By Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2021

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man has pleaded guilty to voting twice in the 2016 general election, using two different names.

Vincent Marzello, 65, of Lebanon, was arrested last year and charged with wrongful voting, a felony. Authorities also filed a civil penalty against him Wednesday for obtaining a ballot in someone else’s name. Marzello’s right to vote in New Hampshire was terminated. A phone message seeking comment from his lawyer was left Thursday.

Marzello voted once as himself and once under the name Helen Elisabeth Ashley, authorities said.

Someone by that name had signed up with the New Hampshire Democratic Party to serve as an election inspector. State law allows the two major political parties to appoint two inspectors per polling place who typically help check-in voters and perform other tasks. A party spokesperson said last year it had no prior interaction with Ashley and suspended the appointment after learning of the investigation.

Marzello’s 90-day sentence was suspended for two years and he was required to pay $300 of the $3,000 civil penalty, with the rest of the amount suspended for five years.

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