Jon Husted takes election fraud seriously. As the Secretary of State for Ohio, the nation’s premier swing state, Husted is charged with the important task of ensuring elections are fair and free of voter fraud.
President Obama has made voter fraud easier with his Immigration Accountability Executive Actions and Husted is not being silent on the issue. The Secretary of State penned a letter to Obama addressing how the President’s action will likely increase voter fraud.
With Ohio’s votes being so imperative in a Presidential election, droves of outside groups flood the state to register voters before a Presidential election. Federal law allows anyone with a driver’s license or social security number to vote as long as they are eligible. Husted points out the concerns this cause since Obama’s executive action will allow non-citizens to get proper identification to allow them to register and vote. Without an election official present at these registration drives, it is conceivable that proper requirements may not be explained.
“The source of the problem is that the recent executive actions enable millions of non-U.S. citizens to obtain valid Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses. Under federal law, any person with a valid Social Security number or driver’s license can register to vote, so long as they attest to their eligibility to do so. As a result, the recent executive actions dramatically expand the opportunities for illegal voter registrations in Ohio and other states by non-citizen voters who have valid forms of identification and who willingly or negligently affirm their eligibility to vote. This problem is especially serious in the context of third-party voter registration drives, which are prevalent in Ohio and other states. Such drives occur outside of the presence of election officials who could explain that citizenship—not mere lawful presence—is a fundamental requirement for registering to vote and who can caution non-citizens against erroneous attestations.”
Husted has aggressively fought voter fraud in Ohio in an attempt to preserve the voice of Ohioans. The Secretary of State will be taking this campaign for fair elections on the road to Washington D.C. tomorrow to testify during a joint hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittees on National Security and Healthcare, Benefits & Administrative Rules.
The branches of government were established for a reason. They create a system of checks and balances. Executive Actions that circumvent the legislative branch have implications that are not properly discussed and often are ignored. Husted is shining light on a massive issue that could result from Obama’s abuse of his pen and phone.