Elderly Woman Voter Fraud 07 Mar 13

An 86-year-old St. Peter woman diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and dementia has been charged with voter fraud. Margaret Schneider says she forgot she had voted by absentee ballot in the 2012 primary election and about a month later went to her polling place to vote. Now Schneider finds herself facing a felony charge and a court appearance April 2nd. Authorities say that the voter roster at Schneider’s polling place did show that she had already voted absentee, but the election judge failed to stop her from voting again. Schneider says if she’s convicted, the election judge should be convicted too. Nicollet County Attorney Michelle Zehnder Fischer says that state law says that if an incident of voter fraud is reported to her office and there’s probable cause to show a crime occurred, she has to prosecute.