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Fun With Domicile (cont.): RV Voters in Ohio - Does Wanderlust = Fraud?

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We've covered the issue of voting domicile numerous times over the years here, but the beauty of the concept is that it's so complex that there is always something new to discuss.

The latest example comes to us from Hamilton County (Cincinnati), OH where, as part of its larger review of voting irregularities in the 2012 election, the county is responding to a complaint about voters using a motor home court as their voting address. Cincinnati.com has the story:

Where should the 1,400 people who register their motor home at a Newtown motor home association vote?

The Hamilton County Board of Elections is looking at the issue after a concerned citizen challenged the voter registration of 22 people who used Family Motor Coach Association on Round Bottom Road as their place of residence.

The Board Monday decided to seek more information via subpoena from the association about the people who are registered there and the association's rules. Of the 22, 13 people cast votes in the 2012 general election, Board of Elections documents show.

At issue: In Ohio a person must register vote where they live. But where do people who travel in motor homes actually reside?

"I don't know what the answer is," said Hamilton County Board of Election's Chairman Tim Burke, who is also the county's Democratic Party chairman. "Do you lose the right to vote?"

Elections Board member Alex Triantafilou, who is the county's Republican Party Chairman, agreed that the issue is a complicated one with no clear answer.

The motor home association serves as a stopping place where people can wash their motor homes, stock up on supplies and have their mail forwarded.

The 22 challenges are just some of the more than 100 voter registration challenges in Hamilton County that have come out of the 2012 presidential election.

What's interesting is that the responses to the subpoenas are likely to involve extremely detailed factual inquiries that are always at the heart of any domicile case, including but by no means limited to: Did the voter sleep at the RV? How long does it "live" there as opposed to on the road? Does the voter have other residences? Once those facts emerge, it will be fascinating to see how the county sorts through them in determining the validity of the voting residence of the individuals involved.

As always, stay tuned.

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