An Ohio man charged with filing fictitious voter-registration forms says he was paid in crack by a woman affiliated with the NAACP National Voter Fund.
The Sheriff’s Office of Defiance County arrested and charged Chad Staton, 22, of Defiance, with false registration, a felony of the fifth degree.
The sheriff’s office said Mr. Staton was hired by a Toledo woman, who, it said, admitted paying Mr. Staton in crack but has not been charged. She said she was working for a local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) official, who also has not been charged and could not be reached for comment.
Officers confiscated drug paraphernalia and voter-registration forms from the woman’s home, the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s office said it received the initial complaint about the phony registrations from the Defiance County Board of Elections. The board received the fraudulent forms from the Cuyahoga Board of Elections, which had received them from the NAACP National Voter Fund.