A group of citizens has uncovered almost 100 people in Hamilton County who are allegedly registered to vote someplace other than where they live – which is illegal. Election records show two-thirds of them actually voted from those addresses, meaning they could have cast a vote in a local election in which they weren’t entitled to have a say. Did they commit a crime? Ohio law says people must reside at the address where they’re registered. That’s because people vote on local issues – councils, commissioners, levies. The Hamilton County Board of Elections today will discuss what to do about these cases. It could send those cases to the prosecutor for further investigation and even possible felony charges.
The board has already challenged the voters’ residency, meaning the next time those people go to vote, a poll worker will ask them to prove they live where they’re registered. If the voter can’t, they’ll have to cast a provisional ballot. They’ll have to give a valid residential address to get the provisional ballot.
An Enquirer review of cases under scrutiny by the Board of Elections show people in 67 of the 98 cases – or 68 percent – voted using an alleged wrong address.
Many of themregistered to vote using as their addresses post office boxes inside post offices or at UPS stores. In other cases, voters used a business address, not a residence. Others registered to vote at businesses like a commuter college that had no dorms and even at a cellphone store. Officials couldn’t tell from the registration form that the addressess weren’t residences.