Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Putnam Residents Face Charges for Illegal Voting

More than a dozen Putnam County residents will be arraigned in Criminal Court later this month after being indicted on charges of illegal voting. District Attorney Randy York says the indictments were returned after evidence was presented to the grand jury earlier this month. York says the state of Tennessee is working with local election commissions to identify individuals who may have registered to vote after being convicted of a felony. The state's list of known felons is being compared with local voter rolls, and any apparent matches are turned over to the DA's office for further investigation. A conviction for illegally voting is also a felony -- punishable by up to four years in prison.