SOMETHING TO REMEMBER IN 2012…. Last year, Ohio’s Joe Deters was the regional chairman of the McCain/Palin campaign, and was also a prosecutor in Hamilton County. Like a lot of Republican activists, he became convinced that there was widespread voter fraud underway in Ohio.

A special prosecutor looked into Deters’ claims and reviewed 600 accusations of fraud. Take a wild guess what the investigation turned up. (via Mark Kleiman)

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said he had allegations last fall of widespread voter fraud — allegations a special prosecutor reported Tuesday were wrong, noting the only voter fraud found was from a Connecticut man who told on himself.

“Ultimately,” Special Prosecutor Michael O’Neill wrote in a report, “the investigators discovered ‘get-out-the-vote’ practices, sponsored by community organizations, which took full advantage of this unique absentee-voting period, but no evidence these practices violated Ohio law.”

“Told ya so,” Tim Burke, chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party as well as chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Elections, said with glee of O’Neill’s report. “Do I think (Deters) was playing politics? Damned right.”

Deters had claimed concrete evidence of widespread wrongdoing. It apparently wasn’t as concrete as he’d hoped.

And what about the one guy O’Neill found committed actual fraud? It seems a young man from Connecticut was in town to visit his sister, and went to the University of Cincinnati where he registered to vote and voted on the same day. A week later, the man felt guilty, called county elections officials, explained what he’d done, and asked that his vote not be counted. It wasn’t.

What’s more, for those who are curious, the special prosecutor who investigated the matter is himself a Republican.

Something to keep in mind the next time conservatives get hysterical about “voter fraud” claims.

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