Ohio’s chief elections officer is asking prosecutors around the state to investigate 17 people who voted in Ohio during the 2012 election. Secretary of State Jon Husted says those voters were not legal U-S citizens.
"There were 17 non-citizens who voted in the 2012 general elections and 274 non-citizens that are registered to vote but did not cast a ballot."
The Ohio House is slated to vote today on a bill to bolster the state's voter registration database.
The measure requires state agencies to share data with the secretary of state to help maintain Ohio's voter records. It also reduces the minimum number of electronic voting machines a county must have.
The Ohio Association of Election Officials supports the bill.
Today is the last day the House expects to be in session this year. Senators already have wrapped up work.
Two other election-related bills not scheduled for a vote have drawn more heated reaction.
Democratic state lawmakers are questioning a review by local county election boards into instances of voter suppression in Ohio during the 2012 presidential election.
Sen. Nina Turner and Rep. Kathleen Clyde said Wednesday that votes were suppressed when thousands of absentee and provisional ballots were rejected. They contend reports of long lines also discouraged voters.
The plan that would have changed rules for student voting at Ohio’s universities is dead for now.
The plan went like this: If a state funded university gave an out of state student utility credentials to vote as a resident of Ohio, that university would also have to give that student the in-state tuition rate. It’s a move that could cost state universities more than 300 million dollars. But Senate President Keith Faber says that proposal has been stripped from the Senate version of the budget.