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No jail for man in voter fraud case
He was given a one- to three-year state prison sentence, suspended for five years on the condition of good behavior. He also must pay a $5,000 fine, plus a 24 percent penalty assessment.
Schneider voted in the Ward 9 polling place in Manchester on Nov. 6, 2012, during the presidential election and also voted there in the 2012 presidential primary election, when he took a Democratic ballot.
Schneider, whose family traces its Manchester roots to the 1800s, said he is a retired freelance writer and a professional Santa Claus. He would not discuss the charges on Monday.
Authorities said someone recognized Schneider and knew he had moved away from Manchester more than 20 years ago. The city clerk’s office provided investigators with documentation showing he was registered to vote in Ward 9 and that his name was crossed on the voter checklist on Election Day. He was registered as a Democrat, LaBonte said.
“If somebody really wants to, they can try,” Pilotte said. “They may get away with it. They may not.”
LaBonte said he does not know who Schneider voted for and said that would be personal information and something not relative to the conviction.
Union Leader Staff Writer Mark Hayward contributed to this article.
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