A woman from Arizona was sentenced on Monday to probation after admitting she illegally cast a vote by mail in the name of her deceased father.
70-year-old Marcia Johnson gave away her own ballot and one for her father, Kenneth Johnsonwho died in April 2012.
Authorities said the daughter voted in eight elections she pleaded guilty to only one felony more than once in the 2018 general election.
“Persecution is a key deterrent in the rare case of illegal voting,” said Gary Restaina, a U.S. attorney in Arizona.
JohnsonThe case comes at a time when the country is discussing access to elections and rigging.
Experts on fairness of voting say that moving to more permitted voting by mail opens up opportunities for fraud, especially in cases where states have not cleared voter lists.
This leaves voters who have died or left the jurisdiction still on the lists – and creates an invitation to prank, especially when ballots are automatically sent to registered voters.
Inflated voter lists are relatively common, although cases of actual prosecution for illegally voting in someone else’s name remain rare.
Court documents do not say how investigators prompted Johnson’s illegal vote, but say local officials in the 2020 election sent a 90-day notice to his father, and it was returned with a signature. him name.