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June 4, 2021: Lora Walters, former Deputy Director of the Cecil County Board of Elections, charged with Misconduct in Office, Perjury, and other offenses.

Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton T. Howard III announced today that charges have been filed in Cecil County, Maryland, against Lora Walters, the former Deputy Director of the Cecil County Board of Elections, for Misconduct in Office, Perjury, False Entry in a Public Record, Altering a Public Record, and Committing Corrupt Acts as an Election Official.

It is alleged that in her capacity as the Deputy Director of the Cecil County Board of Elections, Ms. Walters was responsible for registering local candidates for public office. As part of that process, Ms. Walters was required to collect a financial disclosure form from all prospective candidates. Ms. Walters failed to collect the form from a prospective candidate when the candidate registered to run for office. When the absence of the required financial disclosure came to light, Ms. Walters altered a subsequently provided financial disclosure form to make it appear as though it had been filed eight months prior, at the time it was required. Ms. Walters then provided false testimony regarding her alterations to the form under oath in a civil court proceeding.

“Election officials are expected to discharge their duties with integrity and transparency,” said Howard.  “Our office will investigate and where appropriate prosecute any allegation that an election official corruptly alters a public record and subsequently provides false testimony as to that alteration in a court of law.”

All individuals who are charged with a criminal offense are presumed to be innocent.

A copy of the charging document can be found HERE.