A Bismarck man accused of voting twice in the November general election faces a misdemeanor charge.
Jamie Rodahl, 26, voted absentee and went to the polls on Election Day, Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Lloyd Suhr said. The Burleigh County auditor's office discovered Rodahl's two votes during a routine check of the ballots.
"We don't know what his motivation was," Suhr said. "All we know is that the investigation revealed that two votes were cast by him."
Burleigh County Sheriff's Maj. Nick Sevart said Rodahl told investigators that he thought he'd sent his absentee ballot in too early, and voted again to make sure his vote counted. This was the first election Rodahl participated in and he voted in the wrong precinct.
Rodahl was charged Thursday with voting twice in the same election, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
He's not in jail and no warrant was issued for his arrest. Suhr said if offenders aren't a flight risk or a danger to the public they're given a chance to appear on their own accord. Rodahl's first appearance hasn't been scheduled.
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