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Hamilton County elections board sends two more voting cases to prosecutor

Ann Thompson

The Hamilton County Board of Elections is referring two people to the prosecutor's office for possible illegal voting, but the bigger question appears to be whether more than three dozen people who each voted a provisional ballot and absentee ballot are in the wrong.

Board Chair Tim Burke, a Democrat, said they should not be prosecuted and any decision otherwise will discourage people from voting.

"On this one, we are on a witch hunt that will scare the hell out of people," he said.

Ultimately, Ohio's Republican Secretary of State will decide that issue.  

The two people referred to the prosecutor are a Kentucky voter who cast a ballot in Ohio; and the other is a caregiver of a man said to be incapacitated, who could not provide paperwork showing she was his guardian.