Imprisoned ex-Charlotte mayor indicted for illegal vote

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Posted: Feb 03, 2015 3:01 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon has been indicted for election fraud because he cast a vote in the November elections after he had already pleaded guilty to corruption.

Cannon is currently serving more than three years in federal prison. He told a federal judge in November that he didn't realize he was breaking the law when he voted. Convicted felons are not allowed to vote in North Carolina.

Cannon's attorney, James Ferguson, questioned the purpose of Monday's indictment.

Cannon pleaded guilty last fall after prosecutors said he accepted more than $50,000 in bribes from FBI undercover agents.

The possible punishment for a voter fraud conviction wasn't immediately clear Tuesday.