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 told reporters during a morning press conference Wednesday. "They are documented immigrants who are non-citizens. However, as such, they are not eligible to vote. None of the cases involve illegal or undocumented immigrants, and we have no evidence of an illegal/undocumented immigrant voting in any election."
Among area counties, two non-citizens registered to vote in Fulton County, but they did not cast ballots. Defiance had no non-citizens registered or voting.
The non-citizen registrations and voting activities were discovered during a check of bureau of motor vehicle records.
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.
Cuyahoga County was second, with four non-citizens voting and 57 others who registered but didn't cast ballots. Hamilton was third, with three who voted and 28 who registered, followed by Summit, with 24 registrations but no ballots cast.