An Arizona woman has become the 10th person in the state charged with voter fraud in connection with the 2020 election after she pleaded guilty to voting illegally on behalf of her deceased mother, authorities announced.
Tracey Kay McKee, 64, of Scottsdale, admitted to filling out a ballot under the name of Mary Arendt, who died October 5, 2020, authorities stated. McKee is accused of forging her mother’s signature on the ballot affidavit, and sending it through the mail to be counted, FOX 10 of Phoenix reported.
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The death took place days before the county mailed early ballots, according to The Associated Press.
“Appearing before Judge Margaret LaBianca in Maricopa County Superior Court on January 26, 2022, McKee admitted signing Mary Arendt’s name to an early ballot envelope and mailing it to Maricopa County on or between October 7, 2020, and November 3, 2020,” the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced in a statement, according to the report. “McKee is the daughter of Arendt, who died on October 5, 2020, and as such was not eligible to vote in the November 3, 2020, General Election.”
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The guilty plea came amid a deal with the attorney general’s office, which will subsequently drop an additional perjury charge, according to FOX 10. McKee will be sentenced to probation, possibly serving up to 90 days in jail, and will pay $1,800 in fines and fees, the office announced. She will also be asked to fulfill 100 hours of community service, according to the report.
McKee’s sentencing hearing is
scheduled for March 2, at which time she will be stripped of her right to vote until she completes the probationary sentence, according to FOX 10. A court can restore this right at a later time.
Amid accusations of extensive voting fraud by Republicans disrupting Democratic President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election, election fraud is extremely rare. In the last decade, election fraud accounted for less than 0.0001% of votes cast in Arizona.
Arizona has the proof of major voter fraud. https://t.co/duwqoxU039— Annette Raely (@raleyclub) February 3, 2022
“There is a very specific reason why we don’t see many instances of fraud, and that is because the system is designed to catch it, to flag it and then hold those people accountable,” Amber McReynolds, a former director of elections in Denver and the founding CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute, which promotes mail voting, told The Associated Press in December.