ICYMI: Frank LaRose and Keith Faber Are Scaring Voters for Their Own Political Gain
October 26, 2022
Columbus, OH — In case you missed it, Morgan Trau with WEWS-TV in Cleveland investigated the realities of voter fraud amid the bluster and tough-guy acts we’ve seen from Ohio Republicans recently. As Trau reported, “Voter fraud is incredibly rare in Ohio.” Meanwhile, LaRose, Faber and GOP politicians up and down the ballot are using the threat of voter fraud to scare voters and beef up their credentials with MAGA Republicans to pursue their own political ambitions.
“Voter fraud is incredibly rare in Ohio. Secretary of State Frank LaRose sent 75 allegations of fraud during the 2020 election to law enforcement, which is just .001%. However, when News 5 asked his team how many of these claims have been substantiated, they said they did not know,” reports WEWS-TV’s Morgan Trau.
Earlier this month, LaRose created a taxpayer-funded solution to a problem that doesn’t exist in Ohio by creating a “Public Integrity Unit” to investigate voter fraud, even though he sent less than 100 alleged cases of voter fraud to law enforcement during the 2020 election. LaRose knows better, but he wants to run for Senate in two years, is scared of the other election denier he’s running against and needs the support of MAGA Republicans. So he’s pulling this political stunt at taxpayer expense.
Then there’s Keith Faber who recently floated a bizarre conspiracy that boards of election will use “special paper” to print fake ballots and rig elections. Cleveland.com’s Today in Ohio podcast called Faber’s remarks “one of the most shameful things an Ohio politician has done this year.”
Read more from WEWS-TV here and below:
- Despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud, election security has become one of the main talking points for some Ohio Republicans.
- Voter fraud is incredibly rare in Ohio. Secretary of State Frank LaRose sent 75 allegations of fraud during the 2020 election to law enforcement, which is just .001%. However, when News 5 asked his team how many of these claims have been substantiated, they said they did not know.
- But creating a Public Integrity Division just reiterates the ‘Big Lie,’ which is the baseless claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, according to Northeast Ohio voter Courtney Flynn. She is a Democrat and helps register people to vote with the Ohio Voter Coalition.
- “They’re creating these organizations and committees to look into this type of stuff, but the things that they’re seeing are just like made up or just completely exacerbated to make it seem like it’s worse than it,” she added.
- Flynn trusts Ohio’s election process, and it’s frustrating to hear politicians put forward unsubstantiated claims of widespread voting fraud, she said. “I go into every single election voting knowing that my vote counts,” she said.
- However, the rhetoric around voter fraud isn’t really meant to benefit security, Flynn said, but rather for candidates who lose their races.
- “Unfortunately, I feel like this is one tactic that’s used very often to show that if an election turnout doesn’t go the way that [some] want to be, people can fall back on this excuse,” she said.
- Going into this election with people already having concerns with voter security is defeating, she added. She doesn’t want to have to deal with people contesting elections when they clearly lost, thus ignoring reality.