Via KING 5: “For days after the shooting, Cetin was described by local and federal law enforcement as being a permanent U.S. resident… On Thursday, a federal official told KING that further investigation revealed that Cetin is a naturalized U.S. citizen. That means he was legally registered to vote.”
But Cetin’s eligibility was unknown, unverified and unverifiable at the time he registered and voted, as is the eligibility of every other registered voter in the state of Washington.
Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman acknowledged that “current state law doesn’t allow us to verify citizenship when we take a voter’s registration… We don’t have the ability to verify citizenship, nor does the Department of Licensing,” and “there is absolutely no way for us to check” how many non-citizens are on the state’s voter rolls.
Regardless of Cetin’s status, that’s still a problem.