Cordova Woman Arrested for Voting Twice in Same Election

MEMPHIS,TENN (localmephis.com) - A Cordova woman is accused of voting twice in the hotly contested November election.

45-year-old Sonya Sanders is facing a felony voter fraud charge.

Sanders is accused of casting a ballot at one Cordova precinct, then about 15 minutes later showing up at another Cordova precinct and casting a second ballot.

Sander's attorney, Alexander Wharton, says this is just a big misunderstanding. 

"I just know that Miss. Sanders did not cast two ballots that day. I know that she did not intend to mislead anyone," said Wharton. 

Wharton says his client showed up at the Bert Ferguson Community Center to vote on November 8th of last year; it's where she had voted countless times before.  Wharton says she didn't realize that her precinct had changed after moving from her Cordova apartment to a home in Cordova a short distance away.

Wharton said when the address on her driver's license didn't match her voter registration card, she was turned away and told to go vote at her designated precinct.

"She did not vote. She did not put a card into a machine. She never even received a card in the first place to go to a machine to vote," said Wharton. 

Wharton says Sanders then went to her designated precinct at the Cordova Community Center to cast her ballot. 

About a month and a half later on December 21st, Wharton says two officers arrived at Sander's home at about 3 in the morning to arrest her for voter fraud. 

Wharton says it doesn't add up. He doesn't understand why a 45-year-old woman with no prior criminal history wouldn't suddenly risk it all. 

"This would have been a strange time for a mother of 3 two jobs, hardworking young woman to do something like this," said Wharton. 

According to a New York Times article, Tennessee had the most credible allegations of voter fraud than any other state. 

40 reported cases out of 4.3 million voters in the primary and general elections. It is certainly not widespread voter fraud, but there have been cases.

However, Wharton fears what message prosecuting this case might send. 

"If you cast a ballot, of if you attempted to go vote and something goes awry in the process without your intent, without your purposeful doing then you can be prosecuted. I think that sends a very dangerous message," said Wharton.

Wharton also questions whether or not poll workers followed proper protocol in Sanders' case. We reached out to the Shelby County Election Commission for comment, but they declined since this is an active case.  

 

 


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