A Le Sueur couple who reportedly deceived elections judges about where they were living in order to cast ballots in March’s St. Peter Schools bond referendum are facing charges of voter fraud.
Ronald Franklin Schaffler, 66, and Barbara Ann Schaffler, 63, were charged May 4 with one count each of felony violation of voter registration.
According to court documents, the Schafflers told election judges March 10 that they were planning to live at their Lake Washington property. The move, the two judges working the polls told investigators, allowed the Scafflers to vote that day.
The Schafflers told a different story to investigators, saying they were clear with election judges that their permanent residence was in Le Sueur, yet because they owned a cabin in the St. Peter School District they were told they were able to vote in the city of Kasota precinct.
A first appearance for both is scheduled for June 16.
In other reports:
• Jacob Nicholas Vohs, 24, of Montgomery, was charged with fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia after an April 29 traffic stop.
Vohs was pulled over after a Le Sueur County sheriff’s deputy reportedly discovered there was an outstanding warrant on Vohs. The officer noticed Vohs was shaking, but passed field sobriety tests, according to a criminal complaint filed in Le Sueur County court. A glass pipe reportedly containing methamphetamine residue was found in Vohs’ pants pocket.
Vohs’s first appearance is set for June 16.
• Ryan Kenneth Larson, 18, of Montgomery, has been charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct after reportedly having sex with a minor more than 24 months younger than the defendant.
Both the victim and Larson told investigators the sex was consensual.
He’s set to appear in court on June 16.