Scottsdale woman pleads guilty in voter fraud case for sending in dead mother’s ballot

Feb 1, 2022, 11:17 AM | Updated: 11:18 am
Tracey Kay McKee voter fraud...
Tracey Kay McKee (Photo via Arizona Attorney General's Office)
(Photo via Arizona Attorney General's Office)

PHOENIX – A Scottsdale woman pleaded guilty last week to submitting her dead mother’s ballot in the 2020 general election.

Tracey Kay McKee, 64, admitted to mailing in an early ballot after signing her mother’s name on the envelope, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office said in a press release Tuesday.

McKee’s mother, Mary Arendt, died Oct. 5, 2020, two days before the start of the early voting period.

McKee pleaded guilty to one count of attempted illegal voting, a Class 6 felony that carries a penalty ranging from probation to two years behind bars with a maximum fine of $150,000.

The plea deal calls for probation, with the possibility of a jail term not to exceed 90 days.

McKee also agreed to pay a fine of $1,000, with surcharges that bring the amount to $1,824, and complete at least 100 hours of community restitution while on probation.

The deal, which still needs to be approved by a judge, also says McKee can’t register to vote until completing probation and having the court restore her right to vote.

McKee’s sentencing hearing was set for March 2.

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Scottsdale woman pleads guilty in voter fraud case for sending in dead mother’s ballot