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Forum News Service, Published June 05 2013

South Dakota man arrested on voter fraud allegation

MITCHELL, S.D - A 54-year-old Mitchell man was arrested Wednesday on charges of voter fraud related to Tuesday’s school board election, police reported.

Craig Guymon is accused of voting more than once, which according to state law is a felony punishable upon conviction by up to two years imprisonment and a fine of up to $4,000.

A Mitchell Police Division news release said Guymon is accused of voting at the sole polling place at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy on Tuesday morning and later returning an absentee ballot to the Davison Auditor’s Office in the county courthouse on Tuesday afternoon. Absentee voting was allowed until 3 p.m. on Election Day.

The auditor’s office followed election procedures, and election process checks and balances allowed Auditor Susan Kiepke’s office to quickly discover that Guymon had apparently voted twice, the release said.

Guymon has long been known in Mitchell as a vocal critic of school officials. He has made multiple runs for the school board but was not a candidate in Tuesday’s election.

Guymon was released Wednesday on a personal recognizance bond.