- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The former Democratic mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, reportedly cast a vote two weeks after he lost his voting rights for pleading guilty to corruption charges.

Patrick Cannon’s vote, which was officially challenged Tuesday night, would violate his bond and could put him back before a judge, said Greg Forrest, chief of the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte, the Charlotte Observer reported.

“Let’s cut to the chase: He shouldn’t have done that, and we’re going to talk to him tomorrow (Wednesday),” Mr. Forrest told the Observer.

Mr. Forrest said Cannon lost his voting privileges on Oct. 14, when he was sentenced to 44 months in prison, or the next day when the sentence officially became part of the court record. Mecklenburg Board of Elections records indicate that Cannon cast an early ballot on Oct. 30, the Observer reported.

Court Judge Frank Whitney allowed Cannon to remain free on bond until he is required to report to federal prison later this month. Mr. Forrest said Judge Whitney could order Cannon’s immediate incarceration in light of his misbehavior, the Observer reported.

A statement from U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins’ office said Cannon “was represented by counsel, knew he was convicted of a felony, was informed by the court that his conviction included the loss of some previously held rights, and had access to the information on the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Mecklenburg Board of Elections websites regarding the voting laws of North Carolina.”

Cannon’s vote was challenged by election officials Tuesday night and was not counted. The county’s Board of Elections will decide within 10 days whether the ballot will be thrown out or added to the county’s final tally, the Observer reported.

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