A Frederick County woman pleaded guilty today to voter fraud in the 2012 presidential election, the Office of the State Prosecutor announced.

Elsie Virginia Schildt, 46, was indicted by the Frederick County grand jury on charges of impersonating another person in an attempt to vote, attempting to vote under a false name and attempting to vote more than once in the same election in July. Each charge is punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of $2,500.

She pleaded guilty in a 2 p.m. hearing to the charge of attempting to vote more than once, according to the Office of the State Prosecutor.

According to the indictment, Elsie Virginia Schildt and her mother, who had the same first and last name, requested absentee ballots on March 26, 2012.

The mother died Sept. 24.

In October, Schildt returned her own absentee ballot.

On Nov. 3, she mailed a ballot for her mother, whose signature she had forged, according to the office.

The ballot, received Nov. 7, the day after the election, was not counted “because an employee of the Frederick County Board of Elections had prior knowledge of Elsie Mae Schildt’s death,” according to the indictment.

Judge Julie Stevenson Solt sentence Schildt to probation before judgment and ordered her to complete 40 hours of community service.

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So, assuming she voted twice for the Republican candidate, Romney received 904,969 votes in the Old Line state instead of 904,970. Which means his share of the vote was only 36.6% instead of 36.6%.


The story didn't say it but I heard she is a registered Republican. So much for illegal voter fraud. I support ID checks, not to limit minority voting but to shoe the GOP they are full of horse s--t and that they are again throwing false accusation without fact.


By "shoe" I'm guessing you mean that shoes were thrown at the GOP, which is a muslim way to insult someone?




Oh lots of true republicans ,yes they won in Frederick county wow beat the honest democrats like TINAE Oh they voted.Some twice.


woody encourages voter fraud. Is that legal?


Ho hum probation before judgement.Do it again.


Jim Grimes ex Mayor of Frederick and Elsie are true Republicans!


I don't know why Kathy Afzali has been so quiet on this case, but publicly available state voter records do indicate Elise is registered Republican.


To busy washing her husbands feet. [wink]


You must be familiar with the work of Leonard Alfred Schneider. But who are your contemporary influences?


This wasn't a crime, it was an act of remembrance and respect for a recently deceased parent. It's not about party, it's about dignity.

Support the Elsie Law! MD state elections board should allow one child to submit an absentee ballot one time to vote the final wishes of a parent who died in an election year. One vote, one time, that's it.


It says nothing about the mothers final wish.And if it were the case ,then why did she plead guilty??And it IS a crime to commit voter fraud.


I was not suggesting that voter fraud is not a crime. Let the records show that one registered Republican committed voter fraud in MD.


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