Troy councilwoman resigns after admitting to role in voter fraud case

A Troy councilwoman has now resigned after pleading guilty to three federal counts of voter fraud.

Kimberly Ashe-McPherson, a Republican, admitted to fraudulently casting an absentee ballot in last year’s primary election and two such ballots in the general election.

McPherson’s name appeared on both ballots.

She admitted to illegally filing absentee ballots in the names of two other voters.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden says this type of behavior by elected officials weakens the public’s trust in the election process.

McPherson faces up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and supervised release of three years once she’s sentenced by a U.S. district judge.

Madden says he already has a replacement in mind – Steve Figueroa – who previously ran for the seat.