By Associated Press - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A sixth felon from Waterloo has been convicted and sentenced for voting in the 2012 presidential election.

Robert Earl Anthony entered an Alford plea Monday, acknowledging he could be convicted of election misconduct but not admitting guilt. A judge fined Anthony $750 and ordered him to complete community service.

Anthony was one of eight Waterloo residents with prior felonies who were charged with illegally voting in the November 2012 election. Prosecutors said the eight had lost their voting rights due to their prior convictions.

Many of the defendants and their supporters said they were confused and believed - or had been told - that they were eligible. Precinct workers let them register and vote because they didn’t check an electronic database of ineligible felons.

Two more defendants still face charges.

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