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

That’s that we wrote about John Husted back in December.  What was true then remains true now.

“Voter fraud does exist, but it’s not an epidemic,” Husted recently said in response to a report studying alleged voter fraud and voter suppression.

It was just one year ago that Husted was so fired up about voter fraud that he was demanding a meeting with the United States Attorney General to discuss the fact that some counties appeared to have more registered voters than residents.   It turns out that this is common – people who move don’t quickly get removed from voter databases.  But that fact didn’t stop Husted from warning that “the odds of voter fraud increase the longer these ineligible voters are allowed to populate our rolls.”

Last September, the Dispatch ran a front page article titled, “Voter rolls in Ohio are bloated, experts say.”  Then, in March, the Dispatch wrote that “Despite a variety of initiatives from Husted’s office, Ohio still has ‘dirty’ voter rolls, including two counties where the number of registered voters exceeds that of eligible voters.”

So, how much voter fraud actually exists.  Husted says his study found 135 possible cases.  That is out of 5,632,423 votes cast.  Even the Columbus Dispatch suggests that this is pretty rare – noting that this is about 0.002% of all votes case, or about 1 out of about every 42,000 votes cast.

How rare is that?  Compare the incidents of voter fraud to other crimes in Ohio in 2010 (the latest available data from the Ohio Department of Criminal Justice Services. is from 2010):



Put another way, you are 3½ times more likely to be murdered, and 148 times more likely to have your car stolen, than to see voter fraud in Ohio – and that assumes that all of the incidents of voter fraud identified by Husted are proven to actually be voter fraud.

Sounds like the odds are not in Husted’s favor.

  • Retrofuturistic

    If Husted is so against “voter fraud”, then why isn’t he investigating Karl Rove? And/or Ken Blackwell?

  • Of course we have voter fraud. It exists in Husted’s twisted brain.

  • anastasjoy

    Also, a lot of what he may be calling “voter fraud” is probably voter error, or unintentional duplication by a voter not sure if his mail-in ballot arrived or his provisional vote at his new address really counted.

  • anastasjoy

    He should be investigating a former member of the legislature who was using a voting address in the district he was representing despite the fact that it was clear no one was living at that address and his family lived in the Columbus area. If he wants a tip, the guy’s name is Jon Husted.

  • missskeptic

    Many of those possible voter frauds were things like older folks in assisted living whose families got them an absentee ballot, then they also asked for one when their local BOE went to the home and helped them sign up. Also, many are college students who forget they are already registered at home or think that once they register in another county, it automatically negates the registration in the old place. There will be purges of old voter registrations now that the primaries are over, so many of the college students from out of state who voted here will drop off. The counties which showed more voters than citizens were all counties with large colleges – Athens (Ohio U), Wood (BGSU), etc.

  • Husted should investigate the most deplorable case of voter fraud in years- the extreme gerrymandering of our Congressional districts.

  • larmar

    Yeah whatever! Republicrats: “Voter fraud is out of control and we’ll prove it!” ****Multiple Republicrats arrested for attempting voter fraud****

  • larmar

    Republicrats: “Bengazi! Bengazi! Bengazi” ****** Republicrats discovered tampering with Bengazi evidence******

  • larmar

    Republicrats” “The IRS is targeting us!” ******Republicrat plant inside the IRS discovered in a false flag operation against themselves! Now the Republicrat “whistle blower” is refusing to answer questions under her 5th amendment rights*******

  • larmar

    Like I said “Whatever!”

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