A man who went on a shooting rampage in a store in the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington is in custody, accused of killing five people. The suspect, Arcan Cetin, a 20-year-old, is being charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder.
There’s also another element to the story that could result in other charges for Cetin:
Cascade mall shooter isn't a U.S. citizen, but voted in 3 election cycles. https://t.co/zcCJcJK6QY
— Rob Bluey (@RobertBluey) September 29, 2016
From KING 5 [emphasis ours]:
The Cascade Mall shooting suspect, Arcan Cetin, may face an additional investigation related to his voting record and citizenship status.
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.
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. Therefore elections officials say the state’s elections system operates, more or less, under an honor system.
Just a couple years ago, then-Attorney General Eric Holder said vote fraud was “a problem that doesn’t exist.”
@RobertBluey they operate on the honor system?
— Mike Stern (@mls1776) September 29, 2016
What could go wrong?
That can't be so. We've been assured voter fraud is a myth. https://t.co/C1eNaudCGU
— Walter Olson (@walterolson) September 29, 2016
The story doesn’t say who Cetin voted for.
KING 5 has updated their story, saying that federal authorities have determined Cetin is “a naturalized U.S. citizen.”