Lake County elections officials look into how woman voted twice in Munster

2013-07-16T18:45:00Z 2013-07-16T22:40:31Z Lake County elections officials look into how woman voted twice in MunsterBill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
July 16, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | The Lake County election board is investigating how a woman managed to cast two votes this spring in the Munster school referendum.

Jim Wieser, an attorney for the bipartisan board, said elections officials are working to determine how the county's computerized database failed to record the woman's first ballot, cast May 4 as an in-person absentee ballot.

She voted again May 7 — Election Day — in Munster Precinct 21, Wieser said.

Munster town residents approved the referendum with 3,689 “yes” votes against 1,991 “no” votes to raise taxes 19.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The money will supplement property tax revenues needed for school payrolls and other operational costs.

Wieser said the woman's double vote was eventually discovered. She has been notified of the investigation and advised to seek legal counsel because she may be in jeopardy of a criminal investigation, Wieser said.

Wieser said the board has yet to hear from the woman about why she voted a second time.

Pat Gabrione, the assistant elections director, said the incident appears to be an aberration. He said there is no evidence of widespread voting irregularities during the referendum.

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