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2 get probation for illegal voting

Green Valley pair cast '08 ballots in both AZ, Kansas

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Karen and James Marshall both received one year's probation for voting in two states via mail-in ballots. The couple submitted ballots by mail in Kansas, then moved here and voted as well in the same election cycle.

A Green Valley husband and wife who voted twice in the 2008 presidential election were each sentenced Tuesday to one year of probation.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco also ordered James A. Marshall, 63, and Karen S. Marshall, 56, to each pay a $1,000 fine as part of their conviction on a misdemeanor count of deprivation of rights under color of law.

The Marshalls were indicted in July on federal voter-fraud charges after it was determined the couple voted in both Arizona and Kansas in the 2008 election via mail-in ballots. The registered Republicans voted by mail in Kansas then moved to Arizona, voting here as well, court records show.

"This has been a learning lesson," Karen Marshall told Velasco. "This has been very stressful. We'll never do it again."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray Woo told Velasco the Marshalls' actions "nullified" the votes of countless people in both states who hoped their participation would matter.

The Marshalls had friends running for local election in Kansas whom they wanted to help, said defense attorney Skip Donau, who noted the races in both states weren't close enough for the Marshalls' votes to make a difference.

"They didn't change the outcome of anything," Donau said.

Contact reporter Brian J. Pedersen at 573-4224 or

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