Suspect in the Washington mall shooting voted, but he's not a citizen


Arcan Cetin, the suspect in the Washington mall shooting, might also face an investigation into his voting record.

News station KING-TV discovered he voted in three elections over the past three years, even though he isn't a U.S. citizen.

He moved from Turkey as a child and holds a green card, so he's considered a permanent resident. But permanent residents don't have all the same rights that a citizen would.

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Arcan Cetin, 20, of Oak Harbor is seen in a Washington State Department of Licensing photo released by the Washington State Patrol after they announced his capture in relation to a mass shooting in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 24, 2016. Washington State Patrol/Handout via Reuters FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
An image taken from security video shows the gunman who opened fire in the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington on Friday night, and who is still at large, released by the Washington State Patrol, September 24, 2016. Sgt Mark Francis/Washington State Patrol/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Authorities are pictured at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight
Authorities are pictured at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Washington State Trooper Mark Francis speaks to the media at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight
Authorities are pictured at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight
Authorities are pictured at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight
Authorities are seen at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight
Authorities are shown at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight
Washington State Trooper Mark Francis speaks to the media at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Bellingham SWAT officers are seen at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Medics wait to gain access to the Cascade Mall after four people were shot dead in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 24, 2016. Sgt Mark Francis/Washington State Patrol/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BURLINGTON, WA - SEPTEMBER 23: Police attend the Cascade Mall after three women were reportedly shot dead and a man critically injured following a shooting at the shopping center on September 23, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. The suspect is believed to still be at large. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
BURLINGTON, WA - SEPTEMBER 23: The scene outside the Cascade Mall as people are evacuated on buses after three women were reportedly shot dead and a man critically injured following a shooting at the shopping center on September 23, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. The suspect is believed to still be at large. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
Medics wait to gain access to the Cascade Mall after four people were shot dead in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 24, 2016. Sgt Mark Francis/Washington State Patrol/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BURLINGTON, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: (L-R) Ariel Pantoja, 19, Bayley Morrow, 18 and Makayla Bentley, 18, light candles at a makeshift memorial outside the Cascade Mall on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Around 20 people gathered to honor the five victims who were killed in a shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington yesterday. It has been reported that the gunman has been taken into custody. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
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He was arrested the day after the shooting, walking down the street in what police called a "zombie-like" state. His stepfather said he had anxiety and depression, and records show a mental health facility previously tried to have the suspect involuntarily committed.

He was charged with assault in 2015 over an incident with his stepfather.

State officials said that since Washington doesn't require proof of citizenship, their hands are essentially tied.

"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," Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman told KING-TV.

Voter fraud isn't nonexistent in the U.S., but it's also not exactly a wide scale problem. One analysis found that only about one in every 15 million votes was fraudulent between 2000 and 2012.

The suspect is facing five counts of first-degree premeditated murder. Police haven't ruled out terrorism as a motive but say there's no evidence he had any links to terrorist groups. His bail has been set at $2 million.

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