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Lake Havasu City Woman Sentenced for Casting Illegal Vote

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Marcia Johnson, 70, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to one year of supervised probation and fined $1,000. Johnson previously pleaded guilty to one count of Voting More than Once, a felony offense. 

“Election integrity has two pillars: ensuring that only eligible voters cast ballots; and insisting that all eligible voters who choose to vote can do so easily and efficiently, with confidence that their vote will be counted,” said United States Attorney Gary Restaino.  “Prosecution is a key deterrent on the rare occasions when illegal votes are cast, and this prosecution comes with an important collateral consequence: as a result of her federal felony conviction, Ms. Johnson will lose the right to vote in Arizona until she completes her term of probation.”

Johnson pleaded guilty in December 2021 to casting two ballots in the November 2018 federal election. Johnson voted twice by casting her own mail-in ballot as well as the one that was sent to her father, who died in 2012 and whose name had remained on the Mohave County voter rolls. According to the charging document, mail-in ballots sent to Johnson’s deceased father were returned in seven other federal elections after his 2012 death.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Galati, District of Arizona, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-21-08140-PHX-DJH
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-019_Johnson

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Updated February 28, 2022

Voting and Elections
Press Release Number: 2022-019