After pleading not guilty to voter fraud back in August, Troy Schiller admitted Tuesday to voting twice in the April 5, 2016 election, claiming he “got wrapped up in too much talk radio” and “made a careless decision.”
So “too much talk radio” made Schiller commit a felony that could have cost him 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine? Wood County Circuit Judge Nicholas Brazeau Jr. must’ve bought it. He called Schiller “a good guy” and sentenced him to just 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Felony voter fraud penalties aren’t much of a deterrent if they aren’t imposed.
Brazeau did note that just one vote can decide an election, and has in Wood County, which is why the judge denied Schiller’s request for no jail time at all.
How was Schiller able to carelessly commit his crime? According to Wood County Clerk Cindy Cepress,
Schiller was registered to vote in Pittsville and showed identification to vote there, Cepress said. He also went to the Dexter polling place, showed identification and showed proof he was living in Dexter, Cepress said. While state election laws require identification to vote, the identification does not have to have a current address, Cepress said.