Yesterday we reported that True the Vote was attempting to place observers at precincts in Central Ohio, focusing on African American districts.  We also noted that there might be some problems with the forms they submitted to the Franklin County Board of Elections (FCBOE).

The FCBOE met today and determined that True the Vote had likely falsified the forms submitted for general election observers. The new observer forms, filed over the past few days by True the Vote representative (and Hilliard Tea Party Member) Jan Loar, used candidate signatures copied from a previous set of forms filed in early October

All but one (Scott Rupert, an independent for U.S. Senate) of the six candidates whose names appeared on the original form had withdrawn permission to use their signatures prior to the submission of today’s forms.   During the BOE meeting Candidate Terri Jamison spoke up to say her name was “forged” on the latest round of forms.

The form for appointing observers reads ‘election falsification is a 5th degree felony’.  Election officials have confirmed that there will be a post-election investigation of True the Vote.

The forms have been rejected unanimously by all members (Rs and Ds) on the board.  True the Vote observers will not be allowed in Franklin County polling locations tomorrow.  Poll monitoring organizations expect they may still be stationed outside of polling locations.

Board member Zachary Manifold told us he was “amazed that a group that goes to such extreme lengths to claim voting fraud in Ohio would knowingly forge or misuse signatures to try to gain access to Franklin County polling locations.”

According to a news release from the Department of Justice their personnel will monitor the election in Franklin County for Voting Rights Act violations.  The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.

Video from today’s BOE meeting is posted below, along with a copy of voting forms filed by True the Vote and letter from one of the candidates asking that her name not be used by True the Vote.

UPDATE: The general election forms have been added to the end of the post.


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True the Vote – 2012 General Observer Forms

  • See! Voter fraud IS rampant. Should be punishable by firing squad.

  • DOJ will be in Franklin, Cuyahoga and Hamilton counties. Remember “observers” in Ohio are permitted to do ONLY that: observe.

  • SlapFat

    I can’t really hear everything they’re discussing. Was someone from True the Vote actually present there?

  • No. The True the Vote people were not at the BOE meeting.

  • SamR

    Forging signatures to “fight” fraud that doesn’t exist—that’s pretty much a perfect summary of the TPers.

  • Combine this story with this and this and watch election results very carefully tomorrow. Republicans are not about to let Ohio go Obama. This may be even bigger than the 2000 coup or the 2004 fiasco. Will Ukranian democracy reach the U.S.? Could an Orange Revolution happen here? Highly doubtful. Besides, even after that remarkable occurrence, the current Ukranian presidential election is again mired in fraud. Will history ever stop repeating itself?

  • True the Vote ought to change their name to False the Vote!

  • SlapFat

    Good. They were probably too frightened since they’d been caught in the act.


  • I sure hope those post election investigations end with these people being put in prison where they belong. It would sure act as a deterrent for these groups to try this again. Remember folks if anyone tries to interfere with your right to vote or if they harass you call the FBI’s toll free number. Those people need to be promptly arrested and removed from the polling place.

  • They are a felonious organization, with significant ties to Nathan Sproul in a lot of venues. The surprise would have been if they’d been found to NOT be doing this.

  • They are a felonious organization, with significant ties to Nathan Sproul in a lot of venues. The surprise would have been if they’d been found to NOT be doing this.

  • Ok, so now what? There should be legal and criminal consequences for this white trash. What laws are they in violation of? Who will file a law suit?

  • This is who these people are. They regard their own fellow citizens as the enemy. They are a disgrace to this country.

  • buckeye15

    I just checked the websites if the Dispatch, The Blade, and the Plain Dealer. I can’t find any mention of this. This should be a huge story.

  • John W.

    You’re 100% right, Jeanne. The activity of this group is undemocratic and goes against the principles that founded America.

    It is an absolute shame that True the Vote is allowed to operate with such disrespect for my country.

  • If President Obama wins maybe if Romney wins no way will anything happen to these traitors and that is what they are counting on.

  • Marlowe53

    Does anyone know which of the six original candidates who signed did not withdraw his or her support?

  • Hang in there. They’ll catch up soon enough.

  • Their tactic has been to point and yell, “Voter fraud!” Then when everyone is looking where they’re pointing, they’re committing their own voter fraud. Classic GOP. These are the same people who claim Obama and others are un-American, but what could be more un-American than trying to keep people from voting? These people should be ashamed of themselves and they owe the entire country and every American an apology.

  • rozlee

    After weeks of unending coverage of two New Black Panthers yelling about cracker babies, does anyone want to bet that Faux Spews will cover any of the Republican voter attempts to suppress, intimidate and invalidate votes this year? Like the Republicans caught throwing out ballots in Democrat leaning counties and Democrat voter registrations or trying to get minority and Democrat-heavy areas to the wrong voting places on the wrong days? Not to mention the billboards in minority neighborhoods trying to intimidate people not to vote and robocalls to Democrats giving them wrong polling and voting information.

  • While I agree with you that in a representative democracy all citizens should value and hold sacred the voting rights of their fellow citizens, I disagree completely that it is un-American. Voter suppression and intimidation are long standing American traditions.

  • NO ONE is allowed to get in any voter’s face at the polls.

  • The independent candidate for Senate has not withdrawn his name.

  • maxdemon1878

    The gop/tp have given the Democrats their “ACORN” only this time the group is actually guilty of interference with the electoral process. Will the D’s be clever enough to turn the tables and make this an issue?

  • Kafktastic

    Thanks for this. Read about it in the Dispatch, but they’re leaving out some of the details.

  • What is the definition of a Republican?

    Who the hell knows anymore?

  • metalhed

    When do we true “True the Vote?”

  • Nathan Merrill

    Forging signatures on a legal document is a felony (forgery; its a type of fraud); presumably, the board they submitted the signatures to will ask for a prosecution. Amusingly, the people who did this, if convicted, would lose their right to vote.

    Poetic justice at its best.

  • Kevin Schmidt

    Voter fraud is committed by voters. What True the Vote did was commit election fraud, which is much more serious.

  • Kevin Schmidt

    I seriously doubt Republicans are going to prosecute Republicans, especially since our Democratic pResident Obama won’t even prosecute Republicans guilty of war crimes and big bank fraud.

  • THIS country is a disgrace to this country

  • You apparently.know NOTHING about the new black panther party who were investigated for voter.intimidation with weapons at numerous polling sites in PENN last presidential election. Your fair and just administration decided to let them off with NOTHING. Where is this America of which you speak?

  • Those who believe lies are doomed to live in eternal ignorance. Fact: this candidate was threatened with a lawsuit by the Democratic party if she did not rescind her endorsement. Fact: this group never misled any candidate, we were at all times open and honest in expressing our goals. Fact: both political parties were complicit in a coordinated effort to prevent independent concerned citizens from exercising there legal right to observe the election process while pushing through there own partisan observers.
    People, don’t believe the propaganda…you are smarter than that. Due diligence before passing judgement is required in a democracy, and overlooked by tyrants.

  • Wow…the facts elude you people. The reason for provisional ballots is clearly stated in law. The person outside this location telling people to vote provisional was from an organization known for tactics designed to overwhelm the system making fraud easier.
    Mistakes inside polling locations happen, none of us are perfect. But no one legally permitted to vote was denied that opportunity.

  • White trash….very prophetic. How do you know all involved were white? What does that even have to do with the issue? We violated exactly zero laws . No lawsuit will be filed because the only criminal activity that took place was the denial of citizen involvement in the election process by both political parties. That is a crime none of us should tolerate.

  • The real funny thing is when political candidates will lie to meet their own ends instead of doing the will of the people. No forgery ever occurred, no laws were broken by anyone involved. The people who should lose their right to vote are those who use political bullying to deny any citizen the right to exercise any of their constitutional rights. That would involve 5 candidates from both parties in Franklin Co.

  • No.

  • I would have loved to have been there. However, we were not told of a meeting, the BOE notified the group at 4pm of their decision. No one was caught at anything because nothing happened except political thuggery.

  • Yes they left out a very important detail…the truth.

  • No one interfered with the electoral process. Never accuse someone of actual guilt based on a proven lie. The Dems won’t and can’t make this an issue because none of it contains truth.

  • SlapFat

    No one was caught at anything….

    Except for forging signatures. That part of the article, and its headline, seems to have gotten by you. Good thing the Board of Elections is a bit more observant than you, friendo.

  • CapnFatback

    I’m curious, Michael, what does the word “proven” mean to you?

  • I searched and found NO CHARGES FILED. That in turn causes one to be suspicious that the Democrat(s) involved made false claims. (How foolish would it be for election monitors to commit fraud?)

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