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Published April 01, 2010, 03:50 PM

Judge Deciding Mendez Illegal Voting Case

The case of a Crookston man charged with illegally voting is in the hands of a judge.

The case of a Crookston man charged with illegally voting is in the hands of a judge.

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.

Friends have been supporting Mendez- saying he didn't know it was illegal to vote as a convicted felon.

And they question why he was allowed to vote in jail if the county knew it was illegal.

Both the prosecution and the defense wrapped up their cases on Wednesday. Polk County Judge Jeffery Remick has taken the case under advisement and will issue a decision in the near future.

The crime of illegal voting is a felony charge; it carries a maximum of five years in prison and up to a 10,000 dollar fine.

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