Judge fines 4 election workers for false voting Employees live in suburbs, cast ballots in Baltimore

March 06, 1996|By Joan Jacobson | Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF

As skeptical Republican leaders watched, four Baltimore election board employees who live in the suburbs were fined yesterday in District Court for illegally voting in the city.

The employees, fined $100 to $150 each, also were given probation before judgment after they admitted to false voting in the November 1994 gubernatorial election.

The false-voting charges by the state prosecutor's office grew from an investigation of voting irregularities alleged by Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey, who lost a close election to Gov. Parris N. Glendening in 1994.

Several Republican leaders attended the city hearing, including Christopher West, executive director of the state Republican Party. Les Kinsolving, the conservative radio talk show personality, sat in the front row taking notes.

Prosecutor A. Thomas Krehely Jr. told Judge Norman E. Johnson Jr. that the charges of false voting "had nothing to do with any criminal conspiracy concerning the outcome of the gubernatorial election."

The employees illegally voted in the city to avoid discovery by their supervisors that they were violating a requirement that they live in the jurisdiction where they work, Mr. Krehely said after the hearing.

Three of the employees live in Baltimore County. The fourth lives in Anne Arundel County.

The elections board has given the employees until the end of the year to move into the city or resign.

Despite the prosecutor's assertion that no Democratic conspiracy existed to keep Mrs. Sauerbrey out of office, the Republican Party immediately demanded the resignation of Barbara E. Jackson, the election board administrator.

Her staff "is riddled with incompetence and mismanagement and has been staffed through nepotism," said a statement by Joyce Lyons Terhes, chairwoman of the state Republican Party. Ms. Jackson declined to comment yesterday.

Her son, Christopher Jackson, also works for the election board and is charged with false voting. His case and two others were postponed yesterday so lawyers could have more time to prepare.

The four fined yesterday went on trial without attorneys.

Judge Johnson gave probation before judgment to Hakima Shaulis, Terri Marciszewski, Joseph Pizza and Marie Rogers, who is the sister of Gene Raynor, state elections administrator.

Mr. Pizza was fined $100. The others received fines of $150 each.

Mr. Krehely recommended no jail time for the four because they had no previous criminal records.

Pub Date: 3/06/96

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