Special to The Hays Daily News

Randall L. Kilian was found guilty of voting without being qualified — a Class A nonperson misdemeanor — on Thursday in Ellis County District Court.

In the 2012 general election, Kilian cast his ballot without being lawfully registered to vote in the state of Kansas. The act was part of a scheme of double voting in two states during the same election. In exchange for his plea, the state agreed to dismiss counts of voting without being qualified and advance voting unlawful acts — a Class C nonperson misdemeanor.

Kilian was ordered to pay a fine of $2,500, the maximum fine for a Class A misdemeanor.

“By voting unlawfully in the 2012 election, Mr. Kilian effectively canceled out the vote of a legitimate Kansas voter,” Secretary of State Kris Kobach said in a release. “The heavy fine of $2,500 shows how seriously we take voter fraud in Kansas. Prosecuting these crimes sends the message to Kansas citizens that their vote absolutely matters and will be protected. It also sends the message to others contemplating double voting that in Kansas you will be caught, and the penalty will be severe.”