WATCH: “Sneaky,” “Manipulative,” Frank LaRose Caught Helping Special Interest Group
July 13, 2023
Frank LaRose has once again been caught putting special interests first, this time helping a pro-Issue 1 group fix its mistake: “Within hours” of the group admitting it sent outdated absentee ballot request forms to voters, LaRose said the wrong forms could be accepted.
The “sneaky” and “manipulative” actions are the latest in a string of LaRose’s missteps. He’s been at the center of the August special election and has been criticized for “lying” about Issue 1, following special interests’ “marching orders,” and “campaigning out of his office” by being more focused on his political agenda than doing his job.
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- Up until the beginning of this year, there was no specific form for requesting absentee ballots. But a new law went into effect this April – it requires just one specific form.
- Mike West with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections explains that The Cleveland Jewish News published an outdated form. Sending in the wrong form caused dozens of readers to have their requests for mail-in ballots rejected by the Board of Elections.
- But a week later, supporters of Issue One made the same mistake. But they get a different result. Within hours of the Vote Yes team admitting the error, Secretary of State Frank LaRose sent a message to Boards of Elections that outdated ballot requests can now be accepted.
- So we asked Cuyahoga County why one group got approved and the other rejected. “That’s kind of dangerous territory for me because that’s really the Secretary of State’s call.”
- We reached out to LaRose to ask why – especially since West told us that LaRose was aware of the outdated ballots in Cleveland. The Secretary did not respond.
- “The whole thing just kind of smacks of just a sneaky, manipulative, last ditch effort to get ahead.”