A Hamilton County poll worker voted twice in the 2013 mayoral election, prompting the county elections board Tuesday to refer her to the prosecutor’s office. Casting two votes is a felony under Ohio law. Ellen Duncan, 54, who had been a poll worker for about 15 years, voted absentee and then in person while working at the Urban League on Reading Road, according to Board of Elections paperwork. Both of her votes were counted. Duncan, a Republican, is the second Hamilton County poll worker in the last two years who was caught casting more than one vote.
The fraud was detected during a routine cross-check of absentee and Election Day voting, Board of Elections Director Amy Searcy said. At Tuesday’s Board of Elections meeting, Duncan testified that she didn’t remember doing it and repeatedly apologized.
Hamilton County Board of Elections Chairman Tim Burke, who is also the county Democratic Party chairman, said it was appropriate to send the information to the prosecutor. The vote to do so was unanimous.