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Published March 29, 2010, 05:55 PM

Trial To Start Tomorrow In Crookston Illegal Voting Case

The jury trial starts Tuesday for a Crookston man facing charges for illegally voting.

The jury trial starts Tuesday for a Crookston man facing charges for illegally voting.

Ken Mendez voted by absentee ballot while in jail in Polk County in 2008.

Since Mendez was on probation as a convicted felon for a 2006 crime, it was illegal for him to vote.

This case has caused a lot of controversy in Crookston. Friends have been supporting Mendez, saying he didn't know it was illegal to vote as a convicted felon. They question why he was allowed to vote in jail if the county knew it was illegal. Friends say Mendez has turned his life around the last few years, and that prosecuting this case is a waste of taxpayer money.

The crime of illegal voting is a felony charge; it carries a maximum of five years in prison and up to a 10-thousand dollar fine.

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