Group raises concerns about election integrity; Local election officials say nothing to worry about

DAYTON — A self-titled election watchdog group said they will challenge voters and ballots in nine states, including Ohio.

The group is called “Look Forward America” and it is causing concerns for election watchers and workers in the state.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose just announced a week ago the formation of a Public Integrity Division in his office, designed to bolster public confidence in election outcomes and oversee every step of the process.

Which comes as Look Ahead America announced they would “conduct pre-election audits of voter lists in nine states to identify voters that are candidates for removal due to illegitimate addresses or having permanently moved out of state”, according to a statement from Matt Branyard, the group’s executive director.

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Braynard is a former member of the Donald Trump presidential campaign and organized the “Justice for J6″ rally in support of hundreds of people who were arrested and charged following the Jan. 6 United States Capitol attack, according to the Washington Post.

“We believe that if we apply this rigorous hygiene before the election, we will help prevent illegal ballots from being cast and, just as important, restore confidence in the elections among those who may have doubts,” Branyard further said.

“It is done on an on-going basis, they check to see who has passed away, who has moved out of state, they do that regularly,” Christine Corba said, executive director of the Dayton chapter of the League of Women Voters.

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Corba works year round to help voters make informed choices. She also tries to inform the public of the massive amount of work that is done to ensure accurate elections.

“Our boards of election scour the lists regularly, it is already being done and evidence of fraud is incredibly rare,” she said.

She believes voters should usually ignore those that make claims about election irregularities.

“It is making people think their is something to be worried about when actually our election system is very, very good,” Corba said.

Early voting has begun in Ohio and election officials have said voters should feel good about the outcome of elections in the state.