Hamilton County Board of Elections to release info about voter fraud probe

CINCINNATI - The Hamilton County Board of Elections is set to release more information on Wednesday morning about their investigation into Hamilton County residents who used UPS store addresses when registering to vote for the November 2012 election.

In March, Marlene Hess Kocher of the Voter Integrity Project gave board members documents claiming that 47 people registered to vote last year and listed their addresses as eight of the 10 UPS stores in Hamilton County. On Wednesday, nine names are expected to be added to the list.

Subpoenas have been issued to UPS storeowners to try and gather more information about the voting status of each person. If the investigation turns up as voter fraud, the charge is a felony.

A Hamilton County Grand Jury has already indicted three people on voter fraud charges — a man who allegedly voted for his late wife, a nun and a Madisonville woman whom investigators say may have voted several times. In addition, the board may review cases next month of a Kentucky resident possibly voting in Ohio and a disabled man whose caregiver might have filled out his ballot.

There is a way people can vote on Election Day even if they're not sure where they'll be living. They can go to the polling place where they're staying and request a provisional ballot. It won't be counted until the address is verified.

There have been some instances in the past where police officers have registered to vote using the police station address because they don't want their home address to become public record.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections will discuss the investigation during their regularly scheduled meeting at 8:30 a.m.

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