What was the last time you heard of anybody being charged with voter fraud? Yes, OK, there was a story recently alleging voter fraud in Ohio. Even so, charges in this kind of thing are rare indeed.
So I was surprised to be looking over the Hennepin County Jail Roster tonight and see Sonvilay Pnrasatane charged with knowingly voting while ineligible...
Let me make clear she's not known to be a resident of North Minneapolis, the place where I usually center my stories. Her address on the jail roster is the Shakopee Women's Prison.
So did she actually somehow vote FROM PRISON? More likely she is just on probation and ineligible to vote, but the source of her (alleged) ineligibility is not clear to me right now. I'm looking into this.
All I know is she was arrested January 15 and released January 17.
Three charges are listed and one "hold."
1/1 INELIGIBLE VOTER KNOWINGLY VOTES HC ATTY WRIT-PROSEQUENDUM FELONY NO BAIL REQUIRED $0 NBR BY DC 1/16/2014..13:30 DOWNTOWN Address
1/2 REGISTRATION AND ELIGIBILITY OF VOTERS-REGISTER AN INELIGIBLE VOTER HC ATTY WRIT-PROSEQUENDUM FELONY NO BAIL REQUIRED $0 NBR BY DC 1/16/2014..13:30 DOWNTOWN Address
2/1 INELIGIBLE VOTER KNOWINGLY VOTES HC ATTY WARRANT FELONY NO BAIL REQUIRED $0 NBR BY DC 1/30/2014..09:00 DOWNTOWN Address
2/2 REGISTRATION AND ELIGIBILITY OF VOTERS-REGISTER AN INELIGIBLE VOTER HC ATTY WARRANT FELONY NO BAIL REQUIRED $0 NBR BY DC 1/30/2014..09:00 DOWNTOWN Address
3/1 RETURN MN DOC HOLD OTHER RETURN TO $0 HOLD W/O BAIL
Other than that, I found some minor charges from 2011 which included DWI and giving false info to the police, allegedly. Those minor charges are the source of her mugshot photo. MNCIS is down for the weekend so I am unable to look for a rap sheet or evidence of civil suits.
It is interesting these charges are felonies but are also "no bail required."
God heavens, she could be out there on the streets right now...