A priest friend sent me this. I wonder Sr. Simone Campbell thinks about this.
A Greater Cincinnati nun is suspected of illegally casting a ballot for another nun who died before last November’s election, a new case of alleged vote fraud that emerged as local officials move to wrap up their investigation into election improprieties last fall.
Sister Rose Marie Hewitt, 78, died Oct. 4 after a 59-year career as a Sister of Charity [My priest friend calls this a “prototypical LCWR type of congregation”…] that included service in schools here and across the country, as well as in various other positions in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Although her death occurred before absentee ballots had been mailed to voters throughout Hamilton County, a completed ballot was returned to the elections board in Hewitt’s name.
Officials believe the ballot was sent by another local Sister of Charity who was a friend of Hewitt and is registered at the same Delhi Township address. That person cast her own vote at her polling place on Election Day. [Who thinks they voted GOP? Raise your hands!]
In a Feb. 19 letter to elections board members, county Prosecutor Joe Deters said a preliminary investigation has turned up “sufficient information … to determine that there is probable cause to believe that criminal activity has occurred.”
The Enquirer left messages Wednesday but did not hear back from the second individual, who is a dean at the College of Mount St. Joseph.
Elections board staffers have been aware of the matter since earlier this month. But details were concealed until The Enquirer this week pressed for public release of documents outlining what occurred in it and other cases.
When dozens of alleged cases of double-voting and other alleged improprieties emerged after last November’s presidential race, election officials routinely made records relating to those episodes available to the news media.
This is how the whole of the Magisterium of Nuns works.