Ohio Man Allowed to Vote Twice

More than just exposing a single fraudster casting multiple votes (votes that cannot be uncast), this Chronicle-Telegram story reveals a more fundamental challenge to election integrity:  poll workers who do not follow election laws.


The Lorain County Board of Elections is investigating a Henrietta Township man who cast two ballots during the presidential election.


The man, who could potentially face criminal charges for voter fraud, requested an absentee ballot on Oct. 23, and the ballot was returned to the elections board Nov. 3, according to board records. The man then voted at his polling place Nov. 6.


Elections board Director Paul Adams said the voting book at the polling location indicated that he already cast an absentee ballot but was allowed to sign the book over where it said “absentee sent.”  Adams said the voter should have been told that he had already voted and was denied a ballot or given a provisional ballot if he insisted. The presiding judge at the polling place told elections officials that she did not recall what happened with the voter, but Adams said her conduct also is under review.


“This is definitely a problem for this poll worker,” he said.


And a problem for our electoral system.  Whether due to poor training, indifference, or collusion, the effect of poll workers ignoring the law is the same:  election results that don’t reflect the will of the voters.

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