More election fraud: Florida men admit voting twice in 2020

Both faced 5 years in prison. Should they violate their agreements, the third-degree felony charges will return.

Updated: April 15, 2022 - 11:59pm

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Two Florida men have avoided criminal charges and potential jail time by admitting to voting twice in the 2020 elections and enrolling in a pretrial diversion program.

According to The Hill newspaper, Charles Barnes and Jay Ketcik eachu signed a contract to avoid charges in which they admitted their guilt and agreed to pay fines and perform community service.

WKMG-TV reports the pair must also attend a 12-week civics class and pass with at least a C, under the terms of the deal. 

Both faced 5 years in prison. Should they violate their agreements, the third-degree felony charges will return.

“For the purpose of this Program, the Defendant admits to his guilt of the crime for which he is charged, said admission can be used against him in the event of further prosecution. The Parties agree that the first step in rehabilitation is to the admission of his wrongdoing," the deal states.

WKMG noted that Ketcik was a registered Republican at the time of the election while Barnes did not belong to either of the major parties. It remains unclear for whom either defendant voted

Barnes told investigators he “wanted to see if he could vote twice," the outlet noted.

Ketcik insisted his offense was an accident.

“I did not willfully vote twice in the same election,” he said. “My intent was to be a Florida resident and vote in Florida. I had no intention of voting in Michigan.”

Then-President Donald Trump won Florida during the 2020 election.

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