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Dracut Man, 20, Accused of Voting Twice

September 28, 2018

CONCORD, NH -- A 20-year-old man was indicted last week for allegedly voting in both Dracut and New Hampshire during the November 2016 presidential election, according to a press release from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

Spencer McKinnon is alleged to have knowingly cast a ballot in Durham, N.H. as well as an absentee ballot for the same election in Dracut.

He was indicted on Sept. 20.

The penalty for such a charge is a maximum of three and a half to seven years in prison and a $4,000 fine. If convicted, McKinnon may also lose the right to vote in New Hampshire.

“New Hampshire is part of the Interstate Voter Crosscheck Program, which is a multi-state database that is used to compare voter information for the purpose of detecting voters who are registered in more than one state,” the press release stated. “The Secretary of State is tasked with the responsibility of investigating matches found in the crosscheck database for the purpose of determining if an individual has cast more than one ballot in a single election. The results of that investigation are then forwarded to the Attorney General.”

McKinnon is the third person to be indicted since the Voter Crosscheck Program became a law in 2016. According to the release, the Secretary of State’s Office referred a total of 52 cases to the Attorney General’s Office for investigation, which is active and ongoing.

McKinnon is scheduled to be arraigned in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, New Hampshire on Thursday, Oct. 4.

The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that according to Facebook, there is a University of New Hampshire student named Spencer McKinnon who is from Dracut. The Herald reported that he did not respond to a message seeking comment.

Follow Kori Tuitt on Twitter @KoriTuitt.

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