Voter fraud: Manchester man loses right to vote after guilty plea in 2014 case

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MANCHESTER, NH — Derek T. Castonguay, 43, of Caron Street in Manchester, pleaded guilty Jan. 15 in the 10th Circuit Court, District Division, Salem, to the charge of voter fraud under to RSA 659:34, I (a).

Castonguay was arrested Nov. 4, 2015 after turning himself in to authorities on a warrant.

An investigation by the Attorney General’s Office revealed that Castonguay tried to register to vote in the town of Salem as a Republican, even though he actually resided in Manchester.

Evidence showed that on November 4, 2014, during the State General Election, while registering to vote in Salem, Castonguay represented his address to be 11 Alfred Drive, Salem, which he knew to be false.

Castonguay had formerly resided at this address but at the time of the election was living in Manchester.

On Friday Castonguay received a 12-month suspended sentence and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus a 24 percent penalty assessment. Having been convicted of a willful violation of a state election law, Castonguay loses his right to vote under the New Hampshire Constitution, Part I, Article 11.

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