Encouraging news from Ohio:
Amid new allegations of voter fraud, the Ohio Secretary of State conceded today that the eligibility of nearly one third of newly registered voters is in question.
The latest developments raising questions about the integrity of this battleground state’s voting system came 18 days before the Nov. 4 presidential election:
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said a preliminary review showed that 200,000 of the 666,000 voters who registered since Jan. 1 must have their eligibility verified to comply with a federal court order.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien confirmed that he is investigating alleged voter and registration fraud involving 13 newly registered voters who came to Columbus for a get-out-the-vote campaign and used the same address, a small East Side home.
The Ohio Republican Party requested information about newly registered voters from elections boards in all 88 counties to look into reports of fraudulent voter registration.
Elections officials across the state said they fear chaos if they must verify the validity of thousands of newly registered voters in the busy days leading up to the election.
O’Brien told The Dispatch that he is investigating allegations that 13 out-of-state residents recently registered to vote, all claiming to live at 2885 Brownlee Rd.
The individuals apparently were in Columbus working for Vote From Home, a group working to increase young-voter turnout in Ohio and using the house as their base of operation, O’Brien said.
“None of the people who registered had prior contacts with Columbus and Franklin County,” O’Brien said. “You must be a resident of the state of Ohio in order to register and cast a ballot, and that’s the issue being examined - whether they were proper residents of Ohio.”
Two of the individuals voted in person at Veteran’s Memorial while a third returned a completed absentee ballot by mail, said Matt Damshroder, deputy director of the Franklin County Board of Elections.
Another seven using the address requested absentee ballots by mail, but it is not yet clear if they have submitted them. Three others registered but did not request an absentee ballot or participate in early voting.
Election fraud is a fifth-degree felony with a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
(via Michelle Malkin)
As a reminder, Vote From Home is a political action committee run by "Marshall, Rhodes, Truman, and Fulbright Scholars" who "have extensive experience with political organizing, election administration, and Democratic politics". I think they mean Democrat politics. The capital "D" pretty much alleviates any confusion about what they mean by "Democratic".
How many millions of dollars are spent tracking and identifying voter fraud? For every fraudulent registration/voter identified how many more are missed? The best (and only) way to stop this is to repeal the Motor Voter Act. Allowing people to just sign a piece of paper and mail it in is insane. An open invitation to fraud.
...judged by its purposes, the National Voter Registration Act should be judged a failure. The Act has brought about a substantial increase in the number of registered voters. However, that increase has been bought at a high price. Specifically, the Act has made it difficult if not impossible to maintain clean registration rolls, a major purpose of the law. Moreover, the inaccuracy in the rolls caused by the Act has thrown into doubt the integrity of our electoral system. Finally, the Act has also failed to achieve its other purpose of increasing voter turnout. In sum, the National Voter Registration Act has provided few of its promised benefits and imposed significant costs on the nation. For that reason, "Motor Voter" seems ripe for reform.
We must repeal the Motor Voter Act.
In the meantime, the Marshall, Rhodes, Truman, and Fulbright Scholars should be hauled back to Ohio to answer these charges.