Across the state 450 votes in the 2012 election have come under scrutiny, with 129 of those turned over to law enforcement for investigation, Secretary of State Jon Husted has exclusively told the Enquirer. In the majority of the cases, the fraud was an “attempted effort” and only a few actually cast two ballots, Husted said. Some of the 450 made an innocent mistake, unsure whether they cast an absentee ballot with no “nefarious” intentions, Husted said. But others intentionally tried to cast two ballots by voting in their home county and then going elsewhere to cast a provisional ballot. Those 129 votes are an infinitesimal 0.00229 percent of the 5.63 votes case in the 2012 presidential election. That’s roughly one out of every 43,478 votes.
“We need to send the message that if you cheat, you will be investigated and if you are caught you will be held accountable,” Husted said. Cheating, he said, not only can impact the election – although it didn’t in this case – it erodes confidence in the election process, Husted said.
Hamilton County is the first county in the state to prosecute voter fraud out of the 2012 presidential election. Three people are facing charges.