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West Virginia House passes bill to make harsher voter fraud penalties

By Lacie Pierson, Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday adopted a bill that will increase criminal penalties for certain voting crimes.

Members of the House voted 94-0 to adopt the House Bill 4311, but even delegates who voted in support of the measure questioned whether it was necessary, while a local voting rights group called it a means to “fuel lies and conspiracy theories that the 2020 election was stolen.”

The bill establishes a crime for voting more than once, and it clarifies that a person can be convicted of knowingly and willfully attempting to vote “when not legally entitled,” assisting someone in attempting to vote illegally, or altering a ballot. Anyone who assists in causing a legal ballot to be rejected also could face a felony conviction if the bill becomes law.

Any person convicted of any of those crimes would face between one and 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines…

To read more: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/legislative_session/house-passes-bill-to-make-harsher-voter-fraud-penalties/article_b9510c26-95fa-5dc5-a18a-793e731b8fff.html

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