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Ashlee Deschamp, Minot, receives deferred sentence for voting twice

Ashlee Monique Deschamp, 45, Minot, received a deferred sentence for 360 days for mistakenly voting twice in last fall’s election.

She had originally been charged with a Class C felony but pleaded guilty to a reduced Class A misdemeanor election offense. If she complies with court conditions, the charge will eventually be dismissed.

North Central District Court Judge Richard Hagar also ordered her to pay $325 in court costs.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Deschamp voted once in person on Oct. 28, 2020, at the early voting site at the Ward County Administration building and had also filled out an absentee ballot, which she dropped in a slot for absentee ballots at the same building on Oct. 28. Deschamp told authorities that she had gone to the building to drop off her absentee ballot, saw that early voting was taking place and decided to vote in person. However, when she placed her ballot into the ballot machine she did not get a response and didn’t think her vote had been counted. She then decided to drop the absentee ballot she had already filled out into the slot for absentee ballots.

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