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Woman’s double-voting case resolved

Margaret Schneider, the 86-year-old St. Peter woman who voted twice in a primary election last year, reached a plea agreement with Nicollet County prosecutors and won’t go to jail.

Schneider, who has Parkinson’s and show signs of dementia, has said she filed an absentee ballot in the election, then forgot about it and walked to the polling place to vote again on Election Day.

Prosecutors had said state law required them to file the charges in the case, even though it didn’t appear there was intent to break the voting law.

Under the plea agreement, there is no fine or jail time, but Schneider must obey the state’s voting laws in the future, says the Mankato Free Press. If she does, the matter will be erased from her record in November 2014.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Rebecca Hoover on 04/02/2013 - 01:05 pm.

    Such a sweet little lady and so glad this resolved

    Aw, our sweet little lady was just trying to do her civic duty even if she, through no fault of her own, tried to do it twice. Let’s hope her relatives help her vote in the future so our overly zealous law makers can have no further impact on her life. Honestly, this law needs to be revised a bit to reflect these types of issues. With all of the shenanigans that the legislature fiddles away time on, certainly revising the related law can be handled expeditiously.

  2. Submitted by Steve Hoffman on 04/02/2013 - 03:09 pm.

    “Voter fraud”

    After all the kerfuffle over “voter fraud,” it must be a great consolation for those who pushed for the draconian failed Voter ID amendment to finally have an actual case of VOTER FRAUD they can point to while howling for heads to be hoisted on pikes. Thank you, Mrs Schneider, you have given meaning to so many otherwise empty lives.

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