Tucson-area man sentenced for voting twice in 2016 election
A Pima County man was sentenced to two years probation in Arizona for voting in both Arizona and Nevada in the 2016 general election. Richard John Greenfield, who was a registered Republican, pleaded guilty to a felony.
Greenfield's right to vote in Arizona has been revoked while on he's on probation, a judge ordered.
Greenfield, an 80-year-old Vail homeowner, pleaded guilty to one felony count of attempted illegal voting. He admitted that he cast a ballot once in Pima County and once in Washoe County, Nev., in 2016. Greenfield was fined $2,500 and must complete 100 hours of community service.
Greenfield has also maintained recent addresses in Reno, Nev.
Greenfield registered as a non-party voter in Pima County on March 9, 2016, according to records provided by the Pima County Recorder's Office. The presidential preference election that year was held March 22; the voter registration deadline was a month before, and "independent" voters were not allowed to take part in the partisan selection.
Greenfield cast ballots in the elections here since, including selecting a Republican ballot in both the 2016 and 2018 primaries. He was enrolled in the permanent early voter list and always voted by mail.
While not a party-registered voter in Arizona, Greenfield was a registered Republican Party member in Nevada, according to documents from that state provided Friday by the Arizona Attorney General's Office. He registered as a GOP member in Washoe County in 2012.
Greenfield's conduct was initially identified and referred to the Attorney General's Office by the Arizona Secretary of State's Office in 2018. The AG's Office prosecuted the case.
Another Tucson man was charged in August with illegally casting two ballots in the 2016 election — once in Pima County and once in that same Nevada county.
Randy Allen Jumper is a longtime Republican who cast his last ballot as an independent. According to the grand jury indictment, Jumper voted in the November 8, 2016, election both here and in Washoe County. He faces two counts of illegal voting and one count of perjury in Pima County Superior Court, each a class 5 felony, after a grand jury handed down an indictment in July.
Jumper pleaded not guilty in an initial appearance last month; he's due back in court at the end of October.
Cases like this "pop up because of our cross-state matching" program that compares voter files between the states, County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez said of the Jumper prosecution in August. Rodriguez said her office informed Arizona state authorities of the case last year.
After the 2016 general election, the Secretary of State's Office sent the entire state voter file to be compared with the voter files of several other states, Chief Deputy County Recorder Chris Roads said. "Not all the states participate in that comparison process but several do," he said.
Arizona has been taking part after every federal general election for a number of years, he said. That comparison includes voter histories and includes a requests to check for individuals who may be registered to vote in more than one state and a comparison of voting histories for the same elections if a person is possibly registered in more than one state.
Those comparisons yielded Greenfield's name, Roads said.
"Prior to that possible match we did not have any information in our records as to where he lived previously or whether he was a registered voter anywhere else. Not every state has the same biographical information in their records so potential matches must be individually reviewed and confirmed," he said.
The potential match was referred to the Attorney General's Office for further investigation, he said.
Update: Due to information provided by the office of Attorney General Mark Brnovich, an earlier version of this story described Greenfield as a registered Republican. Pima County Recorder’s Office records show him as a non-party voter who requested and cast Republican primary ballots here. He did not take part in the primaries of any other Arizona political parties. Nevada voter records show that Greenfield was for years a registered member of the Republican Party in that state..