The Cascade Mall attacker in Washington, Arcan Cetin, is being charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder — but he’s getting away with voter fraud.
According to KING-TV, Arcan Cetin illegally voted three times since 2014, including in the May presidential primary.
Fox News reports:
Cetin, who came to the U.S. from Turkey as a child, never applied for citizenship and remained in the country as a permanent resident.
The state’s election system operates on an honor system of sorts, since an individual who shows up to vote does not have to prove he or she is an American citizen.
“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,” explained Secretary of State Kim Wyman.
According to Washington’s Secretary of State office, the penalty for voting as a non U.S. citizen could result in five years of prison time or a $10,000. But because voting is based on an “honor system”, it’s unlikely that many are convicted of voter fraud. And it’s very likely Cetin wasn’t the only one illegally voting.
Wyman added: “Our hands are kind of tied, but make no mistake, we want to make sure that everybody has confidence that people casting ballots are eligible. This is certainly going to be a topic at next legislation.”
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(H/T: Fox News)