- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 7, 2001

A voter was charged yesterday with election fraud, according to the Arlington County, Va. Sheriff's Office.
James Halle, who moved out of an Arlington residence in the mid-1990s, was released by a magistrate shortly after his arrest for committing the same crime three times in the past year, officials said.
Mr. Halle lived at 4023 S. 18th St. until 1994, when he moved out of the county, said Linda Lindberg, Arlington County's deputy registrar of voters.
When he showed up last fall and cast an illegal ballot in the presidential election, someone who knew Mr. Halle recognized him and reported him to officials, piquing interest in Mr. Halle's voting habits.
"Mr. Halle has remained registered to vote at a home he used to own," Mrs. Lindberg said. "Mr. Halle remained registered even though, according to the new owner, Mr. Halle does not live there anymore."
In June, when Mr. Halle arrived to cast his vote at the same precinct during Virginia's Democratic primary, he was confronted by the chief election officer, Mrs. Lindberg said.
Mr. Halle swore under the penalty of perjury that he continued to live at that address, she said. Later on, after being presented with the information, the Arlington County Commonwealth Attorney's Office issued an arrest warrant.
"Today, assuming Mr. Halle would come to vote again, a detective was waiting for him and he did show up to vote," Mrs. Lindberg said yesterday.
Mr. Halle, who is in his late 50s, was charged late in the morning with election fraud and released on personal recognizance, said Mike Raffo, chief deputy of the Arlington County Sheriff's Office.
After being challenged yesterday about the veracity of his address, Mr. Halle swore he lived at that residence, mandating acceptance of his vote, Mrs. Lindberg said.
He was released less than 90 minutes later while the polls were still open.
Efforts to reach Mr. Halle and the current resident of the 18th Street home were unsuccessful.


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