Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Alton Election Judge Charged for Allegedly Casting Ballot for Dead Husband

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Alton Election Judge Charged for Allegedly Casting Ballot for Dead Husband

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. * An election judge from Alton was charged Friday with voter fraud for allegedly sending in an absentee ballot in her late husband's name.

Audrey Cook, 88, said in a telephone interview that she filled out the ballot for her husband after he died in September because she knew he would want Donald Trump to be president. Cook said she and her husband, Vic, applied for absentee ballots this past summer and she received them days after he died.

"I was just so distraught when this came and I just voted because I knew he wanted to live so badly to see Trump straighten out this stinking mess," she said tearfully.

Cook is charged with two felony election-fraud counts.

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons told the Belleville News-Democrat that Cook would be removed as an election judge. …

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