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Terrierist act? She registered her dog to vote

Criminal charges were dismissed Monday against a Seattle area woman who registered her dog to vote, according to the Seattle Times.

Jane Balogh, 67, a grandmother and Army veteran had registered her Australian shepherd-terrier mix as a voter to protest lax standards for voters to prove their identity and citizenship. She used a utility bill in the dog’s name — Duncan M. MacDonald — as identification.

A King County District Court judge dropped a misdemeanor charge of making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, based on Balogh’s completion of the terms of a plea agreement reached in September 2007.

She paid $240 in court costs and completed 10 hours of community service at the Tacoma Rescue Mission.

According to the Times, Balogh made no attempt to hide the deception, telling a number of elected officials what she had done and putting a pawprint instead of a signature on an absentee-ballot envelope.

She didn’t try to vote using the dog’s registration.


Comment from MG
Time August 27, 2008 at 10:14 am

Wouldn`t they have to wait to see which candidate the dog voted for,before determining whether or not it was a crime?

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time August 27, 2008 at 10:34 am

(Laughs at MG…)
I think dogs are excellent judges of character and probably should be able to vote.

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