PRESS RELEASE, 5/7/2013

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictments in voter fraud cases

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced 3 voter fraud indictments.  Margaret Allen (DOB 12/6/48), Ernestine Strickland (DOB 10/20/28) and Andre Wilson (DOB 8/7/63) are all indicted on 1 count of Illegal Voting (Felony 4) in violation of ORC Section 3599.12 (A) (1).  If convicted of the charge, they face the possibility of 18 months in prison. 

Allen is charged with attempting to vote in the 2012 Ohio General Election by requesting an Absentee Voter Ballot even though she is a resident of Florida.  She has not been an Ohio resident since 2009.

Strickland is charged with registering to vote and voting by Absentee Voter Ballot in the 2012 Ohio General Election even though she is a resident of Tennessee and has never lived in Ohio.

Wilson is charged with registering to vote and voting by Absentee Voter Ballot in the 2012 Ohio General Election by using a fictitious Ohio address.  

Prosecutor Deters commented, “Our democracy is built on our lawful right to vote.  Everyone’s vote is weakened when some people decide to disobey the law.  We must be vigilant in protecting everyone’s right to vote.”