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Sartell Man Accused of Voter Fraud

Sartell Man Accused of Voter Fraud Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Demczyk (KNSI)

Sep 5, 2017 at 6:36 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A Sartell man is accused of voter fraud.

52-year-old Jeffery John Spanier lost his voting rights in September of 2014 when he pleaded guilty to felony gambling.

He admitted to running a sports betting operation in Benton County.

Investigators say Spanier was told by a judge and his probation agent that he wasn’t eligible to vote until his probation ended in November of 2019.

He also signed documents stating that he wasn't eligible to vote until he finishes probation.

Police say on Election Day 2016, Spanier showed up at a voting precinct in Sartell, registered to vote, and cast a ballot.

Court files show that Spanier allegedly lied on his voter registration about being a convicted felon.

He allegedly admitted to police that he voted.

He has been charged with being an ineligible voter who knowingly votes and registration of an ineligible voter.

A summons has been issued for him to make his first court appearance on October 23rd.

The charges can carry up to five years in prison.

See his mugshot from a previous DWI arrest.

He is the second person to be charged for voting illegally in Stearns County during the 2016 election.

In August, 50-year-old Jean Marie Studniski of Albany was charged with voting while being a convicted felon on probation.

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