After being warned by prosecutors that temporary residents aren't legally allowed to vote in Ohio, more than a dozen Obama campaign staffers, including Obama's Ohio spokeswoman Olivia Alair, sent a letter to the Franklin County election board requesting their fraudulent registrations and ballots be removed.
Prosecutor Ron O'Brien met with lawyers from both the McCain and Obama campaigns and urged them to confirm that members of their staff met permanent-residency rules. He warned that failure to do so would result in possible felony charges.
Prosecutors reached a deal Thursday, with 13 out-of-state Obama campaign workers who agreed to have their ballots removed in exchange for not being prosecuted. The Obama campaign tried to downplay the news by attempting to deflect suspicion onto the McCain campaign.
"We have consulted with elections officials and have written them to confirm that our staff meet all requirements of Ohio law and are legally registered to vote in the state," Jon Seaton, McCain-Palin regional Campaign Manager said Friday.