(Cincinnati, Ohio) – May 16, 2013 – Yesterday the Hamilton County Board of Elections voted to send two more people to the Hamilton County Prosecutors office on voter fraud allegations.
Ms. Christine Macklin of Bond Hill is accused of illegally voting from 2008 through 2012 for Mr. Eugene Rienzo, a severely disabled man for whom she was guardian. Ms. Macklin allegedly voted Mr. Rienzo’s absentee ballot after being disallowed to vote for him at the Board of Elections on October 2, 2012, the first day of early voting. Ms. Macklin was subpoenaed to appear before the Board on Wednesday May 15th but did not show, invoking her 5th amendment rights.
Ms. Damica Engram, a Kentucky resident, who cast a regular ballot in Hamilton County on November 6, 2012, is accused of voting in the wrong state. On Election Day, Ms. Engram, formerly of Bond Hill, told poll workers that she was a Kentucky resident and presented her Kentucky driver’s license as identification but demanded to vote a regular ballot in Ohio. Ms. Engram, was also subpoenaed to appear yesterday in front of the Board but did not show.
Mary Siegel of Ohio Voter Integrity Project (Ohio VIP), a non-partisan group dedicated to ensure lawful elections in Ohio said, “There is no doubt that both of these cases represent intentional voter fraud. What we need in Ohio is election reform, particularly in the areas of voter registration, absentee voting and poll worker qualifications as well as stricter penalties for election fraud.”
Both cases are now under investigation by the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. On June 3rd 2013, the Hamilton County Board of Elections will review additional cases of voter fraud and voter anomalies brought forward by Ohio VIP.
Ohio Voter Integrity Project is a non-partisan grassroots effort to educate and involve citizens in various aspects of the electoral process to ensure unbiased and lawful elections for all residents of Ohio regardless of race or party affiliation. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.