COLUMBUS -- Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted's office said Monday that it has identified another 385 non-citizens who registered to vote in Ohio, and 82 of those cast ballots in primary or general elections over the past half a dozen years.
Adding to earlier checks of the voter rolls, that brings the total number of non-citizen voter registrations to 821 and non-citizens who cast ballots to 126 since Husted's office began taking count.
"In light of the national discussion about illegal voting it is important to inform our discussions with facts," Husted said in a released statement after releasing the report Monday. "The fact is voter fraud happens, it is rare and when it happens, we hold people accountable."
Franklin County, home of Ohio's capital city, had the highest number of non-citizen registrations (92), followed by Cuyahoga (61) and Hamilton (22). Cuyahoga had the highest number of illegal ballots cast by those individuals (16), followed by Franklin County (14) and Hamilton (10). And in Portage County, three non-citizens registered but did not cast ballots.
The non-citizen registrations and voting activities were discovered during reviews of bureau of motor vehicle records. Many of the registrations likely were submitted by accident by immigrants who didn't realize they were breaking the law.
Non-citizens who actually cast ballots were referred to law enforcement for potential prosecution.
Those who registered but did not vote in an election will receive letters asking them to cancel their registrations. And those who fail to do so could face prosecution.
One Democratic state lawmaker remained critical of Husted's latest report, calling it "a sad attempt to bolster the president's lie about massive voter fraud."
"Secretary Husted's own numbers again prove that ineligible people voting is almost nonexistent," Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) said in a statement. "My big concern is: Why are we always hearing about this problem after an election when we can fix it beforehand? My Automatic Voter Registration bill, Ohio House Bill 14, would eliminate the problem of having any ineligible voters on the rolls, but Secretary Husted refuses to support my bill."
The League of Voters of Ohio noted that the alleged non-citizen voters represent a small percentage of the millions of votes cast in the state's elections.