- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s elections chief has referred alleged violations against a group supporting Tuesday’s marijuana legalization question to a central Ohio prosecutor.

In a letter Friday, Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) told Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien that a county election board investigation found potential election law violations by The Strategy Network, which circulated Issue 3 petitions.

Josh Pedaline, director of the county board of elections, says the alleged violations included signatures on petitions that appear to be “non-genuine,” and irregularities in voter registration information.

O’Brien said she anticipates further investigation by the sheriff.

Husted’s letter noted the county board’s investigation was separate from a statewide probe he has undertaken. ResponsibleOhio, the group backing the marijuana amendment, said it “has always followed the letter of the law when collecting petition signatures.”

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