Two charged with voter fraud in Austin

Published 4:40pm Monday, December 3, 2012

Two of three Austin residents who allegedly voted illegally at Ellis Middle School on Election Day have each been charged as an ineligible voter who knowingly voted, a felony.

Brothers William and Braulio Manzano were each charged Friday, Nov. 30, in Mower County Court. According to the court complaints, the brothers each checked the boxes on their voter applications that indicate they are not U.S. citizens. However, both men continued to fill out their applications and signed the portion that indicates they are citizens who can vote and that providing false information is a felony offense punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

An officer and interpreter spoke with the brothers, who both admitted they are not naturalized citizens but have permanent resident status with Minnesota identification cards.

Braulio admitted to voting, according to the court complaint, because he didn’t understand the application and didn’t know he had to be a naturalized citizen to vote.

A third suspect who allegedly voted illegally has not yet been charged.

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