Oregon man who tried to sell ballot gets probation
A Portland, Oregon man was granted probation and a talk with a judge after pleading guilty to trying to sell his 2020 presidential election ballot, along with tennis shoes, at a market mobile.
Josiah Bridges, 23, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of illegally selling election materials in the rare felony voter fraud prosecution in Multnomah County Circuit Court, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
Bridges had listed items for sale that come across OfferUp. He told investigators he did it to pay his rent and because he didn’t like any of the presidential candidates, according to court documents.
He didn’t think anyone would accept it, said Amy Seely, special prosecutor with the Oregon Department of Justice.
Several concerned Oregonians reported the ballot offer to a tip line through the state Department of Justice, so officers staged a sting and arrested Bridges at a Fred Meyer store in St. Johns. , according to court records.
Bridges said he didn’t know it was illegal to sell a ballot.
He was sentenced to three years probation and 120 hours of community service. Defense attorney Gayle Kvernland said Bridges had a steady job and hoped to become a hairdresser.
Senior Judge Kathleen Dailey waived fines and costs for Bridges and made him eligible to return to court if he successfully completes probation to potentially reduce the felony conviction to a misdemeanor.