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State probe leads to vote fraud arrest

Sep 15, 2015 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A Dubois resident was arrested is accused of voting in an election despite her felony status that makes it illegal for her to cast a ballot.

Harley Wells, 47, was taken into custody on a Fremont County warrant for two counts of false voting and one voter registration offense as part of an investigation through the Secretary of State's office.

The alleged offenses occurred last year.

"She voted in the primary and the general," Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese said.

Wells's felony conviction came out of Nevada, so Freese said the woman's name wasn't included in the Fremont County system. Someone notified officials that Wells wasn't supposed to be voting, however.

"Someone complains, and I have to investigate," Freese said. "Your right to vote is a privilege. ... We're serious about that."

The new charges against Wells carry penalties of up to five years in prison or up to $10,000 in fines for each count.

Freese said two other people may be arrested in the future for similar violations locally.

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