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Charge dismissed in case of dog registered to vote

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Charge dismissed in case of dog registered to vote

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - A judge has decided that a suburban Seattle woman who registered her Australian shepherd-terrier mix to vote has spent enough time in the legal doghouse.

Jane Balogh (BAY'-loh) had been charged with making a false statement but entered into a plea agreement last year. A King County judge dismissed the charge Monday after Balogh showed that she had paid $240 in court costs and completed community service.

Balogh says she registered her dog Duncan to protest a loophole in the law that she says makes voter registration so easy a nonexistent person could be added to the voter rolls.

She says she made no secret of her action after the fact, telling a number of elected officials she had registered her dog.

And she says Duncan never voted.

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Comments

1.
ThinkComment by Think - August 27, 2008, 9:39 pm
I wonder if Duncan has any credit cards or a big mortgage from IndyMac...
2.
justxploringComment by justxploring - August 28, 2008, 12:27 am
Is Duncan a Republican or a Democrat? So why isn't he eligible? Is it because he's Australian? ;-)

On the serious side - good for her!!   I don't think registering to vote has to be difficult, but I applaud this woman for proving her point.
3.
konaneComment by konane - August 28, 2008, 10:55 am
Believe all people voting should have to present a valid ID before ballot can be cast, as required by Georgia law. Before that it's likely many dead people and dogs "voted."

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