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Candidate charged with voter fraud drops out

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A woman running for the office of auditor-controller in Alameda County says she is dropping out of the race after being hit with felony voter fraud charges.

The Oakland Tribune reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1t9GM8K ) that 49-year-old Kathleen Knox wrote in an email that she is “officially and respectfully” withdrawing her candidacy. Her name is still on the June 3 ballot.

In her candidacy filings, Knox said she lives in San Leandro, giving the address of the Rose Gate assisted-living facility. Investigators say they believe she lives in Danville, a community in a neighboring county.

Knox has been charged with six felony counts that include voter fraud, the registration of an ineligible voter, perjury by declaration and filing a false declaration of candidacy. She pleaded not guilty May 6.

The auditor-controller oversees county accounting, payroll and tax analysis.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com

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