N.H. man arrested in vote fraud case; election official's appointment suspended

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CONCORD - The Attorney General's Office announced today that a West Lebanon man has been arrested and charged with wrongful voting for voting twice during the Nov. 8, 2016, General Election.

Vincent Marzello, 65, was charged with a Class B Felony for violating RSA 659:34, I (b) for knowingly voting more than once for an office or measure for voting twice in the city of Lebanon during the 2016 election. According to the AG's Office, he voted once as Vincent Marzello and once as Helen Elisabeth Ashley.

In addition, a civil enforcement action was commenced against Marzello, pursuant to RSA 659:34, I (c), for applying for and obtaining a ballot in a name other than his own during the same election, using the name of Helen Elisabeth Ashley.

The AG has been in communication with the City of Lebanon's election officials regarding the allegations against Marzello, and also learned the New Hampshire Democratic Party had appointed Ashley as an Inspector of Election. In a letter dated last Friday that appointment was suspended immediately.

The investigation into this case was conducted by New Hampshire State Police and is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Nicholas Chong Yen of the Election Law Unit.

The charges and allegations are merely accusations and Marzello is presumed innocent unless and until proved guilty.

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