How do dead people always make their way into elections?
Here’s yet another example of potential fraud, this time out of Ohio.
A volunteer poll worker in Ohio noticed something interesting on a signature poll book: her deceased neighbor appeared on the active voter list. The kicker? Her neighbor died 14 years ago.
The worker, Linda Zgoda, has volunteered at various polling places in Hamilton County for the last 20 years.
Zgoda noted: “I’m concerned that by someone being on the rolls, someone could improperly vote in their name.”
Enrique Salazar Ortiz, 63, an illegal immigrant, has been voting in American elections since 1994.
He has pleaded guilty to “fraud and identity theft charges after admitting he used a citizen’s identity to vote,” reports San Antonio Express-News.
Ortiz did not say how many times he committed voter fraud but confirmed 2016 was one such occasion.
He could face up to a decade behind bars.
Federal agents raided Ortiz’s suburban San Antonio home in August 2017 after his application to renew a passport with Vargas’ name was flagged for potential fraud. Investigators realized two men who did not look alike were using the same name and date of birth. Ortiz told agents he purchased documents with Vargas’ name for $20 and has used it ever since. He obtained a passport with the information in 2006, which he used to travel, and admitted to voting in the last presidential election, records show.
“When asked if he had ever voted, at first Mr. Salazar Ortiz was hesitant to answer, but when confronted with voting records, he indicated that he voted in the most recent election,” according to his plea deal cited by the News.
Valley Central notes:
Authorities say Salazar had assumed the name of a former San Antonio resident, Jesse H. Vargas Jr.
Vargas Jr., 57, apparently left Bexar County as a teenager.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, says there’s no widespread voter fraud in America.
Unfortunately, numerous case of voter fraud have recently come to light.
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