Cumberland County Man Charged With Voter Fraud
A North Carolina man has been charged with voter fraud on the heels of a federal trial in which voter integrity was a key issue.
Cumberland County authorities charged Jason Wilton Wetzel, 70, with voter fraud earlier this month.
The Fayetteville Observer reports that Wetzel is accused of voting twice in the 2012 and 2014 elections – once in North Carolina and again by absentee ballot in Georgia.
Wetzel’s arrest comes as a federal judge in Winston-Salem considers evidence in a closely watched voting rights case. The trial challenged changes to the state’s voting laws in 2013. Supporters of the law argued the changes ensured integrity of the vote, while plaintiff’s witnesses testified that voter fraud is a rarity in the state.
The changes to the law did not address absentee ballots.
According to state election records, Wetzel is registered as a Republican.
Court records indicate his next appearance is scheduled for August 26.