Ohio elections chief orders forums for allegations

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's elections chief has directed county boards of elections to set up a process to review allegations of voter fraud and suppression in the past election.

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) ordered boards Wednesday to hold public hearings whenever a complaint of voter fraud or suppression that's supported by evidence is filed in a particular county.

Husted says providing a forum for those with legitimate concerns and a process to review them will help reassure the public about the integrity of elections.

Husted's order says any testimony provided to the boards must be given under oath and all sworn statements must be limited to first-hand knowledge of the allegation.

Board members also must vote whether to forward an allegation to the county's prosecutor.

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