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For Immediate Release

Feb. 2, 2011

Jim Drake
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Indictment In Cross-State Voter Fraud Case

PHOENIX Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Attorney General Tom Horne jointly announce an indictment for voter fraud.  This week Mr. Rodney Paul Jones was indicted for voting both in Arizona and Colorado in the 2008 general election, fraudulent registration and presentment of a false instrument.  Voting twice (illegal voting) is a class 5 felony which is punishable by up to 2 years in prison and up to a $150,000 fine.

Under the direction of Secretary Bennett, Arizona participates in a fourteen (and growing) state affiliation where election officials exchange voter registration and voter history information.  This program is designed to help keep the voter rolls as clean as possible and populated with accurate data.   Last year, this same program led to the conviction of a voter from Green Valley who voted both in Arizona and in Kansas.  More cases of similar voter fraud are expected. 

According to Bennett, "We view fair and accurate elections to be of paramount importance.  If someone believes that you can cast numerous ballots in different states and that no one is watching or that it is untraceable, well, let’s just say those days are over."  Attorney General Horne pledges and states that “the Attorney General’s office will remain vigilant and will prosecute all provable instances of voter fraud and election corruption." 

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