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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:34 PM

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LIMA — Three cases of possible voter fraud are under investigation in Allen County.
Ken Terry, director of the Allen County Board of Elections, announced the cases were passed on to the prosecutor’s office after three people voted twice in the Nov. 6 election. Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick said he was aware of the cases but the Allen County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating.

In one case, Terry said the person voted twice at two separate precincts using provisional ballots. In the other two cases, the people cast absentee ballots and also voted on election day at their respective precincts—one used a provisional ballot.

“Basically, these voters cast two ballots and one of them will not count,” Terry explained. “Since all documentation leading up to the actual digital voting is paper-based, the electronic check later caught the second ballot cast.”


A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions regarding a voter’s eligibility and would be used when the voter refuses to show a photo ID, the voter’s name does not appear on the electoral roll for the given precinct, the voter’s registration contains inaccurate or out-dated information such as the wrong address or a misspelled name or the voter’s ballot has already been recorded.

Voters must present some form of identification, such as a current and valid photo ID, a military ID, a copy of a current utility bill, a bank statement or some sort of paycheck or government check, to vote.

According to Ohio law, voters who don’t provide one of those documents will still be able to vote by providing the last four digits of the Social Security number and the ballot is cast as a provisional ballot.

If the voter doesn’t have identification and doesn’t know or have a Social Security number, he or she must sign an affirmation swearing to the voter’s identity under penalty of election falsification charges and that ballot is, again, cast as provisional.

Whether a provisional ballot is counted is contingent upon the verification of that voter’s eligibility. Many voters do not realize that the provisional ballot is not counted until 7–10 days after the election so their vote does not affect the calling of the states to different candidates.

In addition, Terry reported the board had close to 2,000 provisional ballots, which is up from 1,700 in 2008, and ballots that were cast at the wrong precinct to review. Traditionally, ballots cast at the incorrect precincts would be tossed out.

Last Updated on Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:46 AM

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