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Albertville Woman Charged With Allegedly Voting While Ineligible

She was arrested Friday on felony charges of crimes against the government.

 

A convicted felon who pleaded guilty in 2010 to writing a bad check had allegedly not waited until her civil rights had been restored before voting in the 2012 general elections.

Lindsey Anne Heitman, 31, of Albertville, was arrested Friday and charged with allegedly voting while knowing she is ineligible, and registering as an ineligible voter, both "crimes against the government," according to a criminal complaint filed by Wright County Attorney's Office.

Heitman was on a five-year probation after the felony bad check conviction, and would not be eligible to vote until 2015.

On Nov. 6, election day, Heitman checked in with her probation officer, Department of Corrections Probation Officer Truda Boler, and reported that she voted at Albertville City Hall. Boler reported to the Wright County Sheriff's Office that a felon had voted in Albertville.

Both the voter registration card and the election day roster contain a statement or pledge:

Read and Sign only if all Parts Apply to You. I certify that I: ...have the right to vote because, if I have been convicted of a felony, my felony sentence has expired (been completed) or I have been discharged from my sentence...

The maximum sentence for each charge of registering and voting while ineligible, both at the felony level, is five years in prison, $10,000 fine, or both.

Frank M January 15, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I wonder if she voted for Larry S. or Mark Barthel. Maybe someone should fine out, if it was for Larry then Mark would have won the election.
Bex January 15, 2013 at 02:39 PM
But there is no voter fraud. How could this happen?! LOL!
Bill T January 15, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Clearly she should not have done this, but 5 years in prison? It's not like she held up a liquor store or something. Also, how does this affect Sorensen v. Barthel?
Mike Schoemer (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 03:04 PM
The election results have been canvassed and submitted to the state, which has filed them. Offices has been filled with oath/swearing in of new members. The elections are final. However, I don't know if that would prevent Mr. Barthel from filing any sort of complaint either in court or with the Secretary of State ... if the vote was indeed a game changer.
Pete January 15, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Goes to show you, nobody will ever investigate voter fraud. The people have to turn themselves in. Pretty sad state of affairs. You know this happens every day on a huge scale and the government doesn't care.
STMA Parent January 16, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Why would she vote, and then on the very same day call her parole officer and confess?
David January 16, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Another file for the stupid criminal log. "Dear Parole Officer, I am adjusting to life outside of prison. In fact I just voted. You see, I am rehabilitated... I give a darn what happens to us. Love Lindsey
David January 16, 2013 at 02:54 PM
P.S. I still owe that fine.. I'm more than happy to pay it. Can I write you a check?
J. A. Darkshner January 16, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Bill, she will never do any time on this. The 5 years in prison is just the maximum allowed for this type of crime. Also, she probably never even thought about the fact that she turned herself in. I bet it never crossed her mind.
Rick January 16, 2013 at 11:28 PM
That's one of the issues that this electorate does not understand. Proper ID and a signature and one can vote. Same day registration is an absolute joke. While most people are honest, there is plenty of evidence of "precinct hopping" for one. When people move, it is law to have their drivers license updated. There is a box that can be checked at the DMV when registering that will have the county of old and new residence that your voter registration must be updated. What it all boils down to is personal responsibility, knowing the voting rules and participating (not many people know that if you don't vote over a four year cycle, you are supposed to be dropped from the registration log, although there was a person who had been dead over 10 years on the log). The real tragedy of this was cited above. While this individual will be charged, what if there is a 1% fraud rate? ~5,000 votes were cast at City Hall. And there was a tie for City Council. Do we see the problem here???
Rick January 17, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Good point J.A. It is in fact a felony. I would be very curious to see what, if any, type of sentence is handed down.
cccc January 17, 2013 at 04:05 AM
Well, if she's a democrat, then it's not a crime, right? After all, they're above the law, and above the Constitution, right? I think she was supposed to vote in more than one district?
Linda January 17, 2013 at 07:54 PM
cccc--can't you think of anything better to add--what is not to say she voted republican????

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