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By James Brooks
Alaska Beacon 

Just two people charged with voter fraud in Alaska's 2020 election

 

November 30, 2022



A woman accused of voting illegally in both Alaska and Florida during the 2020 elections will face charges in a Florida court on Dec. 8, according to online court records.

When Cheryl-Ann Leslie is arraigned on felony counts of casting more than one ballot, she will become just the second person charged with voter fraud related to Alaska’s 2020 election.

Despite claims by some Alaskans that fraudulent voting changed the state’s election results two years ago, no evidence of fraud on that scale has been uncovered by investigators.

After the 2020 election, Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Shower was among those who collected information about possible fraudulent votes and forwarded it to state investigators. In January 2022, Gov. Mike Dunleavy said three cases of possible voter fraud were being investigated by state troopers.

The Florida case was the result of a special group of Florida investigators assigned specifically to election-related crimes. Patty Sullivan, a spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Law, said the Alaska Division of Elections assisted Florida’s investigation and referred the issue to law enforcement here.

It wasn’t clear whether the case was one of the three mentioned by Dunleavy. The governor’s office referred a question to the Department of Law and the Department of Public Safety.

According to a public records request with the Alaska Court System, only two voter misconduct cases have been filed since 2020. One remains sealed by a judge’s order, making details of the case impossible to determine.

The other case involves a Copper Center man who signed absentee ballots with an anti-gay epithet. Terry Anthony Bell was initially charged with five felonies but pleaded guilty to just one misdemeanor count of voter misconduct as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

Sullivan said she could not say whether any other cases will be filed by prosecutors.

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