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Former Ashtabula City Councilman faces felony charge


Holman charged with falsifying home address to enable run for council position

An Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci Press Release

JEFFERSON_On May 22, 2018, the Ashtabula County Grand Jury indicted Reginald M. Holman, a former Ward 3 Councilman for the City of Ashtabula, on the following felony charge:

False Voter Registration, a fifth degree felony

The charge stems from testimony that Mr. Holman provided to the Ashtabula County Board of Elections on March 21, 2018 as part of a voter registration and residency challenge filed by Michael Franklin. Based on the substantial evidence presented at the hearing, the Board of Elections unanimously determined that Mr. Holman was not a resident of 1123 West 43rd Street, Ashtabula, Ohio, and removed him from the voter registration rolls.

During the hearing, Mr. Holman testified under oath that he had been residing at 1123 West 43rd Street for the past three to three and one-half years. Records maintained by the Board of Elections indicates that Mr. Holman has been registered to vote at that address since September 2008, more than six years prior the time period that Mr. Holman testified under oath that he had been residing there.

The indictment alleges that Mr. Holman knowingly registered or made application to register in a precinct in which he is not a qualified voter. In order to be a qualified voter, one must reside at the residence reported by the applicant. Mr. Holman represented at the time of registering to vote in September 2008 that he was residing at 1123 West 43rd Street which is wholly inconsistent with his sworn testimony that he had been residing at that address since late 2014 to early 2015.

As of the date of this press release, no arraignment date has been scheduled. A summons has been issued for Mr. Holman to appear at the arraignment hearing.

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