COLUMBUS – In response to a hoax article from the Christian Times Newspaper posted on September 30, 2016, which claimed “tens of thousands of fraudulent Clinton votes” had been found in a warehouse in Franklin County, Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted has released the following statement:
“My office has learned of a post making its rounds on the internet claiming that tens of thousands of fraudulent ballots were found in a warehouse in Franklin County, designed to rig the election for Hillary Clinton. This post is both false and intentionally misleading.
“The photo accompanying the post is, quite obviously, a slightly doctored version of a photo used in a 2015 article about election results in the United Kingdom.
“A Christian myself, I take offense to reading such unbelievable lies from a publication alleging Christian ties.
“No one from this so-called-news outlet bothered to call the Franklin County Board of Elections or the Ohio Secretary of State’s office to verify any facts. It was a deliberate attempt to deceive and mislead. We already get enough of that from the candidates. Enough already."
- Snopes.com assessment of Christian Times post
- 2015 article from U.K. using same photo as Christian Times
- Franklin County Board of Elections Response