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University Of Maine Student Accused Of Vote As Ex-mate Faces 5 Years In Prison

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A University of Maine student is facing criminal charges of up to five years in prison for allegedly voting in the name of a former roommate, authorities said on Tuesday.

Local election officials have accused Alyssa Dau, 19, of Bowdoinham, of voting as her former roommate Evangelia Suleiman with an absentee ballot in Orono, according to Associated Press. Authorities found the ballot, received October 15, to be in potential violation of voting regulations before it was processed. Both Suleiman and Dau were students at the University of Maine.

“It is a serious crime in Maine to cast or attempt to cast an illegal vote, either absentee or in person. My office will vigorously investigate and prosecute any allegations of election fraud,” Attorney General Aaron Frey said.

Democratic Senate candidate Sara Gideon fills out her absentee ballot to vote in person on October 14, 2020 at the town hall in Freeport, Maine.
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Frey indicated that the state intends to harshly punish any attempts at voter fraud.

“We will work closely with the Secretary of State’s Office to ensure the integrity of elections,” he said. “It is a serious crime in Maine to cast or attempt to cast an illegal vote, either absentee or in person. My office will vigorously investigate and prosecute any allegations of election fraud.”

More than 369,800 Maine voters had already cast their ballots as of Tuesday afternoon, according to ElectProject. Among those, 191,600 were registered Democrats, 79,500 registered Republicans and 11,300 registered Independents. Roughly 87,000 early voters in the state had no party affiliation.

Newsweek reached out to the University of Maine for further information.

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