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Woman Accused Of Voter Fraud

Woman Accused Of Voter Fraud Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Demczyk (KNSI)

Aug 17, 2017 at 4:05 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - An Avon woman is accused of voting illegally in the last presidential election.

Jean Marie Studniski has been charged with being an ineligible voter who knowingly votes, a felony.

She allegedly cast a ballot while on probation for a felony conviction for wrongfully obtaining food assistance.

In November of 2015 the woman pleaded guilty to taking more than $15,000 in food assistance that she was ineligible for between 2010 and 2013. She was sentenced to 10 years probation.

The 50-year-old was told by a judge and her probation agenda that she was not allowed to register to vote, vote, serve on a jury, or hold public office until her civil rights are fully restored in 2025.

She also signed court documents acknowledging that she was ineligible to vote until finished with probation.

On November 8th, 2016, Studniski showed up at a polling place in Avon Township.

She told the election official that she was a convicted felon but that all her court proceedings had been taken care of.

The official says they asked Studniski several questions and based on her answers felt she was eligible to vote.

Court files indicate that she admitted to investigators that she voted.

A summons has been issued for her to make her first court appearance on October 9th.

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