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December 6, 2022
An Arizona woman was sentenced this week to three years probation, narrowly avoiding jail time, for casting the early ballot of her deceased mother in the 2020 general election.
Krista Michelle Conner, 56, from Cochise County in southern Arizona, pleaded guilty in Cochise County Superior Court to one count of attempted illegal voting. Conner was also ordered to pay $890 in fines, serve 100 hours of community service, and had her voter registration revoked.
Prosecutors say Conner illegally signed her dead mother’s early ballot in 2020 and casted it on her behalf. Conner’s mother, Caroline Jeanne Sullivan, had passed away on September 7, 2020, before the ballot was cast. It remains unclear who the illegal ballot was cast for.
Conner’s sentencing comes as an Arizona judge struck down a lawsuit by Republicans that aimed to end early voting in the state. “Is the Arizona Legislature prohibited by the Arizona Constitution from enacting voting laws that include no-excuse mail-in voting? The answer is no,” wrote Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen.
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