Minn. teen charged with offering his vote on eBay

Nightsurfer

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I came across while reading a local paper on line. and I thought you all might get a kick out of this.

Hopefully he can get a judge that can take a joke.


The Associated Press Weird News Wire "Myrtle Beach" NC

MINNEAPOLIS --A college student claimed it was all a joke when he put his vote in this fall's presidential election up for sale on the Web auction site eBay. But prosecutors didn't see the humor.

University of Minnesota student Max P. Sanders, 19, was charged with a felony Thursday in Hennepin County District Court after allegedly asking for a minimum of $10 in exchange for voting for the bidder's preferred candidate.

"Good luck!" Sanders wrote under the eBay handle zepdrummer612. "You're (sic) country depends on You!"

Sanders was charged with one count of bribery, treating and soliciting under an 1893 state law that makes it a crime to offer to buy or sell a vote.

According to a criminal complaint, the Minnesota secretary of state's office learned about the offering on the Web site and told prosecutors. Investigators sent a subpoena to eBay and got information that led to Sanders.

The student told investigators he made the eBay posting, adding, "That was a joke. It's no longer listed," according to the complaint.

"We take it very seriously. Fundamentally, we believe it is wrong to sell your vote," said John Aiken, a spokesman for the office. "There are people that have died for this country for our right to vote, and to take something that lightly, to say, 'I can be bought.'

"It's a real shame," he said. "I can imagine the conversations being held in American Legion Clubs and VFWs about whether this is a joke or not."

The scarcely used law had its heyday in the 1920s, when many people sold their votes in exchange for liquor, Assistant County Attorney Pat Diamond said.

"There are two things going on here in terms of why it's a crime," he said. "One is the notion that elections should be a contest of ideas and not of pocketbooks - at least not in the sense of straight-out 'I can buy your vote.' The second notion is that everybody gets one vote, and you don't get to buy another one."

Sanders and his attorney, Steven Levine, declined to comment Thursday. The charge carries up to five years' imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

As for the offer on eBay? It got no bids.
I'm surprised that someone didn't do this back in the eBay crazy auction days.
 
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As for the offer on eBay? It got no bids.
LMAO - even regular folk don't want to waste their money on a vote.

Pretty funny this was the first time somebody joked about selling their vote on eBay?
 

Merc

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5 years for this? Wow. So much for disgression.

I love how they tried to guilt him with the whole veteran thing.
 

Merc

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Thats got to be one of the most retarded things I have heard on both ends of it, the law and the kid.
Not entirely. The law itself is just fine, but targeting and taking this kid seriously is the real idiotic part of the whole thing. Yes buying votes is wrong and should remain a heavily punishable offense, but is it really necessary to subject this kid to prison?
 

Nightsurfer

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I think they are going a bit overboard and the judge is itching to make an example out of him.

Funny and sad at the same time. I am so surprised that this didn't happen 4 years ago in the big eBay silly auctions craze.

The kid better get a good lawyer and fight it and keep his butt out of prison.
 

Dragon

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Come on, he was trying to get his first positive feedback. I think making him spend time with the veterans is the right punishment. If he does go to jail, I'm pretty sure he might be auctioning off his jail cell.
 

Merc

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The terrible part is, that if this kid goes to prison, he'll probably return a criminal or mentally crippled. Prisons don't teach people lessons, they break them.
 

KiethBlackLion

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Ironic, it's against the law for him to sell his vote but yet politicians buy and sell votes all the time.

I agree that prison is a bit harsh in this particular case. He's a young college student and just did an idiotic thing.