Jane Balogh is registered to vote. And so was her dog, Duncan M. MacDonald.
Balogh, a Washington state resident, registered Duncan, an Australian shepherd-terrier, to vote by putting his name on a phone bill. This was used as identification to register him as a voter. Balogh did this because she wanted to prove how easy it is for non-citizens to register to vote.
She even submitted absentee ballots in numerous elections that she marked “void” and put paw prints on the line for the voter’s signature.
Balogh was to face up to 90 days in jail for registering Duncan as a voter. But a deal has been reached for her to avoid criminal conviction for making a false statement to a public servant. She is required to fulfill 10 hours of community service, pay $250 in court costs, and avoid violating the law for the next year. The misdemeanor charge will be dismissed after one year if she follows these conditions.
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