Ex-Charlotte mayor to go before judge after vote

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 3, 2014, file photo, former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, center, walks past the media as he leaves the federal courthouse in Charlotte, N.C. Cannon is scheduled to be sentenced, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in a federal corruption case, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The former mayor of North Carolina’s largest city is scheduled to appear before a federal judge after elections records show he voted in the midterm election despite being a convicted felon who was prohibited from casting a ballot.

The Charlotte Observer reports former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon returns to federal court on Thursday to explain to U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney why he voted. Whitney could decide to send Cannon to jail ahead of his Nov. 18 report date.

Under North Carolina law, a convicted felon loses the right to vote. Casting a ballot means Cannon potentially committed another felony.

In October, Whitney sentenced Cannon to 44 months in prison for taking bribes from undercover federal agents he thought were developers seeking to fast-track projects.

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