Mankato man charged with illegal voting

A Mankato man who’d been convicted of burglary in 2005 but registered at the polls and voted in November has been charged with a felony for illegal voting.

Shawn Scott Deatley, 30, said he was surprised at the new charge, because his sentence in the burglary case had been stayed so he thought he was eligible,said the Mankato Free Press.

But state law says convicted felons, even those with stayed sentences, lose their right to vote until they complete their probation requirements, according to Chris Rovney, assistant Blue Earth County attorney.

Deatley has since finished his probation, but that came in May, six months after the election.

The paper says that if Deatley had registered in advance, officials would have realized he was ineligible and not allowed him to vote, the paper said.

Lists of convicted felons are sent to county voting officials to be compared to voting lists. Anyone convicted of a felony is flagged on the registration lists signed by voters at the polls.

In Deatley’s case, however, he wasn’t a registered voter. He registered the day of the election. So the judges at his polling place didn’t have his name on their voter lists.


Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Judy Finger on 10/09/2009 - 12:20 pm.

    Will someone please notify Michelle Bachman and the Republicans that we now have proof of one (1) vote cast illegally in the 2009 election. This kind of voter fraud is sure to affect the outcome of elections!

  2. Submitted by Rich Little on 10/09/2009 - 12:48 pm.

    OMG! Even more reason why ACORN needs to be outlawed!! See! A single case of voter fraud!!

    Why is the liberal media ignoring the clear conspiracy by Al Franken, Barack Obama (+ his Kenyan puppetmaseters), Tim Walz, Rev. Wright, and ACORN to brainwash this patsy to commit voter fraud! I think we need a do-over election for *all* state-wide races.

  3. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 10/09/2009 - 11:18 pm.

    Laws on when felons get their voting rights back are confusing, partly because they vary widely state to state, and that’s why almost every real case I’ve illegal voting I’ve heard of involved felons who mistakenly thought they were eligible. We could solve the problem if we took the attitude that we want felons to start acting like responsible citizens, and one of the things responsible citizens do is vote. So let’s have one broad national standard.

  4. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/10/2009 - 06:26 am.

    Good one Rich!

    Unleash the hounds……

  5. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 10/10/2009 - 03:59 pm.

    Minnesota is more enlightened than some states like Florida, which denies the right to vote FOREVER to anyone convicted of a felony. This is truly cruel and unusual punishment.

    But it is less enlightened than those state(s) that allow all persons convicted of crimes to vote while they are in prison or on parole because they are still citizens and are still entitled to representation in government at every level.

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