30 Cincinnati cops committed voter fraud, won't be charged

Early voting at the Hamilton County Board of Elections in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Oct. 2, 2012. Some police officers listed their stations rather than home addresses on their registrations.

Thirty Cincinnati-area law enforcement officers committed felonies by using stations instead of home addresses on voter registrations, but get warning letters.

Thirty Cincinnati-area law enforcement officers used the police stations where they work — rather than their home addresses — to register to vote, a felony punishable by up to a year in prison, Cincinnati.com reports.

It's not clear whether the false registration was intentional or based on a misunderstanding of voting law. The officers may have used their work addresses so as not disclose their home addresses in public documents. And elections officials also identified more than 250 other residents of surrounding Hamilton County who were improperly using commercial addresses such as post offices and UPS stores for voter registration.

The county will issue warning letters ordering residents, including the cops, to change their registrations rather than pursuing criminal charges.

"Because what we found through this entire review is there is a great deal of misunderstanding among members of the public about where you may properly be registered from," county Board of Elections and Democratic Party Chair Tim Burke told Cincinnati.com. "Rather than treat these people who did nothing wrong as criminals, we decided to opt for getting this straightened out."

Hamilton County is a politically mixed region that includes a large African-American Democratic base in Cincinnati and predominantly Republican suburbs. It voted 50-48 percent for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in 2012 and 51-47 percent for Obama against John McCain in 2008.

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