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New developments in Winona voter fraud investigation

POSTED: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 6:42pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:06am

WINONA - New developments on why the second Winona local option for alcohol election took place.

Bill Chaney petitioned the Smith County 7th District court and Judge Joel Baker to ask for another election implying voter fraud on the first election in May 2009.

The judgment ordered a new election take place and the district attorney's office passed along the information to the attorney general's office to further investigate.

The attorney general representative Al Cavalier met with police and individuals last Tuesday according to a source with the city of Winona.

Four people's names have been listed in the investigation so far.

Ronnie Marsh a former Winona city counsel member, his wife, Ann-Marie, their son, Adam and a Mary Hukill.

The election administrator Karen Chaney, no relation to Bill Chaney, said the four were not allowed to vote the second time around.

The attornery general's office says punishment for voter fraud is considered a felony charge and if convicted one could serve either jail time or pay a fine.

Jessica Wilson

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