Sallisaw woman facing voter fraud charges
A Sallisaw woman was arrested recently for voting illegally twice in Sequoyah County.
Tera Beth Long, 36, of Sallisaw, faces one count of false affidavit in voting registration and one count of voting illegally. Both are considered felonies and punishable by a total imprisonment of up to 10 years and fines of up to $100,000 if convicted for both counts, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Dec. 12 by Sequoyah County District Attorney Jack Thorp.
According to the document, Long is alleged to have voted illegally during the 2016 and 2018 elections.
Sequoyah County Investigator Christian Goode, the investigating officer in the case, reported he received information from the sheriff's office regarding some questionable background on Long.
“Long plead guilty on Oct. 3, 2012, to embezzlement, a felony. Mrs. Long was sentenced to five years under supervision by the Osage County District Attorney's office. The judgement and sentence shows the sentencing to be a five-year-suspended sentence,” Goode reported.
“I received from the Sequoyah County Election Board a copy of a page in the book where Tera Long signed by her name in the 2018 general election. I received a copy of Tera Beth Long's details page which has her voter identification number, political affiliation, her districts, polling place information and her voting history,” Goode wrote in his report.
Goode reported that according to the information received from the county election board, Tera Long registered to vote on Oct. 5, 2016 (shown on the voter registration). Also shown on the voter details form, Long voted in person on Nov. 8, 2016 General Election and June 26, 2018 Primary Election.
“On the Voter Registration card, Tera Long signed swearing or affirming that she had 'not been convicted of a felony, or 'If I have been convicted of a felony, a period of time equal to the original sentence has expired, or I have been pardoned,' The last line before signing the card states, 'The information I have given is true. I reside at the address given. I understand that submitting false information on this form is a felony punishable by not more than five years in prison, by a fine of not more than $50,000 or both,'” Goode said.
According to the report, during an interview, Long said she never had a probation officer and never spoke with anyone after she paid all her court fees, DA supervision fees and restitution. She also said she believed if she was not allowed to vote, she would not have received her voter card.
Long said the 2016 election was her first time to ever vote in an election. She also said she spoke with an attorney before voting in the 2018 elections and the attorney advised her she was legal to vote.