Vote early, but not often.

In fact, don’t even think about it. This just in from Secretary of State Debra Bowen‘s office:

SACRAMENTO – A Weed man was charged today with one felony count accusing him of casting two ballots in the November 2005 Special Statewide Election following an investigation by Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s fraud unit. The voter allegedly cast one ballot by mail a week before that election and voted a second time at the polls on Election Day.

After conducting her official canvass for the special election, Siskiyou County Clerk Colleen Setzer noticed the apparent double voting and alerted the Secretary of State’s office. An investigation by the Secretary’s Election Fraud Investigation Unit concluded that Dennis Roy Roberts had indeed voted by mail and also at the polls. A forensic handwriting expert confirmed the signatures on the ballot and precinct documents both belong to Roberts.

The November 2005 special election ballot contained eight statewide initiatives. Also on the ballot in Siskiyou County was a Measure A, a local bond benefiting the Siskiyou Joint Community College District, which voters approved. Roberts is Athletic Director at College of the Siskiyous.

“The Presidential Primary Election is a week away and the message here is if you vote more than once in California, you will be caught,” said Secretary Bowen, the state’s chief elections officer. “Voter fraud is not acceptable, and I applaud Colleen Setzer and her staff for their vigilance in helping keep California elections clean.”

Siskiyou County District Attorney J. Kirk Andrus charged Roberts with one count of Elections Code Section 18560(b), voting more than once. It is punishable by up to three years in prison.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Backlash

    Yet let me point something out too you the black will make no difference in this election and her is my reasoning:

    I personally asked 10 Whites, 10 Blacks, 10 Filipinos, and 10 mixed nationalities during the 2004 elections were I worked at just my own scientific data this is the results…

    8 Whites Voted

    3 Blacks Voted

    10 Filipinos Voted

    10 Mixed nationalities voted

    As an African American it’s sad to say the black vote will not count in this election as the last, most feel the process is rigged and will not waste the time this will give the Clinton machine a decisive hand in wining.

    I voted for G. Bush and I love the ideal of a Fair Tax…..

  • This was an honest mistake by a great person. To rake him over the coles over one incident this man has had in his whole life is unreal. Dennis has done so many great things at college of the siskiyous for the past 25 years that it is hard to beleive that that could completely forgotten. You ask any kid that has played football, or ran track,for him; or coached with him or against him they will all tell you what a class act he is on and off the field. Dennis has been a very positive influence in my life and in good times and bad has always been there for his fellow coaches and athletes. He has helped a countless number of kids improve there futures by what he taught them at the college. I hope people will take this in consideration before they pass judgement on a man that has always put everybody else first before his own self.


    James Frisbie

  • Ed

    Anyone that knows Dennis Roberts, knows that this was an honest mistake. Wait until the facts are put out there! It will be mud on everyone’s face, especially the County Clerk and the DA’s. Another rush to judgement in Siskiyou County!