updated 8/26/2008 6:05:11 PM ET 2008-08-26T22:05:11

A judge has decided that a suburban Seattle woman who registered her Australian shepherd-terrier mix to vote has spent enough time in the legal doghouse.

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Jane Balogh had been charged with making a false statement but entered into a plea agreement last year. A King County judge dismissed the charge Monday after Balogh showed that she had paid $240 in court costs and completed community service.

Balogh said she registered her dog Duncan to protest a loophole in the law that she said makes voter registration so easy a nonexistent person could be added to the voter rolls.

She said she made no secret of her action after the fact, telling a number of elected officials she had registered her dog.

And she said Duncan never voted.

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