Election Day plus two weeks of early voting presents more than enough opportunity for almost everyone.
This column went up with minor editing at Watchdog.org a short time ago.
Should citizens who have voted by absentee ballot be allowed to cast a provisional ballot on Election Day without any potential fear of prosecution for attempting to vote twice?
The two Democratic Party members on the Board of Elections in Hamilton County, whose county seat is Cincinnati, have for all practical purposes answered with an emphatic “yes.” The two Republicans on the board believed that unresolved situations should be referred to county prosecutor Joe Deters for further investigation into possible voter fraud.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted broke the 2-2 Hamilton County deadlock. In a May 30 letter to BOE Director Amy Searcy and Deputy Director Sally Krisel, Husted came down on the side of prosecutorial referral, with the following justification:
The Board for its part has admitted that it is not a professional investigative body with the resources the County Prosecutor has at his disposal. Further, the majority of the cases in question would be accompanied by the Board’s findings and recommendations that no further action be taken. … [I]t is prudent to defer to the County Prosecutor to determine whether the Board’s findings necessitate further action.
Democrats and leftists are reacting to Husted’s decision as if the end of the world is near, claiming it could “scare the hell” out of voters.
Hardly. The only people the Secretary of State’s move could possibly scare are those who seem determined to cast illegal votes.
A review of the relevant board minutes indicates that only a few of the 39 cases has any probability whatsoever of prosecution, but that several are quite deserving of Deters’ investigative attention: