If we didn’t have a guy like Secretary of State Husted around, we would probably have to invent him.

Husted has finally admitted what we all knew: voter fraud in Ohio is rare, if not practically non-existent.  Here is the reporting from the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Vote fraud, [Husted said], “is a very rare occurrence,” despite claims from far-right groups and others to the contrary.  While county boards of elections throughout Ohio currently are investigating hundreds of cases in which individuals tried to vote twice, Husted said he does not regard that as evidence that fraud is a significant problem or that the state’s electoral processes are flawed.  “They tried to vote twice, but the system caught it,” he said. “We shouldn’t overreact.”

You catch that?  “We shouldn’t over-react,” Husted now says.

Where was this Husted guy before the election?

On September 17, we wrote, “Secretary of State John Husted – with help from the Columbus Dispatch — continues to repeat the Big Lie in this election, that voter fraud is an issue in Ohio.”  At that time, Husted, in response to lawsuits filed by a right wing group called Judicial Watch seeking to remove inactive voters on the voting lists, said, “Common sense says that the odds of voter fraud increase the longer these ineligible voters are allowed to populate our rolls.”

That wasn’t the only time Husted tried to suggest that voter fraud was a real problem.  In February, he tried to make a big deal about federal rules that limited the ability of the state to purge voter rolls.  Husted said, “The longer ineligible voters are permitted to remain on the rolls the greater the chance Ohio has of seeing an increase in voter fraud . . .”  And, in March, his office issued a press release making a big deal about the referral of a potential voter fraud case for prosecution.

We could go on, but why?

Rather than criticize Husted for hypocrisy, we prefer to welcome him back to reality.  We hope he stays here with us the next time the right wing tries to use the excuse of non-existent “voter fraud” to justify voter suppression legislation.

  • Welcome back, Mr. Husted. Reality sucks, but people asserting (with justification) you are acting like an idiot sucks even more.

  • dmoore2222

    People will see through this pretense. Husted knows voter supression attempts backfired leaving his name at the top of the supressors list. He now wants everybody to forget this just like republicans in gereral wanted everybody to forget how they brought this country to the brink of financial ruin. Well, the voters didn’t forget just like they won’t forget in 2014. People are tired of republican tricks and traps. They want to see fair play and honesty from their elected officials not manufactured crises and outright lying. Republicans brought this upon themselves aided by the stupidity of their party’s leader whom many of them dislike to begin with. So the circular firing squad is forming. Let’s hope they all have great aim and accuracy.

  • Now, Mr. Husted, why don’t you relate this information to the RNC and the Teabaggers? Apparently, they haven’t the slightest clue….just like the Jon Husted of the past.

  • John W.

    Husted himself was responsible for the voter fraud hysteria!! His undemocratic agenda did not go unnoticed, especially in the Black community.

  • hippie1367

    This corrupt d’bag should not have a next time, he should never be allowed to hold elected office again and ALWAYS be referred to as John “the ni**&rs don’t get to vote in Ohio” Husted

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