Republican lawmakers in Ohio have been pushing for greater “safety and security” in the election process after last year’s election, and NBC News reports that they now have a real example of voter fraud to help their cause.
But that example involves a fellow Republican.
Edward Snodgrass, who is a Porter Township trustee, has admitted to forging his dead father’s signature on an absentee ballot and then voting again as himself, court records and other sources revealed.
Snodgrass was busted after a Delaware County election worker questioned the signature on his father’s ballot. A subsequent investigation revealed the ballot had been mailed to H. Edward Snodgrass on Oct. 6 — a day after the 78-year-old retired businessman died.
In an interview with NBC News, Snodgrass said he made “an honest error” while struggling to take care of his dying father, who had advanced Parkinson’s disease. He said he had power of attorney for several years and because his dad had broken his right arm he’d already been “signing for him.” He said his dad had requested the absentee ballot.
Snodgrass, 57, declined to say who he voted for but said it would not be accurate to characterize what he did as “just Trump voter fraud.”
“I was simply trying to execute a dying man’s wishes,” he said.
NBC news reported that Snodgrass “is expected to plead guilty to a reduced charge of falsification and receive a sentence of three days in jail and a $500 fine.”
Initially charged with illegal voting, which is a fourth-degree felony, Snodgrass could have faced a prison sentence of six or more months along with a $5,000 fine had he not agreed to a deal.
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