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Group Uncovers Massive Ohio Election Fraud
November 18, 2009
Allege Signature Shortfall, Convicted Felon Circulators, and More
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of Ohio owners and concerned citizens met last Friday to discuss allegations of
election fraud surrounding the SmokeFree Petition Initiative in 2006.
According to an audit conducted since June, 2009 (via ),
Opponents of Ohio Bans has discovered multiple violations of elections laws,
each of which carries penalties ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, and the
blatant disregard of a court order. Glancing through over 9,700 petitions, only
obvious violations were noted. OoOB was assured by a representative of the
that we have "everything" relating to the 2006 SmokeFree Ohio
Petition Initiative petitions. OoOB alleges the following election law
Inconsistent application of the laws by Boards of Elections
Improper validation of signatures by Boards of Elections
Part-petitions that should have been invalidated
At least 47 convicted felons hired as petition circulators and/or supervisors
(who completed Form 15s) - part petitions should have been invalidated
This is perhaps the most frightening part of our investigation. Felons who had
been convicted of rape or who were listed on the Ohio Sexual Offender website
supervised and/or collected a staggering 1,236 signatures. Whose mother or
daughter unknowingly gave a rapist or sexual offender their address? Now
incarcerated, one such petition circulator, with a previous
for gross sexual imposition, went to court last month for the rape of a child
under the age of 13. He pled to a lesser charge. Five hundred fifty-one people
gave their signatures to people who were convicted of forgery-their signatures!
Circulators and supervisors also had felony convictions for drug trafficking,
grand theft/theft, aggravated arson, burglary, breaking and entering, weapons,
kidnapping, etc. Who let this happen?
Paid circulators provided FALSE ADDRESSES
The law required the circulators to provide their permanent address, not a motel
(ORC 3501.48(E)(1) . One circulator who travels state to state for the lucrative
petition industry, listed 11645 Chesterdale Rd., Springdale, Ohio as his
address. The Form 15 he filed listed a Florida address. The State of Ohio had a
copy of the Form 15 and his petitions with conflicting addresses, yet allowed
the petitions to be validated. Another circulator also listed the Chesterdale
Road address as her residence, as did circulator employer Ron Lovell. The over
7,200 signatures Lovell paid for listed the Chesterdale Road address as Lovell's
business address. That address is the Extended Stay Motel in Springdale.
Serious mathematical errors on Worklog-Supplementa l 2 which accounted for a
5,617 signature error.
Form 15s not filed, not timely filed or filed under a different name than
provided on circulator statement
Violating 3501.381 ORC invalidates all related part petitions and is a
misdemeanor. At least five petition employers filed Form 15s with the Secretary
of State either after signatures were collected by their employees, filed no
Form 15 at all, or filed under a different company name than was listed on the
circulator statement, as evidenced by the copies provided by the SOS. The
employees of these five employers submitted over 29,000 signatures.
Memo from one to the SOS Office asking what to do with a
petition with the sole signature dated days prior to the issuance of the
petition. The reply from the SOS Office was, "If this for the Smoke Free
petition-this does not invalidate an otherwise valid signature". What if it
wasn't a SmokeFree Ohio petition?
Expenditures for payments to petition companies not reported as such on the
Secretary of State's website as an expenditure for SmokeFree Ohio, as required
Judge David Cain court order ignored (In re Protest of Evans Against Initiative
Petition Proposing Smoke Free Workplace Act, 2006-Ohio-4690) May 4, 2006,
Judge David Cain (In re Protest of Evans Against
Petition Proposing Smoke Free Workplace Act, 2006-Ohio-4690) ordered a "complete
list of the circulators not employed by ACS but who listed ACS as their
employer". Exhibit A contained circulators from 28 counties, invalidating
between 43,403-44,664 signatures. However, of Ohio's 88 counties, 77 counties
had circulators who listed the ACS as their employer, not 28 counties. We
received incomplete copies of some petitions from the first supplemental,
therefore we could only verify that at least an additional 3,470 signatures
should have been invalidated. Why were 49 counties left off the list? Those
signatures alone would have kept Issue 5 off the ballot.
September 8, 2006, SmokeFree Initiative ordered placed on ballot by SOS.
September 11, 2006, upheld Judge Cain's decision
September 19, 2006 SFO told to submit additional 23,270 valid signatures
September 28, 2006 SOS received 2nd supplement of petitions from SFO; SOS told
County Boards of Elections they had 2+ business days to check signatures against
voting records, check data base for duplicates & properly tally the numbers
October 5, 2006, SOS declared SFO had enough signatures
Note that Issue 5 was place on the ballot 20 days before the petitions were
received and nearly a month before the SOS declared enough signatures.
Had any one of these voting laws or even the court order been adhered to, the
SmokeFree Workplace Act would not have been on the ballot in 2006. OoOB contends
the State of Ohio was aware they did not have enough signatures. They pulled
Issue 1 off the ballots after it was certified the same election year. They
should have Issue 5 as well. "Clearly, the law is for sale in Ohio," stated Bill
It is the duty of the Secretary of State to certify the sufficiency of the
petitions and investigate the administration of , frauds.. (ORC
3501.05). This ballot issue wreaks of violations of numerous laws. The BOE
employees did not do their jobs. The Secretary of State did not do his job.
Someone needs to enforce the laws and pursue convictions. The lucrative industry
of non-grassroots, bussed in petition companies must stop. Background checks
must be done on all circulators and they must carry state-issued clearance photo
ID. Circulators should not be able to collect signatures for competing issues,
as LIN-V-CO did in 2006.
The people demand honesty and integrity in the electoral process; we had neither
with Issue 5. The laws governing the petition initiative process are in place;
they're just not enforced.
A representative of ACS said this is just another desperate attempt to overturn
a voter approved ban. Voters never should have been able to vote for Issue 5 had
anyone done their job. "You bet we're desperate... desperate to be able to feed
our families and not lose everything we've invested in our businesses," said Pam
Parker, OoOB. Secretary of State Brunner said there's no precedent to invalidate
a law passed by voters. "Sure there is. It's called the . The
State of Ohio allowed this to happen. Amend the Ohio Revised Code to allow the
exemptions for family owned businesses, private clubs and outdoor patios the
people voted for, which were removed after the vote. Fix it before any more
doors close!" said Linda Hubbard, OoOB.
Related Web site: www.opponentsofohiobans.com
SOURCE Opponents of Ohio Bans