them to cancel their registrations.
"I want to be clear -- the people in question are not in Ohio illegally," Husted said Wednesday. "They are documented immigrants who are non-citizens. However, as such, they are not eligible to vote."
Franklin County had the highest number of non-citizens who cast ballots (five), plus another 68 who registered to vote but did not participate in an election.
Two non-citizens registered in Portage County but did not cast ballots.
State Rep. Kathleen Clyde of Kent said the non-citizen results illustrate how small a problem election fraud is.
"Thirteen months after the November 2012 election, the secretary is focused on 0.0003 percent of the 5.63 million votes cast," she said. "In that same election, over 47,000 voters had their ballots thrown out and over 3 million Ohioans did not participate in their election at all. When will the secretary hold a press conference on ... the real problems in Ohio elections?"
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at email@example.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.