Mom & Daughter Duo Face Felony Charges For Rigged Homecoming Queen Vote

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A mother and daughter duo from Florida are each facing three third-degree felonies and one first-degree misdemeanor after being accused of rigging a high school homecoming election. Investigators say 50-year-old Laura Carroll, who is an assistant principal at an elementary school, used her district-level computer log-in to access student accounts and fraudulently cast votes for her 17-year-old daughter Emily Grover to win Homecoming Queen. Grover is accused of using her mom’s log-in to cast fake ballots, too.

The mother was released from jail after posting bond. The daughter is in a juvenile detention center. One parent tells Pensacola, FL news station WEAR-TV, “Everyone wants to win, but you don’t want to win like that. Honestly, in my opinion, that’s pretty ridiculous. I’m not going to lie. ” And another student said, “Why does it matter that you have to win Homecoming? It really doesn’t. Like, if it happens it happens, and if it doesn’t, then, oh well.”

Our question of the night: does the punishment fit the crime?

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