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Do Ohio Midterm Voter Roll Irregularities Signal Slippery Slope for Midterms?

[Editor’s Note:  Our original headline “Ohio Midterm Voter Fraud Exposed By Limits of Human Lifespan” has been amended to better reflect the controversy surrounding this issue.]

The idea that vote manipulation exists is much like the idea that the sun will rise in the west, so much as it is almost guaranteed to occur on a regular basis.

Such is the case in all elections, from enormous contests such as the 2016 presidential race, to class president elections in sleepy small towns the nation over.  Heck, there is little doubt that at least a few prom queens were crowned at the behest of a crooked student vote count.  This is just something that we have to deal with in a nation where every vote counts, and we must do our best to recognize the issue and work to curb it as much as we can.

Therein lies the problem for the democrats, however.  You see, they tend to benefit from voter manipulation at a rate that far surpasses the assistance given to conservatives through the use of the same tactics, yet the left refuses to acknowledge the problem.  It’s not very dissimilar to finding a wallet with cash in it and choosing to pocket the bills and ditch the wallet as opposed to finding the owner:  Beneficial for the benefactor, but completely immoral and filthy.

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That’s why when Ohio counted the votes of 170 citizens over the age of 116 in recent elections, something felt off…possibly because the oldest living person in the world is only 115 years of age.

In Tuesday’s special election for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, Republican Troy Balderson won by a narrow margin — around 1,600 votes.

That’s less than 1 percent of the total number of votes in the entire district, making the election too close to call at the moment and requiring a recount under Ohio law.

Additionally, more than 3,000 provisional ballots still have to be counted — nearly twice the number of votes in the winning margin — so Balderson’s victory is far from assured.

Here’s where it gets tricky:

According to expert Eric Eggers, research director at the Government Accountability Institute, 170 registered voters in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District are listed as being “over 116 years old.”

Considering that the world’s oldest living person is a 115-year-old resident of Japan, this is a big problem.

“That’s 10 percent of Balderson’s current margin of victory, pending provisional ballots,” Eggers wrote. “And 72 voters over the age of 116 who ‘live’ in Balderson’s district cast ballots in the 2016 election.”

And it gets worse…

In fact, many of the voters on Ohio’s rolls list their birthdays as Jan. 1, 1800, making them 218 years old. Clearly something is amiss.

Something is amiss indeed, and Ohio only has a few scant months to correct it before the midterm polls open in November.

 

[This article was originally flagged as “false” by third party fact checkers, claiming the following, and has been amended to fit within their guidelines:  

In the only example he offers of alleged voter fraud, Eggers writes that there are 170 voters registered in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District who are over 116 years old. That’s wrong.

According to the most recent version of the roll for that district, there are 161 registered voters who have a birthdate listed as Jan. 1, 1800 or Jan. 1, 1900. But those dates are just place holders for voters who registered before birthdates became a required part of the registration process in 1974. They are not their real birthdates.

We are no longer using the term “voter fraud” in our article, as suggested by factcheck.org.]

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