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Why did 81 voters cast ballots twice?
Some could face charges, Hamilton County officials say
Nov 21, 2012

Eighty-one Hamilton County voters cast more than one ballot in the Nov. 6 election, a fact that could leave some facing legal charges, officials said Tuesday.

The disclosure that some people voted twice in this month’s presidential election came as the Hamilton County Board of Elections agreed to count nearly 15,000 provisional and absentee ballots, potentially changing the outcome on several local ballot measures.

The wrap-up to Election 2012 also holds some uncertainty – more legal than numerical – for those individuals who voted more than once.

Elections board staffers said that 63 voters cast both an early absentee ballot and a provisional ballot at the polls on Election Day. Another 18 voted twice on Nov. 6, usually by casting a regular vote in one precinct and a provisional ballot in another.

The 81 double votes, while too large a number to dismiss as insignificant, represent an infinitesimally small percentage of the roughly 420,000 votes cast in Hamilton County that would not have changed any race’s outcome...

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