Former Charlotte Mayor Commits Felony: He Voted
Patrick Cannon, as a convicted felon, is not allowed to cast a ballot in NC
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2014 11:07 AM CST
Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon leaves the federal courthouse in Charlotte, NC, on June 3, 2014.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

(Newser) – Patrick Cannon, the former mayor of Charlotte, NC, participated in early voting last week—and he could be headed to prison as a result. The problem? Cannon has been convicted of corruption, a felony, and is already headed to prison on Nov. 18. Under North Carolina law, convicted felons can't vote—and doing so is a felony. When Cannon was sentenced to prison, he was allowed to remain free on bond until the 18th, but casting a ballot could get him sent there immediately. A federal judge will decide today after the 47-year-old explains himself, the Charlotte Observer reports. The County Board of Elections must also decide whether the ballot, which was challenged Tuesday night, should count.