The Hamilton County Board of Elections spent the year investigating voter fraud allegations. In the end, six people were charged, and another 42 referred to the secretary of state, who oversees voting for Ohio. An Enquirer review of the local cases showed that, except for one criminally convicted poll worker, it amounted to a few people who stepped over the line in their zealousness to vote. Ultimately, Hamilton County’s 48 cases represented 0.011 percentof the 421,997 votes cast in Hamilton County’s 2012 general election. “Oftentimes we see dramatic allegations of rampant voter fraud,” said Dan Tokaji, an Ohio State University law professor and election law expert. “But the more deeply you look, the less fraud there really is. “That’s not to say there’s isn’t any,” he added. “People cheat.”
Statewide, 270 cases were referred to the the secretary of state’s office for review. Only Franklin County, with 92 cases, had more than Hamilton County’s 48 cases. Butler County sent 11 cases; Clermont County, 2. Warren County didn’t send any.
Hamilton County Republican chairman Alex Triantafilou called the attention to voter fraud “overdue.”
“If we had six identified felony cases of voter suppression we would have federal monitors in here,” Triantafilou said. “These allegations are serious. The board did the work it needed to do and should continue to root out fraud.”