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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