“He Ordered Celebrities’ Absentee Ballots. Now He’s Under Arrest.”

This New York Times article describes a criminal complaint filed in federal district court.  It alleged that a Manhattan resident, Louis Koch, requested absentee ballots in over one hundred people’s names.  They included notable lawyers, politicians, and journalists.  The New York City Board of Elections mailed them to Koch.  He did not cast the ballots but instead collected them as a hobby.  Koch was arrested and charged with identity theft and using false information in voting.  He was released on a $250,000 bond—and on the condition that he refrain from ordering any absentee ballots for himself or others.

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