FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catherine Lu
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(Las Vegas, NV; January 24, 2013) – A Southern Nevada woman who was charged with attempting to vote twice in the presidential election reached a settlement agreement with the State of Nevada today.
Roxanne Rubin, who was investigated by the Secretary of State’s office and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s office, waived her right to a preliminary hearing and has agreed to perform 100 hours of community service and attend impulse control counseling. If she completes the community service and counseling and remains on good behavior for six months, the charge will be dropped to a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct. If she fails to complete her settlement terms, she will plead guilty to a gross misdemeanor. Rubin reimbursed the Secretary of State’s office nearly $2,500 for its investigation costs.
“Rubin's attempt to vote twice was detected and stopped, and she has been successfully prosecuted,” said Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. “Let this case serve as a deterrent to those who might contemplate engaging in any form of election fraud. I remain committed to protecting the integrity of our elections."
“If Ms. Rubin was trying to demonstrate how easy it is to commit voter fraud, she clearly failed and proved just the opposite,” said Secretary of State Ross Miller. “That does not, however, mean that there is no need for vigilance and enhancements to the existing system. Our existing safeguards work, but when we have the opportunity to further strengthen the security of our system, without disenfranchising any voters, we should do so. I am pleased that she has accepted accountability for violating our election laws, and I look forward to continuing to develop secure systems to enforce those laws.”
Miller is currently in Washington, D.C. where this morning he was a panelist in a Brennan Center for Justice seminar on “Creating a Modern Voting System” which addressed how various states are modernizing their voter registration and elections processes. He is also attending the National Secretaries of State (NASS) winter meeting where he serves as the organization's current president and will be participating in additional voter registration and elections-related discussions. Miller submitted an election modernization bill (SB 63), which would update the current paper-based system to an electronic poll-book, to the 2013 Nevada Legislature.
Agents from Nevada’s multi-jurisdictional Elections Integrity Task Force arrested Rubin on November 2, 2012. The criminal complaint alleged that on or about October 29, 2012, Rubin voted in the 2012 Clark County General Election at a polling station at The Anthem Community Center in Henderson. Later the same date Rubin appeared at a Las Vegas polling station at 9725 S. Eastern Ave. and attempted to vote a second time. The poll worker conducted a routine computer database search which indicated that Rubin had already voted and informed her. It is further alleged that Rubin responded that she had not already voted, but a search of the computer database reconfirmed that she had already voted at the Anthem polling place. The State also alleged that Rubin insisted the database was incorrect, continued to claim that she had not voted, and further insisted that she be allowed to vote. Poll workers did not allow Rubin to vote, and reported the incident to the Clark County Registrar’s office, which notified the Secretary of State’s office.
Rubin was taken to the Clark County Detention Center, and charged with one count of the crime of voting more than once in the same election, a Category “D” felony.
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