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Charge: Man voted twice in ‘08 election

A Stevens County man has been charged with a felony after investigators say he voted twice in the 2008 election.

Handwriting experts believe Alan Dennis Christensen, 34, filled out paperwork allowing him to vote in Stevens County and in Oregon, according to documents filed in Stevens County Superior Court.

Voter records show Christensen, of Nine Mile Falls, voted by mail in Oregon Sept. 22, then in Washington Sept. 30. Christensen is charged with making a false declaration as to qualifications as a voter, a class C felony.

“It’s certainly not very common,” Deputy Prosecutor Matt Enzler said of the charge.

Voting more than once also is a class C felony; Enzler said making a false declaration is easier to prove.

“It’s all based on signatures and document as opposed to showing that he actually did vote,” Enzler said. “We have the fact that he signed documents in an election in two separate counties.”

Christensen is to be arraigned July 13.


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