Do you recall how Secretary of State Jon Husted and a number of other Republicans on the voter-suppression goon squad were trying to narrow the goal posts for Ohio's minorities in the last presidential election? Voter fraud might alter the outcome of the election, they warned.
Well, I'm pleased to report that of the 5.6 million votes that were cast, only 625 were considered questionable, according to a post-election survey by Husted's office and county boards of election. Of those only 115 were sent to local prosecutors for possible action.
Now upbeat from the findings, Husted said his efforts to clean up the election paid off. Cool.
Husted's pre-election hustle, he now says, was merely an attempt to get at the facts.
He said the concerns of voters were driven by "hyperbole" and it was through his office's efforts that fraud was hardly existent, or as he put it in a puffy release: "This report demonstrates that voter fraud does exist, but it is not epidemic. (Of those cases where duplicate ballots were cast, "only one of those ballots was ultimately counted," he boasted.
Immodestly, he took credit for the clean-up, insisting that the "safeguards we have in place worked in the majority of these cases."
We have a winner for our latest Grumpy Abe Linguistic Lunacy (GALL) award. See above.