18 voters accused casting ballots in Ohio and another state ​

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A deep dive into the data for the 2018 general election has resulted in findings of potential voter fraud over the past few weeks.​

Recently, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced 354 non-citizens registered to vote for the mid-term election, more than 70 of them cast a vote.​

On Wednesday, Ohio’s top election official released more information about potential voter fraud, this time accusing 18 individuals of casting a ballot in more than one state for the same election.​

Of the 18 people that have been referred to prosecutors for potential charges, 8 of them cast their first ballot here in Ohio.​ They won’t face charges here because a crime is committed when subsequent ballots are cast, which is why the remaining 10 people could face charges in Ohio after casting a ballot in another state.​

“My admonition to [prosecutors] is, if you find as I have that there is a credible case here to show that voter fraud occurred, then you should prosecute, because again, the law in Ohio is very clear on this and voter fraud is a felony, it’s no laughing matter,” said LaRose.

The illegal activity was caught by the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a coalition of several states sharing data, LaRose said.

“That wasn’t the case just a few years ago in Ohio,” said LaRose. “Because of that collaborative that we have through the ERIC system, we’re able to find out if someone votes in another state and votes in Ohio and that’s exactly what we did with this investigation.”​

LaRose goes on to say the small number of violations is a good thing.

“It’s important for people to know that both voter fraud and voter suppression are exceedingly rare, neither one are every acceptable. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. It’s not a partisan issue to me. Everybody should cast a vote, everybody should make their voice heard in an election but certainly only once,” he said.​

The identity of the people involved, and the other states where the votes were cast are not being shared at this time do to the issue still being under investigation and no charges being formally introduced at this time. ​ We have learned the 10 people who cast their second ballot here in Ohio did so in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, and Wayne counties once each; Franklin and Hamilton Counties both had two violations.​

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