18 voters accused of casting ballots in both Ohio and another state


Darrel Rowland - The Columbus Dispatch (TNS)



Eighteen voters cast ballots in both Ohio and another state in the November 2018 general election, Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Wednesday.

He referred those 18 voters to prosecutors.

The double-voting was caught by the Electronic Registration Information Center, a nonprofit sharing voting data from 30 states.

“One person. One vote. State law makes it abundantly clear that Ohioans may only vote once in an election,” LaRose said in a release.

“The reason is simple and obvious: any additional vote diminishes the value of other votes. One of the big reasons voter fraud is so rare is because states are stepping up to enforce the law whenever it is broken.”

Any prosecution would take place in the state where the second vote was cast. Ohio had 10 of those, from the following counties: Cuyahoga (1), Franklin (2), Geauga (1), Hamilton (2), Lorain (1), Medina (1), Summit (1), Wayne (1).

The move comes a week after LaRose referred to the attorney general more than 350 registered voters he said were non-citizens — including 77 who actually cast ballots in the 2018 mid-term.

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Darrel Rowland

The Columbus Dispatch (TNS)

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