Friday, June 3, 2005

Two Voting Fraud Guilty Pleas in Washington

Two people in  Washington state entered guilty pleas to voting twice in the 2004 election, which is the subject of a hotly contested lawsuit because of the narrow (129 vote) margin of victory in the Governor election.  Doris McFarland and Robert Holmgren admitted that they voted a second time on behalf of recently deceased spouses, and were fined $490.  Mrs. McFarland voted her husband's absentee ballot after he died in October after 63 years of marriage, while Mr. Holmgren's wife died right before the election and he stated he was grieving for her when he voted. Is a criminal prosecution really necessary in this situation? An AP story (here) discusses the cases. (ph)

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