From NY Daily News: An Ohio nun was charged with voter fraud for casting an absentee ballot in the 2012 presidential election that belonging to a fellow sister who had died
, authorities have said.
Sister Marguerite Kloos, 54, allegedly voted both under her own name and under the name of Sister Rose Marie Hewitt, who had passed away a more than a month before last November's poll.
Kloos, of Delhi Township, faces up to 18 months in prison after being charged with illegal voting.
She reportedly quit her job as dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Cincinnati’s College of Mount St. Joseph's and intends to plead guilty to the charge, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.Two others have also been charged with voter fraud, after an investigation carried out by the Hamilton County Board of Elections'
Russell Glassop, 75, allegedly voted on behalf of his dead wife. Long-time poll worker Melowese Richardson, 58, has been charged with eight counts of illegal voting
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters told the Enquirer: "Elections are a serious business and the foundation of our democracy." "Individual votes may not seem important, but this could not be further from the truth," Deters added, before revealing three additional cases are still being investigated
A nun, really. SMH.
It seems Ohio has been cleaning up voter rolls and finding other incidents of voter fraud according to the Columbus Dispatch which reported in October 2012:
Three Franklin County residents face felony charges of voter fraud after the Board of Elections reported that they had voted more than once in a past election.
Each was indicted yesterday by a Franklin County grand jury on one count of illegal voting. They are accused of voting twice by casting absentee ballots under slightly different names.
Those indicted are:
• Dominique Atkins, 38, of 1532 Barnes Drive E. on the Northeast Side, who is accused of casting a second ballot on Oct. 25, 2010, under the name Dominque Atkins.
• Debbie L. Tingler, 50, of 533 Hunt Valley Dr., Reynoldsburg, who is accused of casting a second ballot on Feb. 27, 2008, under the name Deborah L. Tingler.
• Marian Wilson, 47, of 1922 Kendall Place, Grove City, who is accused of casting a second ballot on Sept. 29, 2010, under the name Marian Toles. Elections officials working to clean up the voter-registration rolls this summer uncovered the irregularities
In each case, the voter requested, received and returned absentee ballots in both names, an official in the board’s petitions and filings department said.
Illegal voting is a fourth-degree felony, which can result in up to 18 months in prison for a conviction. But under sentencing reforms that took effect last year, convictions for such offenses bring a sentence of probation if they are non-violent.
Elections officials said they last referred cases of suspected double voting to the prosecutor in 2007 and 2009, with both resulting in convictions.http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/10/17/3-people-indicted-for-felony-vote-fraud.html
Makes you wonder what would happen if voting rolls were checked throughout the United States how many violations would be found? IMO, this strengthens the case for a better system of checks - yes (IMO) we need a national voter ID.
Other cases of alleged voter fraud from recent elections include (more at the link below):
03.04.2013 – Judge admits Evidence in Alleged Voter Fraud Case (Indiana)
02.22.2013 – Felon’s “I Voted Early” Sticker leads to Arrest, Fraud Charges (FL)
02.14.2013 – Plea Deal in Indiana Democrat Political Operative Voter Fraud Case
02.07.2013 – Willmar (MN) Student Faces Felony Charges for Voting both from Home and College Precincts in 2012
02.05.2013 – 28 Subpoenas issued in Hamilton County, Ohio Voter Fraud Investigation
01.18.2013 – WI Felon Charged with Voter Fraud
01.14.2013 – Vote Fraud Charges Expected in Ohio.
12.20.2012 – County Worker in NJ Sentenced to 5 Years for Voter Fraud in Conspiracy Case
12.20.2012 – MA Lawmaker (Member of Elections Committee) Pleads Guilty to Voter Fraud
12.14.2012 – Prosecutor: SEIU Organizer Committed Voter Fraud in WI
12.05.2012 – Fraud Allegations Mar Mayor’s Race in Orange Cove, CA
12.01.2012 – Voter Fraud Investigation Prompts New Calls for Voter ID Law in WI
11.29.2012 – Cottage Grove (MN) Police Investigating Voter Impersonation Fraud
11.26.2012 – Voter Fraud Found in Mower County, Minnesota – Update: Non-citizens voted
11.24.2012 – Former Morrisville, NC Councilwoman Found Guilty of Voter Fraud
11.23.2012 – Iowa Secretary of State Expects more Voter Fraud Arrests (see below).
11.23.2012 – Over 500 Non-Citizens Removed from Colorado Voter Rolls After Investigation
11.21.2012 – Clinton, LA Police Investigating 115 Cases of Voter Fraud (13% of Total in the Small Town)
11.21.2012 – Indiana Sheriff’s Department Employees Investigated, Charged for Voter Fraud
11.20.2012 – East Longmeadow, MA Selectman & Candidate for State Rep. in Court on Voter Fraud Chargeshttp://www.electionintegritywatch.com/be-informed/news-stories/
From the Globe Gazette:
DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa's top elections administrator is vowing to continue to ferret out fraud and to push lawmakers for a voter ID law.
Secretary of State Matt Schultz says the voter fraud cases resulting in arrests so far are only the beginning.Three more cases involving a Bosnian citizen living in Clive and two Canadians who were living in Shenandoah were announced on Wednesday. They are charged with election fraud for registering and voting in Iowa without U.S. citizenship
.Two Canadian citizens and a citizen of Mexico and two convicted felons who allegedly registered to vote also have been charged
.Schultz says it's likely more arrests will come as the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division works through a list of more than 1,200 people he believes registered to vote without citizenship