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Court overturns conviction of man who offered to buy ballots

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The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a self-described "internet troll" who offered to buy blank election ballots before the 2010 general election.

In a political forum on Craigslist, Aaron Hirschman said registered voters could make a "quick and easy $20" by bringing their ballots to a Bend parking lot. He and others would fill in the blanks and submit the ballot.

Craigslist quickly deleted the post and a Bend police officer noticed no suspicious activity at the parking lot.

Authorities traced the post to Hirschman and he was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of offering to purchase ballots.

In siding with Hirschman, the Appeals Court said Thursday that no matter how much one might want to reduce cynicism about elections, the Legislature can't accomplish the goal by suppressing expression.

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