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Washington Dog Registered to Vote

By: CBS Newspath editied Shari Loftley Email
By: CBS Newspath editied Shari Loftley Email

King County Elections is now under fire for what the woman calls a "broken system."

Jane Balogh says she wanted to prove a serious point. If her dog can get a voter registration ballot, what's stopping others from voting illegally in the elections? Balogh says she never meant to commit a crime but rather expose a flaw in the voting system.

Balogh filled out a voter registration form for her Australian Shepherd-terrier mix with a real name, a real birth date and a fake signature. And yes, the registration card arrived in the mail for "Duncan McDonald."

Duncan the dog filled out his ballot in September with his signature and paw print. Balogh didn't actually cast a vote, just sent the ballot. Balogh says at first she got no questions about the ballot. But now, she's in trouble.

Balogh got a letter saying she would be charged with a misdemeanor. She is scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday (6/26).
Prosecutors say they could up the charge to a felony if she pleads not guilty.

Balogh says she checked the King County website on Friday (6/22) and her dog, Duncan, is still listed as a legal voter.


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