A woman in Cedarburg, Wisconsin has been charged with voter fraud after submitting an absentee ballot on behalf of her deceased life partner, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Christine Daikawa, 48, faces a misdemeanor charge for submitting a false statement to obtain a ballot and a felony charge for impersonating an elector.
Her partner, Elizabeth Larson, requested an absentee ballot in March but died in July. When election workers tried to log her ballot but discovered that Larson was deceased. Her vote was not counted.
The ballot was dated for September 16th with the address listed in nearby Thiensville. Daikawa had signed the ballot as a witness, with investigators discovering her to be Larson's life partner from an obituary.
Daikawa claims that she "didn't mean to" commit voter fraud, but later acknowledged that she did so and was going to jail.
Daikawa is set to appear in court on December 3rd.