Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Dai Thao, age 42 of St. Paul, has been charged* with one count each of Unlawfully Marking a Ballot (gross misdemeanor); Misconduct in and Near Polling Places (petty misdemeanor); and Unlawful Assisting a Voter (petty misdemeanor) in connection with approaching a voter and marking a ballot of another person in the November election in St. Paul. At the time Thao was a candidate for the position of mayor of Saint Paul. (Backstrom said that his office is handling this matter on behalf of the Saint Paul City Attorney and all court proceedings will be held in Ramsey County District Court.)
The criminal complaint alleges that on November 6, 2017, at a St. Paul polling place, an election judge observed Thao enter a voting booth with a voter and assisted the voter in filling out the ballot. The incident was reported to the Ramsey County Elections Manager, who filed a complaint with the St. Paul Police Department who turned this case to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office for investigation.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaints which are located online at: Criminal Complaint Search.
Thao was charged by summons and his initial court appearance will be scheduled by Ramsey County District Court.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.