Sentencing was handed down today in the case of Roger Mills, a constable in Union County’s White Deer Township – District One. Mills was convicted in July of two misdemeanors related to unlawfully allowing someone else to cast his vote and hindering the performance of precinct election officials in doing their duties on November 8, 2016.
Mills was sentenced to 48 hours to 12 months in the Union County jail followed by 12 months of parole. A consecutive sentence of 12 months probation was given for the second count. Because the crime was committed while he served officially as a constable to keep the peace at the polling location, Mills also lost his right to vote for 4 years.
UCRC Chair Carolyn Conner was permitted to make an impact statement on behalf of county Republicans during the sentencing phase during which she pointed out the importance of retaining excellent precinct officials in preserving fair elections and asked the judge to consider the impact of Mr. Mills’ presence as constable on future election days.
During sentencing Judge Sholley spoke eloquently of the right to vote as, “One of the most sacred rights of freedom which sets us apart (from other nations around the world).”
We thank our precinct election board workers in White Deer 1, the Union County Elections staff, the District Attorney’s office, ADA Crossland and others who took this case seriously. Also thank you to precinct workers from across the county who came today and for the two days of trial to show their support for the ladies who testified about the events on November 8, 2016.