Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bloated Voter Rolls in Crucial Swing State

In Ohio, more than one out of every five registered voters is probably ineligible to vote. In this key swing-state that can make a big difference in determining who both national and state elected officials will be.  Two Ohio counties had more voters registered than were eligible to vote. Further, another 31 counties currently have registration numbers at more than 90 percent of those eligible, which is seen as unrealistic by voting experts with the national average being slightly above 70 percent.

In Presidential elections, it will be difficult to determine which votes to count and lawsuits concerning the results will surely ensue.  Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has attempted to clean up the rolls, but it appears he does not have the power to completely fix the problem.

“Common sense says that the odds of voter fraud increase the longer these ineligible voters are allowed to populate our rolls.”

Husted contacted Attorney General Holder’s Office in an effort to discuss balancing seemingly conflicting federal laws in an effort to clean up Ohio’s dirty voter list without removing eligible voters. However Holder’s office has not responded. Husted stated:

“As Ohio’s chief elections official, it is my responsibility to ensure the votes of every eligible voter are counted and ensure the integrity and accuracy of the results.” He went on to say that “This is a difficult task when federal regulations limit Ohio’s ability to remove ineligible names, thereby increasing the chance for voter fraud.”

Additionally, there is the problem of inactive voters. An inactive voter is someone who has not voted in at least four years or has likely moved out of state. Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch stated “Those (inactive voters) are all potential names that could be used for voter fraud.” Currently under federal law, elections officials are not allowed to remove an inactive voter unless they can present a prima facie evidence that he or she is no longer eligible.  Of Ohio’s 7.8 million registered voters, nearly 1.6 million are regarded as “inactive.”
According to the Columbus Dispatch, of the inactive voters identified with a party, 53 percent are Democratic and 45 percent Republican. Additionally, roughly 750,000 haven’t voted in Ohio since at least 2007.  Even registered voters who have informed the U.S. Postal Service that they are moving out of state cannot be purged, according to Husted spokeswoman Maggie Ostrowski. The secretary of state instead can only send these voters letters asking them to voluntarily withdraw their Ohio registration; but if they don’t they continue to be listed on the rolls.
The process for removing inactive voters usually takes several years. Husted has partnered with the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles to improve the state’s voter registration database so election workers could cross-check the identities of voters. Last week, Husted released the first ever-statewide report on voter fraud based on a review of cases by Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections and the Secretary of State’s office following the 2012 Presidential Election. The report lists that 135 cases of voter fraud have been referred to law enforcement for further investigation. With these numbers it is likely that more fraud exists. Hopefully something can be done before the next Presidential election because although Ohio has lost population in recent years it remains one the few states that is in play for both parties in all national elections.

1 comment:

  1. Democrats don't care - it's all about obtaining and maintaining power while pretending to care about democratic (with a lowr-case "d")processes.

    Early voting, internet voting, drive-by voting, nursing home voting, absentee voting, same-day registration, motor-voter registration, registering college students to vote at their dormitory addresses (why do you think the Prez speaks so often at Ohio State?), lack of voter ID, failure to prove citizenship, and Justice Department refusal to let states purge their lists of ineligiable voters are all part of the same plan - in the words of our Prez, to "fundamentally transform" America from within while pretending to have done it lawfully and through democratic processes.

    In fact it is a brazen attempt to transform a Constitutional Repulic into a European-style socialist welfare state through Saul Alinsky community-organizing tactics, and they are well on their way if not on the verge of total success.

    In order to preserve this nation as a Constitutional Republic, Republicans and like-minded citizens must do what Democrats have done for decades: Organize!

    That means knocking on doors (starting yesterday) to identify and register likely Republican voters and to make sure they turn out at the polls on election day.

    Republicans need the same ground game that Democrats have -- all the commercials and all the debates in the world are not worth one person who will make sure that every registered voter in his or her precinct or ward who will likely vote Republican gets to the polls on (or before, in the case of early voting) election day.

    It may well be too late, but it's definitely not too early, to start a program in your state or Congressional district to "Hold the House" in 2014.

    Please take this message seriously. Your family's future and our way of life depend on it.