Last Friday, a man who was initially described by police as Hispanic, but later found to be a Turkish national, opened fire at Cascade Mall in Washington state. He killed one man and four women.
Now, it’s been revealed that the 20-year-old Cascade Mall murder suspect Arcan Cetin was not a U.S. citizen. He had a green card – which meant he was a permanent resident – but never applied for citizenship.
On top of that, he registered to vote in 2014 when he was 18, and voted in three elections, including the presidential primaries in May. (Some questionable reports suggest he may have voted for Hillary Clinton.) But it’s against federal law for non-U.S. citizens to vote.
I know that liberals say that fraud like this doesn’t occur and is merely a right-wing conspiracy theory, but it does happen. In the state of Washington, they don’t have a process in place to verify voters’ citizenship status. They simply use the honor system, and they don’t ask for verification.
As Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman explained to King5’s Natalie Brand: “We don’t have a provision in state law that allows us either county elections officials or the Secretary of State’s office to verify someone’s citizenship. So, we’re in this place where we want to make sure we’re maintaining people’s confidence in the elections and the integrity of the process, but also that we’re giving this individual, like we would any voter, his due process. We’re moving forward, and that investigation is really coming out of the investigation from the shootings.”
The fact that they don’t have that process in place just might be an indicator that this kind of vote fraud happens more than people think. Cetin certainly wasn’t the first non-U.S. citizen to vote, and I’m sure he won’t be the last.
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