Creative Destruction

November 2, 2006

Shadenfraud time: Ann Coulter May Have Illegally Voted In Wrong Precinct

Filed under: Content-lite,Current Events — Ampersand @ 4:07 pm

Okay, anytime Ann Coulter is having a bad day I’m happy. But I’m a bit bugged by this:

WEST PALM BEACH – Conservative columnist Ann Coulter has refused to cooperate in an investigation about whether she voted in the wrong precinct, so the case will likely be turned over to state prosecutors, Palm Beach County’s elections chief said Wednesday.

Elections Supervisor Arthur Anderson said his office has been looking into the matter for nearly nine months, and he would turn over the case to the State Attorney’s Office by Friday. […]

Knowingly voting in a wrong precinct is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison, said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office in West Palm Beach.

Doesn’t five years seem pretty extreme for the crime in this case? A single year in prison and a hefty fine seems like more than adequate punishment for the harm done, and for deterrence purposes. Even for Coulter.

(Thanks to Lucia for pointing this story out to me.)


1 Comment »

  1. Colorado, in its anti-immigration special session, passed a similar law making knowingly voting in an unauthorized manner a felony.

    Also, one of the defeated Democratic party candidates for the very hot CO-7 race had a similar problem.

    Realistically, if charges are pressed, they are reduced to probation and a fine on a lesser charge. I suspect that the felony charge probably carries an intent element that would be difficult or impossible to prove.

    Comment by ohwilleke — November 3, 2006 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

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