86-year-old charged with voter fraud

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Mar 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) _ An 86-year-old woman diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and dementia has been charged with voter fraud.

Margaret Schneider says she forgot she had voted by absentee ballot in the 2012  primary election and about a month later, on Aug. 14, went to her polling placeto vote. Now Schneider finds herself facing a felony charge and a court appearance April 2.

A police report notes the voter roster at Schneider's polling place showed she  had already voting absentee, but the election judge didn't stop her from voting again. Schneider says if she's convicted, the election judge should be convicted too for failing to stop her.

Nicollet County Attorney Michelle Zehnder Fischer tsays that in general, if there's probable cause to show a crime occurred, she has to prosecute.



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