LIMA — Allen County Board of Election members will have to wait on removing a recently identified mystery woman from the voting archives.
A woman identifying herself as Julia Bay Wadsworth was arrested earlier this month after attempting to fraudulently get a state identification card. The woman took extreme measures to hide her identity, but later was identified as Ann Marie Miller, a 40-year-old disbarred attorney from Virginia who had pending felony charges in Colorado. After reading the story in The Lima News, Allen County Board of Election Director Ken Terry said they decided they should check if she had attempted to register to vote.
“We didn’t really expect to find anything,” Terry said, “but there it was.”
The case has been passed to Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick’s office for review. Terry told the board that potentially a fifth-degree felony falsification charge could be added to a list of many charges Miller is facing.
However, the board is still faced with attempting to remove Miller from the register. Terry said voters are verified by crosschecking BMV numbers. Miller attempted to register twice. On Feb. 18, she attempted to register but was told she needed a driver’s license or state identification number. She returned March 6 with a license number that checked out with the BMV and was registered to vote. It has been determined that the number was a valid number but belonged to another person.
“We use the BMV for verification and the number was correct, so we didn’t have a cause for alarm,” Terry said.
Terry said they now must wait to “find out what authority we have” in removing Miller from the voting registry.
Miller did not vote in the May primary, Terry said. He said if she would have, it would have made the issue a more serious problem.
“We were just in disbelief,” Terry said. “In my professional opinion, I think she was just taking another step in trying to establish her identity. It makes sense.”
A representative at the prosecutor’s office said the incident was under investigation from the criminal standpoint as well as the standpoint of removing Miller from the register. Assistant prosecutor Jana Emerick, who has been assigned to the case, was in court and unable to comment.
Terry said a challenge process is available for identifying fraudulent voters, but said they will have to wait for the prosecutor’s investigation to reveal whether it is the correct process to use in removing Miller from the register.
The board had a few other announcements:
• Allen County voters in precinct 4A will be voting in a new place during the Nov. 4 general election.
The board decided to make the switch based on Terry’s recommendation to move the polling location to West Elementary School. Previously, the polling had been held at the LACNIP building, which is located in the old fire station.
Terry said the new place offers more space.
• The board also certified petitions to allow the Elida schools levy and a Sunday sales issue at the Marathon gas station on Main Street in Bluffton to the ballot.