Local Man Charged For Voting In 3 States

Posted at 4:58 PM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 17:58:12-05

A local man, who voted in three different states during the 2012 presidential election, has been charged with voter fraud.

Pasco Parker voted in person at his precinct in Spring Hill. He then mailed in absentee ballots to North Carolina and Florida by changing the last four digits of his social security number.

Local election officials said it's a reminder that people will try to beat the system.

“It something that is very disturbing but it makes us more vigilant to make sure our records are in order, so an individual can't do this at all,” said Chad Gray, Administrator of Elections.

An election watchdog group in North Carolina, the "Voter Integrity Project," had been tracking Parker and helped spearhead the investigation.

Their data shows Parker has voted in multiple states in presidential elections since 2004.

Williamson County Gray testified in Parker's case. He said his office does everything it can to stop fraud.

“We've done a better job in Tennessee in comparing our records to other states, and so that's helpful in getting people off the rolls so they can't vote in more than one jurisdiction in more than one election,” said Gray.

Parker was placed on supervised probation for 24 months. He was ordered to complete 48 hours of community service, and pay about $900 in fine, which is, apparently, is the maximum sentence.