Election Fraud Cases
Michael Winters was charged in Gallatin County with one count of deceptive election practices for filling out a voter registration form under the false name "Miguel Raton" - Spanish for Mickey Mouse. Winters combined his driver's license number and Mickey Mouse's birthday to fill out the registration form. But the ID number belonged to a Missoula resident, which Winters said was unintentional, and he didn't know the person. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 6 months in prison, which was suspended in lieu of his completing 100 hours of community service. He was also assessed fees and costs of $375.
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Alan Lloyd Skari pleaded guilty to a "limits on voting rights" charge after he submitted his ex-wife's absentee ballot without her permission. He was given a six-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay a $250 fine plus a $35 surcharge.