Two non-citizens arrested for illegally voting in Montana elections

According to the Montana Secretary of State’s Office, two non-citizens have been arrested for illegally voting in an election in Montana. Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen said the charges stem from a 2021 municipal election in Dodson, Montana.

Here is more from a press release issued Friday evening by the SOS office:

According to the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office, two non-citizens were arrested and pleaded guilty to election felony charges during the November 2021 municipal election. The race for mayor of Dodson in Phillips County has been decided by only two votes.

According to my sources in the state government, the two non-citizens charged with illegal voting are Grace Albia and Jannet Zeta. As of Friday night, both were still listed on the Dodson Public Schools website as elementary school teachers.

Phillips County Sheriff Jerry Lytle told me the two have now been charged.

Sheriff Lytle: Right now, I’ve issued them citations relating to voter fraud. They both pleaded not guilty in their first court appearance. Their omnibus hearing is scheduled for February 23.

Phillips County Sheriff Jerry Lytle also confirmed that Albia and Zeta were the defendants.

Dodson Public Schools website.

Dodson Public Schools website.

According to the statement from the secretary of state’s office, the case has also been referred to the Montana attorney general’s office to oversee the prosecution. “Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen, who led her campaign for Montana’s secretary of state with a focus on election integrity, applauded law enforcement.”

Secretary of State Jacobsen: Thank you to the Attorney General and all law enforcement involved for a job well done. This office is repeatedly reminded that voting violations do not exist because voting misdemeanors are not prosecuted. As such, I will work to ensure that violations of election law such as this are finally taken seriously and will continue to work to prevent them from happening in the first place.

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