It was about 48 hours after the polls closed on November 6, 2012 when Defiance County, Ohio Elections Director Pamela S. Schroder got the late-night text on her phone from another Ohio county elections official.
It’s the type of message no elections official wants to get.
There was talk on television of vote rigging in Defiance County.
Schroder looked at the text on her phone and thought “Why us?”
Fortunately for Schroder, while the text was real, the talk wasn’t. It is part of a story line on the ABC drama Scandal.
Scandal is a primetime drama on ABC starring Kerry Washington as public relations “fixer” in Washington, D.C.
The show features a variety of salacious storylines, but the one that caught Schroder by surprise that November night is a vote rigging storyline.