I posted about this a few days after the election. Now they’ve charged the suspect with a fourth degree felony.
A Republican challenger who was detained and questioned by Santa Clara Police on election day after he allegedly attempted to vote twice has now been charged with a fourth degree felony.
Marshall Fischer, 40, of Silver City, is now facing one count of fraudulent and double voting, according to the criminal complaint filed Monday in Bayard Magistrate Court.
But Fischer said the whole incident was blown way out of proportion and that he was new to being a challenger and took the title seriously, but never intended to actually vote twice.
According to the complaint, Fischer told police that he was recruited to become a challenger in the electoral process and received his packet on Nov. 5. [Emphasis added.]
At the time of the incident, before they released the man’s name, TPM had this information:
‘From what we understand, he was trained by the Republican Party,’ Sandoval told TPM. The Grant County Republican Party did not respond to a request for comment.
County Clerk Robert Zamarripa told TPM he and his employees had never seen such an incident before but said it wouldn’t sour his office’s relationship with poll watchers.
‘The Republican Party chairwoman from this county handled it accordingly,’ Zamarripa said. ‘We’ve always worked well together, so I don’t think it would cause any problems whatsoever.’ Zamarripa said he was told the individual only recently began attending the Republican Party’s meetings and wasn’t well known by the organization’s leaders. [Emphasis added.]
I’m very curious about what was in the packet and what was in the training.
TPM would like to interview Mr. Fischer:
Fischer did not immediately respond to an interview request.