Bob Filner votes for his replacement in San Diego special mayoral election

Former mayor and convicted felon mailed in ballot

SAN DIEGO - Former San Diego mayor and convicted felon Bob Filner has cast his vote for mayor in the special mayoral election.

A screenshot obtained by Team 10 of Filner's voter registration information shows he was sent a ballot on Oct. 18, 2013, and returned it on Oct. 29, 2013. The San Diego County Registrar of Voters confirmed this information.

On Oct. 15, 2013, Filner pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning a woman while serving as mayor -- a felony -- and two misdemeanor charges.

After that court appearance, Filner's lawyer, Jerry Coughlan, addressed the media and was asked if Filner would lose his right to vote.

"Yes, for a period," Coughlan said. "A period of probation is my understanding."

Filner's plea agreement involves three years probation, three months house arrest, a felony conviction and a ban on his ability to run for public office in the future. The plea does not mention Filner's voting rights.

Media outlets widely reported Filner will not be able to vote while on probation. Based on those reports and Coughlan's statements, Team 10 began investigating why Filner cast his vote.

According to California law, "A person entitled to register to vote shall be a United States citizen, a resident of California, not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and at least 18 years of age."

The state Attorney General who prosecuted Filner's case confirmed Thursday that Bob Filner can vote, including for the person to fill the office he resigned.

Filner resigned in August amid scandals including his treatment of women and his spending of public money on city credit cards.

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