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Charges laid under Yukon Elections Act

Former Whitehorse Centre Liberal Candidate Tamara Goeppel is facing three charges under the Yukon Elections Act. Photo: Tim Kucharuk/CKRW file.

Former Whitehorse Centre Liberal Candidate Tamara Goeppel will appear in territorial court at the end of the month to face three charges with regards to alleged proxy vote wrongdoing.

Charges have been laid under the Elections Act against a former Yukon Liberal Candidate in Whitehorse Centre.

Police say Tamara Goeppel is facing three charges stemming from her alleged use of proxy votes during the 2016 election. 

The investigation was referred to police by Elections Yukon after 10 proxy votes were brought to the attention of election officials. 

During the election, the Liberals issued a statement saying Goeppel's efforts in collecting votes from vulnerable people were well intentioned and genuine.

She faces two counts of aiding or abetting persons in making proxy applications not in accordance with the act, and one count of inducing persons to falsely declare that they would be out of the territory during the hours for fixed voting.

Goeppel will make a first appearance in Yukon Territorial court on February 28th.

She could face up to a $5,000 fine, up to one year in prison, or both. 

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