Illegal Vote Gets TN Man 15 Days in Jail, Sentence Upheld by CCA

Illegal Vote Gets TN Man 15 Days in Jail, Sentence Upheld by CCA

Gregory D. Roberts, was convicted by a Fayette County, TN jury of illegal voting, a felony, for having intentionally voted in a November 2008 election knowing that he was ineligible to vote due to his felony convictions. He was sentenced by the trial court to four years in the Department of Correction, with the sentence suspended to fifteen days in the county jail with the remainder of the time on supervised probation.

The State’s main witness was, the Deputy Administrator of the Election Commission, who identified the following items:a copy of the defendant’s signed voter registration card, dated May 21, 2004; a page from the “voter signature list” from the November 2004 general election, which contained the defendant’s signature and preprinted address and social security number; an application to vote from the November 2008 general election, which contained the defendant’s hand-printed name, address, and signature; and a page from the voter signature list from the November 2008 general election, which contained the defendant’s signature and preprinted address and social security number.

The defendant chose alibi and lost.  Roberts will serve 15 days active jail time and be on supervised probation for 4 years for his illegal vote. His sentence was upheld on appeal in an opinion published March 30, 2011.

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