Marion County Republican Party official John Matthews and Robert Landon, a GOP candidate for Marion city auditor, distributed campaign handouts designed to look like sample ballots and face first-degree misdemeanors, according to Newsweek.
The sample ballots looked exactly like real voting ballots but with boxes highlighting all of the Republican candidates and included a statement at the bottom saying, “paid by the Marion County Republican Party.” Ohio law prohibits political parties and candidates from handing out sample ballots like this.
Mark Russell, the Marion Law Director, said that Landon admitted to passing out the sample ballots while Matthews created them.
Although Matthews had a previous brush with the Ohio Inspector General’s Office, convicted of theft in office, and was given one year probation and paid fines, it didn’t stop him from distributing fake ballots.
Landon, a Marion City Councilman, reportedly spent $6,026 this election, although there is no word on how much of that money was spent on creating the fake ballots.