86-year-old grandma faces no punishment after she voted twice

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A great-great-grandmother who suffers from Parkinson’s disease and memory loss and who admits she voted twice because she forgot her first absentee ballot vote, will not be punished.

Margaret Schneider, 86, of St. Peter, had been due in Nicollet County Court on Tuesday, accused of filling out two ballots in last year’s primary and charged with a felony count of voter fraud. She had planned to represent herself, WCCO reports.

Schneider, who drew some national media attention, had said the second vote was a simple mistake because her memory failed.

Prosecutors were sympathetic to the woman, but they had said their hands were tied – the law forced them to pursue the case.

But the Mankato Free Press reports Tuesday that the case was resolved without her appearing in court. She won't be fined or jailed. The only stipulation is that she obey voting laws, and her record will be cleared in November 2014, pending no further infractions, the newspaper reported.

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