Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced on Monday that there have been one hundred seventeen reports of election fraud from the last election cycle. All cases have been brought to the attention of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost for further action.
“These 104 individuals who registered to vote and the 13 who cast a ballot each provided the BMV with documentation identifying themselves as non-citizens on at least two occasions, once before their voter activity and once after,” said LaRose in a letter to Attorney General Dave Yost. “Moreover, it appears that 9 of the 104 individuals who registered to vote and provided the BMV with documentation identifying themselves as a non-citizen on at least two occasions, once before they registered to vote and once after, also cast a ballot before or after they provided the BMV with documentation identifying themselves as non-citizens.”
The voter fraud in question includes the voting of non-citizens and the casting of thirteen illegal ballots. All of these instances have been referred to Dave Yost’s office for investigation. Though voter fraud is a serious offence, the evidence of voter fraud in Ohio doesn’t point to evidence of voter fraud on a larger scale. Nevertheless, the lawmakers in Ohio plan to do what they can to ensure that voter fraud is eradicated from future elections.
“Voter fraud is rare in Ohio,” Frank LaRose said. “One of the reasons it’s rare is because we have good laws on the books. These are small numbers, but there is no such thing as an acceptable level of voter fraud. We’re just not going to tolerate it.”
Casting a ballot as a non-citizen is a 4th degree felony and can have serious consequences, including jail time and hefty fines. Registering to vote as a non-citizen is a lesser offence, but still has potential consequences. Ohio lawmakers plan to take measures in the future in order to ensure that citizenship is verified at all stages of the voting process.
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