As Investigation Continues, More Referrals Are Expected
Today, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose referred four individuals to the Ohio Attorney General and county prosecutors for potential voter fraud violations. Thanks to a joint partnership with several states around the nation, Ohio has been able to identify individuals who allegedly voted first in one state, and then cast another ballot in Ohio in violation of state law. All violations occurred in the 2020 general election. This referral is the first round of several and includes individuals identified through partnerships with Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, and Oregon. Additional referrals in conjunction with other partner states are expected.
“Ohio has a zero-tolerance policy for voter fraud,” said LaRose. “It’s one person, one vote. That’s what Ohioans expect when they cast their ballot and it’s what we will continue to deliver. Voter fraud is exceedingly rare in Ohio because the word is out – if you try to vote twice, we will catch you.”
The review utilized the data provided by partner states to cross-match with voter history in Ohio. Each potential violation was then initially investigated individually in coordination with the Secretary of State’s office or local jurisdiction in the additional state. According to state law, the criminal act is the second vote. Relevant documentation is being referred to law enforcement for further investigation and potential prosecution.
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