Ann Coulter Says She Won't Cooperate in Voting Probe

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  1. Ann Coulter Says She Won't Cooperate in Voting Probe

    Published: November 01, 2006 5:00 PM ET

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Conservative columnist Ann Coulter has refused to cooperate in an investigation into whether she voted in the wrong precinct, so the case will probably be turned over to prosecutors, Palm Beach County's elections chief said Wednesday.

    Knowingly voting in the wrong precinct is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

    Elections Supervisor Arthur Anderson said his office has been looking into the matter for nearly nine months, and he would turn over the case to the state attorney's office by Friday.

    Anderson added that Coulter, since the allegations surfaced, made "efforts to distract and divert focus on the process regarding this complaint. ... I did express my frustration to the state attorney in a recent meeting and warned him I may need his services," according to an article in the Palm Beach Post.

    But Anderson said Coulter's voting rights would not be rescinded for next week's election.

    Coulter's TV comments and newspaper columns routinely spark outrage, an effect that she cultivates. The columnist has bashed widows of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack victims as pro-Democrat propagandists, and has repeatedly ridiculed Islam and Muslims.

    Coulter's attorney did not immediately return a call Wednesday. Nor did her publicist at her publisher, Crown Publishing.

    Anderson's office received a complaint in February that Coulter voted in the wrong precinct during a Feb. 7 Palm Beach town council election.

    Anderson, a Democrat, said a letter was sent to Coulter on March 27 requesting that she clarify her address for the voting records "or face the possibility of her voter registration being rescinded." Three more letters were sent to Coulter and her attorney, but she has yet to respond with the information requested, Anderson said.

    In July, Anderson said, he received a letter from Coulter's attorney, Marcos Daniel Jimenez D'Clouet. The letter said the attorney would only discuss the matter in person or by telephone because, he complained, Anderson had given details to the media. Anderson said the matter had to be discussed in writing.