Now that the 2012 election is over, reports of voting irregularities — even outright fraud — are beginning to surface. Close to home, St. Lucie County has become the subject of a lawsuit, and Hamilton County, Ohio, is also coming under fire.
As I watched the results on Nov. 6, the instant Ohio fell, I knew it was all over for Mitt Romney. “What happened there?” I wondered. Gov. John Kasich, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and House Speaker John Boehner were supposed to have had the Buckeye State all sewn up.
As it turns out, maybe Ohio wasn’t such a rout for President Obama as was originally reported.
In an exclusive report, Barry Horstman wrote in the Cincinnati Enquirer that “more than two dozen subpoenas” have been issued in Hamilton County, which includes the city of Cincinnati, all having to do with election fraud allegedly committed by voters and poll workers alike. The Enquirer story said:
By a unanimous vote, the four-member county Board of Elections decided Tuesday to issue 28 subpoenas and scheduled two hearings later this month at which voters will be given a final opportunity to provide explanations before the cases are turned over to prosecutors for possible criminal charges. Pending further investigation, several other subpoenas may be issued later.
Some of the cases involve attempted double-voting in Walnut Hills, Westwood, Silverton and elsewhere. One deals with a Florida resident who attempted to use her old Greater Cincinnati address to vote in Hamilton County last November. And in another episode, someone who voted at an Avondale polling place on Election Day claimed to be a woman who already had cast an absentee ballot.
“She did not attempt to vote twice,” elections board chairman Tim Burke told the Enquirer. “Someone apparently voted in her name.”
Most troubling for election officials was the accidental discovery that a veteran poll worker appeared to have been engaged in a double-voting scheme allegedly involving both her and her granddaughter. She had served as a poll worker since 1988.
According to the Enquirer, the poll worker then attempted to cover up her activities:
Ordinarily, her Election Day vote would have been flagged by a supplemental list of voters who had requested absentee ballots, but that list was mysteriously missing from that polling place. The poll’s presiding judge later told officials that the woman in question “was disruptive and hid things from the workers on Election Day,” according to an elections board report.
Further investigation indicated that the poll worker apparently prepared absentee ballots using the names of at least three other voters.
Another unusual circumstance involved the case of a 75-year-old woman who died before her absentee ballot was even mailed out to her.
“There’s no way this person voted that ballot,” elections board member Alex Triantafilou told the Enquirer. “On its face, it looks like the husband voted for the deceased wife.”
Read more at cincinnati.com.
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