**Update: KING5, the local Washington state news outlet that originally reported this story, issued a correction late Thursday night saying a federal official confirmed Cetin was, in fact, a naturalized U.S. citizen and not merely a permanent resident when he voted in past elections. Read more here.
Washington mall shooter suspect Arcan Cetin, a non-U.S. citizen, was reportedly able to vote in three elections despite having no legal right to do so.
Cetin has been arrested for shooting and killing four innocent people in a one-minute shooting spree at a Washington state mall last week, including a 16-year-old girl and a 90-year-old woman. A fifth victim critically injured during the shooting later died at the hospital.
KING5, a local news station out of Washington state, reports the 20-year-old Turkish immigrant registered to vote even though he holds only a green card, which grants an immigrant the legal right to be in the United States but does not confer the right to vote enjoyed by U.S.-born or naturalized citizens.
Cetin then voted unlawfully in three election cycles, including this year’s presidential primary.
Federal sources confirm to KING 5 that Cetin was not a U.S. citizen, meaning legally he cannot vote. However, state records show Cetin registered to vote in 2014 and participated in three election cycles, including the May presidential primary.
Cetin, who immigrated to the United States from Turkey as a child, is considered a permanent resident or green card holder. While a permanent resident can apply for U.S. citizenship after a certain period of time, sources tell KING his status had not changed from green card holder to U.S. citizen.
The report adds, very disturbingly, that “While voters must attest to citizenship upon registering online or registering to vote at the Department of Licensing Office, Washington state doesn't require proof of citizenship.”
So despite liberals’ repeated assurances that voter fraud doesn’t happen, places like Washington state that don’t check a person’s citizenship before signing them up to vote have absolutely no way of knowing whether those voting in their elections are actually eligible to do so. In fact, according to Ballotpedia, Washington state is a vote-by-mail state, and doesn't require a person to show a photo I.D. before voting. In fact, lax voting laws in places like Washington state make it impossible to know whether voter fraud is a mass problem, because there's no way to track it definitively.
Cases of voter fraud, such as a similar one in Virginia that was revealed this week, show why, despite liberal propagandizing and selective editorializing by left-leaning "journalists," the vast majority of Americans actually support stronger voter I.D. laws.