Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters hates fraudulent voters. Dozens of Cincinnatians have been investigated, 6 have been charged, and one has been sentenced to 5 years in prison. A progressive blogger was investigated during the mayoral election.
The investigations have been disproportionately African-American, and have not included 30 police officers who may have voted in the wrong jurisdiction.
Who else hasn’t been part of the witch hunt? Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, who totally committed voter fraud in the 2012 general election.
Deters was going through a divorce in 2012, and according to the documents filed by his estranged wife they separated in July of 2012. Deters, optimistic that they would reconcile, voted in the 2012 election from his former address in Symmes Township J.
Under many other circumstances, this would be appropriate; for Ohio voting purposes, your place of residence is the address to which you expect to permanently return. However, ORC 3503.02 (D) clearly states:
The place where the family of a married person resides shall be considered to be the person’s place of residence; except that when the spouses have separated… the place where such a spouse resides… shall be considered to be the spouse’s place of residence.
Clearly, Joe Deters was not a legally qualified elector in Symmes J in November 2012. This is a violation of ORC 3599.12 (A) (1):
No person shall… vote… in a precinct in which that person is not a legally qualified elector.
Deters released a statement via text message (!) saying “I consulted with Board [of Elections] members” before voting. That would seem to be exculpatory, had he not already investigated 5 voters for following the directives of Board of Elections members.
Now, Deters surely didn’t intend to adversely impact any races. Symmes J is in uncompetitive township, judicial, State House, State Senate, and Congressional districts. No harm no foul, right?
In fact, county prosecutors say, under the law the voter’s intentions don’t matter.
What says the Ohio Voter Integrity Project? They’re the Tea Party group behind the investigations.
“How do you know what somebody’s intentions are?” said Mary Siegel, the group’s co-leader. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse. I am not saying all of this is premeditated, but it is wrong.”
Sorry, that’s what she said about African-Americans voting legally. They’re silent on Deters’ case.
Perhaps, as the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office has said, “this serves as a cautionary tale for those that think they can flaunt the system in future elections.”
Sorry, that one was also about an African-American voting.