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Evansville Woman Sentenced to Probation for Felony Absentee Ballot Fraud

Janet Reed received her sentencing in court on Thursday after pleading guilty to the Level 6 Felony charge of Unauthorized Absentee Ballot.

Posted: Jul 1, 2021 10:39 AM
Updated: Jul 1, 2021 6:31 PM

An Evansville woman received her sentencing in court on Thursday after pleading guilty to the Level 6 Felony charge of Unauthorized Absentee Ballot back in May.

69-year-old Janet Reed was sentenced to 18 months of probation on Thursday after prosecutors said she mailed out over 300 primary ballot applications to voters in 2020 that were pre-marked for the Democratic Party.

Reed has also been ordered to pay $2,740 to the Vanderburgh County General Fund.

The crime carried a maximum sentencing of two-and-a-half years in prison.

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In Indiana, voters must ask for either a Republican or Democratic ballot and make the choice by checking a box.

The Vanderburgh County Democratic Party released a statement on Thursday following Reed's sentencing.

"Accountability is always important," the statement said. "Ms. Reed was working independently on this project and has been held accountable for her actions."

Reed’s lawyer says this wasn't an attempt to fix the election. Reed claims she was trying to help older voters who were confused by the voting process.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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