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Voter fraud in Franklin County
Three women are charged with illegally voting in prior elections, but can still vote this Election Day
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Three Franklin County residents are being charged with voting, or attempting to vote, twice in a recent election. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says Debbie Tingler is charged with illegally voting in the 2008 election. He says Marian Wilson and Dominique Atkins are charged the same way in connection with the 2010 election. The crimes are fourth degree felonies. But O'Brien says the three women are free to cast ballots in the upcoming election.

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Felons incarcerated in a prison have a disability but once they are released and complete parole or other requirements for post-conviction release, they are eligible to vote. So someone who is charged is presumed innocent and they are free to vote, hopefully only once however


O’Brien says the three cases were discovered when board of elections officials were reviewing the voter rolls. If the three women are convicted, they could be sentenced to up to 18 months in prison.

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