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No charges to be filed in voting cases

No criminal charges will be filed against three people involved in two cases investigated by the Comanche County Sheriff's Office in which three people had voted twice during Oklahoma's presidential primary election earlier this month.

Irma Newburn, first assistant district attorney, said the cases were reviewed by the district attorney's office after they were investigated by the sheriff's office. She said the decision not to file criminal charges against the individuals was recommended by her office after the same recommendation was made by the sheriff's office.

In the incidents in question, three people had voted twice. One of the voters had cast an absentee ballot by mail and then appeared to cast a ballot on election day March 10. The other two voters had participated in the three-day in-person early voting session during which both voters had received a ballot but didn't select a candidate in either case. Both of those voters did return on election day with one of them again not selecting a candidate.

Newburn said that the investigation by the sheriff's office and review of the case by the district attorney's office determined that the three voters had no criminal intent involved in their actions. However, she did report that letters were sent to each of those three individuals to make them aware of the criminal statutes in Oklahoma's election laws in regard to proper voting.

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