Man Going To Prison For 25 Years For Election Fraud

( A 62-year-old man is going to prison for 25 years for committing election fraud, among other related charges, according to ABC News. William Chase reportedly filled out another person’s ballot in Georgia’s Walker County in January 2021 during the Senate runoff elections.

An absentee ballot was sent to Chase’s PO box by mistake. The husband of the original owner of the ballot claimed that he had received his ballot, but his wife had not received hers. District Attorney Chris Arnt says that the woman then called the Walker County Elections Office to inquire about her ballot.

The office said that they had already received her ballot, but it had not yet been counted. They said it appeared to have her signature. Upon going to the office to verify the signature, she alleges that it was not hers.

The DA asserts that the office canceled the forged ballot and sent a new ballot to the woman’s correct address but had requested that the Secretary of State Office investigate the matter.

It was discovered that Chase was the current owner of the PO box. After scanning the ballot for fingerprints, they determined Chase illegally forged the woman’s signature. The DA prosecuted the man, and he was subsequently charged with “forgery in the first degree, illegal acts regarding election documents, unlawful acts regarding elector’s vote, and repeat voting in the same election.”

Chase was sentenced to 25 years in prison with the first 15 years being served in the Georgia Department of Corrections without the possibility of parole. Chase was not a first-time offender. He reportedly has several previous felony convictions for forgery, bankruptcy fraud, stealing public documents, financial identity fraud, and shoplifting.

This is not the first person to be arrested for voting twice. Two women in Maine were also reportedly charged with voting twice last year. Alyssa Dau, then 19, was charged after forging her roommate’s absentee ballot.