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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

May 6, 2014

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INTERSTATE CROSSCHECK PROGRAM RESULTS IN VOTER FRAUD CONVICTION

PHOENIX - Ken Bennett, Arizona’s Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer, announced Carol Hannah of Bullhead City has been convicted of a Class 5 felony for voting twice in the 2010 General Election.  Ms. Hannah voted in Mohave County, Arizona and Adams County, Colorado.

Voter registration records, compared through the Interstate Crosscheck Program, indicated Ms. Hannah received an early ballot from Colorado at her Bullhead City mailing address and returned it to Adams County election officials on October 23, 2010.  Shortly thereafter, Ms. Hannah voted at a polling place in Bullhead City on November 2, 2010; a violation of Arizona Revised Statutes § 16-1016(2) and 42 U.S.C. §1973i. 

“When we find the rare instance of voter fraud, we vigorously prosecute the offenders to the fullest extent of the law,” said Secretary Bennett.  “Ensuring our elections are fair and accurate requires we remain vigilant and take advantage of the tools which help root out schemes that undermine our electoral process.  The issues facing Arizona’s voters are far too important to be casual with our efforts to secure the ballot box.

“I would also like to commend Assistant Attorney General Todd Lawson, who did an excellent job prosecuting the case.  These cases can require a great deal of patience and persistence.  Mr. Lawson’s diligence helps send the message that we take the issue of double voting seriously.”

Initially used by a handful of states to eliminate duplicate registrations, the Interstate Crosscheck Program has grown to include 28 states.  The records are compared annually, but only include the voting history for general elections.  In January of this year, more than 101 million records were compared. 

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