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Forum News Service, Published July 02 2013

South Dakota man accused of voting twice set for August trial

MITCHELL, S.D. -- A Mitchell man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to voting more than once -- a felony charge -- during Mitchell’s June school board election.

Craig Guymon, 54, typically a vocal man, said only “yes, your honor” and “not guilty” during the court proceeding. The charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison, a $4,000 fine or both.

Guymon is accused of voting twice -- once by absentee ballot on June 4 and once by regular ballot later in the day at the polling place. Absentee ballots were allowed until 3 p.m. on Election Day.

Davison County Auditor Susan Kiepke received an Election Day call from Mitchell School District Business Manager Steve Culhane stating that poll workers noted Guymon’s name in the poll book and later found an absentee ballot with Guymon’s name.

Guymon has unsuccessfully run for school board positions multiple times, but he was not a candidate in this election. He is infamous for his sometimes bizarre behavior, including calling his opponents “spineless jellyfish” in a past school board debate, maintaining a website devoted to his opinions called The Book of Guymon, and sending mailers to all Mitchell residents claiming that Catholics are conspiring to manipulate the city.

Judge Tim Bjorkman scheduled a jury trial for August.