(Columbus) – Secretary of State Jon Husted released the first ever statewide report on voter fraud Thursday.
It's based on a review of cases by Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections and the Secretary of State’s office following the 2012 Presidential Election.
To date, 135 cases have been referred to law enforcement for further investigation and possible prosecution. This includes 20 individuals Secretary Husted will refer to the Attorney General who are registered to vote in Ohio and another state, and who appear to have cast ballots in each this past November.
These cases were identified as a result of Ohio’s voluntary involvement in the Interstate Crosscheck Program – a consortium of 22 states seeking to improve overall elections integrity.
“This report demonstrates that voter fraud does exist; but it is not an epidemic,” Secretary Husted said. “More importantly, our effort to look into irregularities and root out voter fraud sends a strong message that no amount of fraud is acceptable. If you cheat, you will be caught and held accountable.”
With 15, Cuyahoga County had the most potential fraud cases.
Based on reports from the counties, no voters were denied ballots and zero referrals have been made as a result of voters claiming suppression.
“While it is apparent that incidents of voter fraud have occurred and we must remain vigilant, it is also clear that the safeguards we have in place worked in the majority of these cases,” Secretary Husted said.
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