On election day, a man from New Hampshire submitted a phony Craigslist ad for a free trailer and a candidate’s phone number, claiming it was a joke. He has since lost his right to vote in the state.
Following an onslaught of obnoxious calls and texts that clogged the candidate’s mobile, Merrimack resident Michael Drouin, 30, entered a guilty plea on Monday to fabricating a fake document.
Even though it’s only a misdemeanor, Drouin is still denied his rights.
A person found guilty of intentionally breaking one of New Hampshire’s election regulations forfeits their right to vote there. In addition, his plea deal included a 250-dollar fine, a 90-day jail term with credit for time served, and 250 hours of community service.
To succeed Republican New Hampshire House Speaker Dick Hinch, who passed away from COVID-19 in December 2020, a special election was held in April 2021.
On election morning, Bill Boyd, a Republican who ultimately won, shut off his phone after receiving more than 37 calls or texts in just 45 minutes.
The New Hampshire Republican Party’s executive director had complained that day.
Boyd said in court that having his phone on and off caused him distress, according to WMUR-TV.
According to an affidavit, Drouin told police, “It was a joke; I meant no harm,” when he was a registered Democrat and had cast his ballot.
He claimed he didn’t know why he had.
Boyd informed the detectives that he was acquainted with Drouin via neighborhood associations and that he had sent him a Facebook friend request.
Boyd reported that Drouin sent him a message apologizing for playing a practical joke on him, stating it was the wrong time to do it, and offering to take him out to lunch as restitution.
“I’d like to atone. In court on Monday, Drouin stated, “I’m sorry.
Drouin was first accused of interfering with electoral communications, a felony.