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Family calls voter fraud charges against Bartlett woman "ludicrous"

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - News that 69-year-old art teacher Anne Enochs was behind bars on voter fraud charges stunned her family.

"This is the last thing on Earth I would have expected," said her son, Scott Enochs.  "It's ludicrous to me."

He recalled a phone conversation with his sister Thursday.

"Said 'I was just calling cause our mother's in jail,'" Enochs recalls.  "And I said 'what?'"

According to a grand jury indictment, Anne Enochs violated the law by voting more than once in the August 3, 2006 midterm election.

Her son said his mother may have had reason to believe there was a computer glitch in the early voting.           

He believes she voted a second time on the actual election day.

"Based on what I understand," said Enochs, "it was an honest mistake."

But Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Bill Giannini believes what may have been a mistake is still a crime.

"It's unfortunate for anyone who gets caught in this," said Giannini, "but I think it's important for the public to realize it's a serious, serious matter."

The DA's office offered no details about why it took four years to indict Enochs or the possible penalties.

"I don't understand why he's spending taxpayer money on something like this when there's murderers, rapists, and drug dealers he could go after," said Scott

He said his mother is too upset to talk about the charges and may never vote again.

Initially, it was reported Enochs voted twice in the 2008 presidential election.

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