Mendez Found Not Guilty of Illegally VotingA Crookston man charged with illegally voting has been found not guilty by a judge.
A Crookston man charged with illegally voting has been found not guilty by 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.
Mendez' friends showed up in court in support, saying Mendez 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. The case generated much public interest in Crookston,
including dozens of opinion letters to the town's newspaper.
Polk County District Judge Jeffery Remick made his ruling in a 17 page document filed late Wednesday.
He deliberated the case for exactly one week after a two day trial ended last Wednesday.
We will have more on this case tonight on WDAZ news at 5, 6, and 10.