Columbiana County Board of Elections looking into potential voter fraud

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) — Voter registration forms turned in recently by the Ohio Organizing Collaborative have been raising questions at the Columbiana County Board of Elections, especially after five of the registering voters were found to be deceased.

The Morning Journal reports that Board of Elections Director Adam Booth told the board at Thursday’s meeting at least three of those were voters previously in the county’s system and had identifying information such as the date of birth, last four digits of the Social Security numbers or driver’s license numbers; but the signatures were fraudulent. Others were flagged as deceased after they were sent to other databases for verification.

There were a few other issues reported, including people who already registered, those who misspelled their own name or people listing their address where house numbers do not exist.

The Ohio Organizing Collaborative submitted between 500 to 600 voter registration forms in Columbiana County alone, according to the Morning Journal.

Board members asked to hear from some of those who were registered by the group about how information was solicited and what the group was promoting. The Board’s Vice Chairman David Johnson said he was in favor of a full investigation, including subpoenaing those involved with the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.

Detectives at the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office have reportedly been investigating the matter. Charges could stem from the investigation, including election falsification, which is a felony.

The Ohio Organizing Collaborative was formed in 2007 as an innovative statewide organization that unites community organizing groups, labor unions, faith organizations and policy institutes across Ohio, according to its website. OOC consists of 18 member organizations with members in every major metropolitan area across the state.

 

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