Arizona woman pleads guilty to voter fraud after accused of forging dead mother's signature

Arizona woman pleads guilty to voter fraud after accused of forging dead mother's signature

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An Arizona woman has become the 10th person in the state charged with voter fraud in connection with the 2020 election after she pleaded guilty to voting illegally on behalf of her deceased mother, authorities said.

Tracey Kay McKee, 64, of Scottsdale, admitted to filling out a ballot under the name of Mary Arendt, who died Oct. 5, 2020, authorities said. McKee is accused of forging her mother’s signature on the ballot affidavit, and sending it through the mail to be counted, FOX 10 of Phoenix reported. 

The death occurred days before the county mailed early ballots, The Associated Press reported.

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“Appearing before Judge Margaret LaBianca in Maricopa County Superior Court on January 26, 2022, McKee admitted signing Mary Arendt’s name to an early ballot envelope and mailing it to Maricopa County on or between October 7, 2020, and November 3, 2020,” the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement, according to the report. “McKee is the daughter of Arendt, who died on October 5, 2020, and as such was not eligible to vote in the November 3, 2020, General Election.”

Tracey Kay McKee is facing voter-fraud charges, authorities say. (Arizona Attorney General's Office)

Tracey Kay McKee is facing voter-fraud charges, authorities say. (Arizona Attorney General’s Office)

The guilty plea came amid an agreement with the attorney general’s office, which will subsequently drop an additional perjury charge, FOX 10 reported. McKee will be sentenced to probation, potentially serving up to 90 days in jail, and will pay $1,800 in fines and fees, the office said. She will also be required to fulfill 100 hours of community service, according to the report.

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McKee’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 2, at which time she will be stripped of her right to vote until she completes the probationary sentence, FOX 10 reported. A court can restore this right at a later time.

A voter drops off a mail-in ballot in Everett, Washington, July 30, 2020.

A voter drops off a mail-in ballot in Everett, Washington, July 30, 2020. (iStock)

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Arizona backed President Joe Biden in the 2020 election by just under 10,500 votes. Former President Donald Trump and his campaign continue to allege that rampant voter fraud in Arizona, and other states, determined the outcome of the election.