Man gets 61 days for voter fraud

A signature gatherer has been convicted of felony voter-registration fraud for signing up people who were ineligible to vote in Orange County, authorities said Wednesday.

Don Cornell Williams was sentenced to 61 days in jail and three years' probation, Secretary of State Debra Bowen said. Williams is prohibited from participating in any voter-registration activities while on probation.

The Sacramento-based signature gatherer, apparently motivated by a $10 fee for each new registered voter, pleaded guilty in Orange County Superior Court to improperly registering two teenagers not yet old enough to vote and a noncitizen ineligible to vote.

-- David Haldane

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