Woman gets 10 days in jail for changing voter records
September 6, 2008
Deborah Thorpe of Snohomish, Washington received 10 days in jail and a $250 fine for changing at least five records in the main voter database. " She pleaded guilty to two counts of official misconduct in Everett District Court.
Brother's Record changed
Thorpe had been employed at the county auditor's office for three weeks in 2005. During that time she had access to county computers. Allegations against her first arose in 2007 when her brother, Alan Skyles, drove 400 miles from Idaho to find out why he never received an absentee ballot.
After county officials explained to him that the voter records had him listed as a felon, he informed them that while he was not a felon, his sister was. Investigators were able to trace Thorpe's electronic fingerprints to at least five records changes, including listed her brother and two former neighbors as felons. County officials say they did not know she was a felon when they hired her.