Two residents of Trump-loving retirement community plead guilty to 2020 voter fraud – Rolling Stone
two residents of Florida retirement community The Villages has pleaded guilty to voting more than once in the 2020 presidential election, multiple news outlets reported Wednesday.
Charles Barnes, 64, and Jay Ketcik, 63, could face five years in prison for third-degree felonies, but will avoid jail time as long as they participate in 50 hours of community service and complete a three-year civics course months, among other requirements set forth by the state’s attorney.
“If you comply with these conditions during the Deferred Prosecution Period, no criminal prosecution will proceed in this county with respect to this charge,” State Attorney Bill Gladson wrote. “If the defendant violates the terms of this agreement and this matter is returned to the docket, this document will be admissible as an admission of guilt.”
Barnes has no listed party affiliation and an arrest warrant indicates he had an address in Connecticut. Ketcik is a registered Republican who made several Facebook posts in support of former President Donald Trump, Orlando CBS affiliate News 6 reported at the time of his arrest. He admitted to voting by mail in Florida as well as by mail in Michigan.
The Villages is a well-known hotbed of MAGA activism that has been visited by former President Trump, as well as Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene, who held a seemingly ‘noisy’ rally there last year. Ketcik was one of three Villages residents, along with Joan Halstead and John Rider, who were arrested for double voting in December. Halstead is also a registered Republican and is accused of voting in Florida and being absent in New York. Ketcik, Halstead and Rider all voiced support for had all voiced support for Trump. They were released after posting $2,000 bail to avoid jail time. Barnes was also arrested over the winter.
Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee said her office referred 75 voter fraud complaints about the 2020 election to law enforcement.
News of the Villages voter fraud comes the same day that Citizens of Asheville Time reported that the state of North Carolina removed former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows from its electoral rolls. Meadows is being investigated for voter fraud and is believed to have been registered in Virginia and North Carolina at the same time, with his North Carolina registration tied to a mobile home in the middle of nowhere where he doesn’t appear to have never lived.
If voter fraud is indeed a significant problem in America, it seems that Trump-loving conservatives are solely to blame.