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Ohio elections Chief Flags Voter Forms From Marijuana Group

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Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, warns of possibly fraudulent voter registrations by the group trying to get a marijuana issue on the ballot.

Voter registrations collected by a marijuana legalization campaign in Ohio are to be closely scrutinized for potential fraud under orders of the swing state's elections chief.

Secretary of State Jon Husted  advised Ohio's 88 county election boards Wednesday to carefully analyze new voter registrations submitted by The Strategy Network, the organization coordinating a signature drive for ResponsibleOhio's marijuana legalization campaign.

Husted's advisory said the heightened caution related to reports from some boards of elections that submissions by the group contained higher error rates and apparent fraudulent registration attempts. He cited non-existent addresses, illegible signatures, duplicate applications from the same address and some underage registrants.

 Husted, a Republican, said the warning was part of his responsibility in assuring fair and safe elections.