Voter Fraud in the US: Documented:
October 28, 1986: Voter Fraud & Voter Registration Fraud in South Philadelphia
A 63-count federal grand jury indictment charging City Councilman Leland M. Beloff, his wife and two Democratic committee people with vote fraud marks the third time in 22 years that South Philadelphia's Ward 39B has been the subject of ballot irregularity investigations. It also marks the second time Beloff – Democratic leader of Ward 39B – has been charged with vote fraud.
The indictment, released today, includes charges of criminal conspiracy, giving false information on voter registration and balloting materials, and voting more than once. Beloff, 44, is charged with 14 counts of vote fraud, and his wife, Diane, 28, with four counts. (Source)
November 5, 1986: Voter Fraud & Voter Registration Fraud in South Philadelphia
Margie Giordano Coyle, a veteran Democratic committeewoman in South Philadelphia, has agreed to plead guilty today in federal court to vote fraud charges stemming from the 1984 general election, the Daily News has learned.
Coyle, 55, involved in South Philadelphia ward politics for 30 years, was indicted on the vote fraud charges last week, along with City Councilman Leland Beloff; his wife, Diane; and a committeeman. All were charged with conspiring to commit vote fraud during the general election [of] Nov. 6, 1984, by submitting forged absentee ballots "to secure the election" of their candidates.
Coyle, a committeewoman in the ward's 11th Division, also was charged in a separate count with voting more than once in the 1984 election. (Source)
August 15, 1987: Voter Fraud & Voter-Registration Fraud in South Philadelphia
Charles Pollan, a Democratic committeeman from South Philadelphia, once confided in a friend that one didn't win elections "by being honest." But Pollan's longtime political practice had a downside, one that landed him yesterday in a federal courtroom where he pleaded guilty to conspiring with ex-City Councilman Leland Beloff and others to commit vote fraud in 1984.
Beloff, sentenced last week to a 10-year prison term for extortion, and his wife, Diane, are scheduled to go on trial Monday before U.S. District Judge Thomas N. O'Neill Jr. on the vote fraud charges. (Source)
April 22, 1988: Voter Fraud & Voter Registration Fraud in South Philadelphia
Former Democratic City Councilman Leland M. Beloff will write yet another sorry chapter in the annals of South Philadelphia politics today when he pleads guilty and is sentenced in federal court for vote fraud. Beloff, 45, has agreed to admit involvement in a scheme to forge dozens of absentee ballots during the 1984 general election, said his attorney, Robert F. Simone. (Source)
1993: The “Motor Voter” Law Encourages Voter Fraud
In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA, also known as the Motor Voter Law). The driving forces behind getting this legislation passed were the socialists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. At the time, Cloward stated, “It's better to have a little bit of fraud than to leave people off the rolls who belong there.” (Source)
The NVRA requires each U.S. state to provide people with an opportunity to submit voter-registration applications for federal elections by: (a) registering to vote at the same time that they apply for, or seek to renew, a driver's license (hence the name “motor voter”); (b) submitting their voter-registration applications by mail, using forms developed jointly by each state and the Election Assistance Commission; and (c) requiring states to offer voter-registration opportunities at all offices that provide public assistance of any kind.
The NVRA explicitly requires each state to keep its voter-registration rolls accurate and current—and to remove voters' names from those lists when they (the voters) have either been convicted of a disqualifying crime, been adjudged mentally incapacitated, moved to another state, or died. But in practice, the lists contain many names of people who are legally ineligible to vote and who are simply fictitious. Such abuses occur because under the Act's provisions: (a) when people register by mail they are not required to provide any form of identification; (b) when people register in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles or a Social Services office, the government workers who handle their cases are not permitted to challenge their applications; and (c) the NVRA makes it quite difficult to purge "deadwood" voters (those who have died or moved away) from the rolls.
February 14, 1996: Voter Fraud in Philadelphia
The election forms for one potential voter said she had a “heart condition.'' She didn't. The form for another said she had to use an absentee ballot because of her ``high-risk pregnancy.'' Trouble was, she wasn't pregnant. Sound familiar? The bag of hustles and tricks used to steal an election in Philadelphia [Pennsylvania] three years ago yawned open again yesterday as one of the participants in that theft stood before a judge for sentencing. And after being tongue-lashed by a prosecutor and more gently criticized by the judge, the defendant, Craig Cummons, 42, was placed on one year's probation for his crimes in the infamous, fraud-soaked 1993 state Senate election in Philadelphia. (Source)
1997: Voter Fraud in Miami
The mayoral election in Miami in 1997 was nullified by a judge because of widespread fraud, including a number of established cases of fraudulent votes cast in the name of dead people. (Source)
February 21, 1997: Voter Fraud in Georgia
A federal grand jury has indicted 21 Dodge County residents in what is being called one of the largest vote-buying scandals in Georgia history. The 21 were charged in connection with two conspiracies to buy or offer to buy votes, usually for between $20 and $60, during last year's July 9 primary … In all, 124 counts of federal election law violations are alleged in the indictment....
The judges who heard the case found votes had been cast by the same person more than once, by at least three dozen convicted felons and in the name of at least one dead person. The judges found 65 people who were helped in voting marked their oaths with an “X” but then wrote their names on voter certificates, which suggests the names were forged. (Source)
March 4, 1998: Voter Fraud in Miami
A judge has overturned last fall's election of Xavier Suarez as Miami's [Florida] Mayor because of evidence of absentee ballot fraud. A new election has been ordered held within 60 days, but it's unclear who will run the city until then.
Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson's decision is the result of last month['s] trial of a lawsuit brought by former Mayor Joe Carollo, who lost to Suarez in a Nov. 13, 1997 runoff election. "The evidence presented in the case clearly demonstrated fraud and abuse of the absentee ballot laws," the judge wrote. (Source)
March 14, 1998: Voter Fraud in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Rio Arriba County [New Mexico] Clerk David Chavez and his chief deputy could be fined and sentenced to prison if they are found guilty of unlawfully opening a ballot box. Jurors deliberated here Friday after hearing two days of trial in Tierra Amarilla.
Chavez also faced a charge of falsifying election documents for allegedly sending a certified voter list to Espanola in 1996 that contained names of people who didn't live in the city. The charges, all fourth-degree felonies, each carry a maximum penalty of a $5,000 fine and 18 months in prison.
Chavez and his chief deputy, Vicky Martinez, were among 19 Rio Arriba County residents indicted last June 27 on charges ranging from voting illegally to ballot-box tampering to falsifying election documents.
Most of the 45 charges involved voting by nonresidents in a municipal election. Voting fraud also was alleged in a few instances in the June 1996 primary and in a school board election. (Source)
August 28, 1998: Voter Fraud in Miami
A former Miami City [Florida] Commissioner, Humberto E. Hernandez,… has been in Federal custody since late May, when state prosecutors charged him in an investigation of vote fraud in last November's citywide elections. On Aug. 14, a jury acquitted him on charges of obstructing justice and fabricating evidence, but convicted him on a lesser count of being an accessory to covering up evidence of fraud. Three days after he was convicted, Mr. Hernandez was officially removed from the Miami City Commission by Gov. Lawton Chiles. (Source)
May 22, 1999: Voter Fraud in Pennsylvania
A Fayette County [Pennsylvania] vote fraud investigation that has snared a former Congressman got started when a minor township official questioned absentee ballots.
Usually eight to 10 absentee ballots were cast in Sondra Cesarino's precinct in Wharton. But in the November 1995 election, she noticed more than 70 names on the list of absentee voters, and she recognized some as residents of the Bouras Personal Care Home, where her mother, Maetha Guthrie, was briefly a patient in 1991. "I knew some of those people weren't capable of voting," Cesarino said. "I just knew something was wrong."
A year and a half later, after the May 1997 primary election, Cesarino challenged nine absentee ballots. Her action caught the attention of Fayette County Commissioner Sean Cavanaugh, who pressed for an investigation.
Two months ago, District Attorney Peter Hook convened a grand jury, and on Thursday charges were filed. Former U.S. Rep. Austin J. Murphy of Farmington was accused of forgery, conspiracy and tampering with public records. Also charged were Peggy Bouras, operator of the nursing home, and Shirley Hughes, township tax collector.
According to the grand jury report, they forged absentee ballots for residents of the nursing home and then wrote in Murphy's wife, Eileen, for township election judge, a job that pays $60. She won the election but declined to take the position, Cavanaugh said.
But Cavanaugh and others said the vote fraud scheme went way beyond one election and one nursing home. The grand jury is still meeting, and Assistant Prosecutor Jack Heneks Jr. has said more charges could be filed. (Source)
July 7, 2000: Voter Fraud in Florida
Gov. Jeb Bush formally removed Hialeah Gardens [Florida] Mayor Gilda Oliveros on Thursday after a jury convicted her last week for plotting to kill her husband and committing voter fraud.
During a 1997 voter fraud investigation, agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stumbled into a plot where Oliveros had asked two city employees to kill her then-husband, Angel Ramos, in order to cash in a $45,000 insurance policy. Oliveros was convicted last Friday of five counts, including solicitation to commit murder. Bush had already suspended her from office in December. (Source)
November 4, 2000: Voter Fraud in Wyoming
Rep. Carolyn Paseneaux, R-Casper [Wyoming], was arrested Wednesday on two felony counts of voter fraud for allegedly listing an old address while voting in the August primary. Paseneaux appeared before Natrona County Circuit Judge Michael Huber on a count of false swearing and a count of false voting. She was released on a personal recognizance bond, which would require her to pay $2,500 if she violates the terms of her release. (Source)
June 15, 2001: Voter Fraud in New York
From the start, there was nothing ordinary about the case of John Kennedy O'Hara. He was … prosecuted for lying about his voting address. The Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, took Mr. O'Hara's case to trial not once but three times, for offenses that are usually handled as civil cases or ignored entirely.
Today, a divided Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, upheld the 1997 convictions of Mr. O'Hara, a former lawyer, on seven felony counts, ending what the court acknowledged was one of the oddest criminal cases it had seen. Five judges ruled that Mr. O'Hara had simply lied about where he lived, but two others accepted his argument that he was held to a contradictory legal standard that ran counter to recent court rulings. Mr. Hynes said, ''The court has sent a clear and unequivocal message that one cannot defraud the voters of Kings County.''
Mr. O'Hara was sentenced to 1,500 hours of community service, of which he still owes 1,000, and was fined $20,000. He said he has been unable to pay the fine, which has accrued interest during four years of appeals. If he does not pay, he will be subject to resentencing, which could mean prison time. (Source)
August 16, 2002: Voter Fraud in Alabama
Some Bullock County [Alabama] residents want Attorney General Bill Pryor and his election opponent Boyd Whigham to investigate alleged absentee ballot voter fraud in the June 4 primary and runoff, the New York Times Regional Newspapers has learned.
Pryor and Whigham, the Democratic attorney general nominee who also is the Bullock County district attorney, acknowledged receiving information about allegations of voter fraud in the heavily Democratic county, where a former probate judge said the use of fraudulent ballots is a finely honed tradition.
"They feel they're invincible," former three-term Bullock County Probate Judge Rufus Huffman on Friday said of so-called absentee ballot queens. (Source)
September 25, 2002: Voter Fraud in Louisiana
Two Marksville [Louisiana] men convicted of voter fraud in the mayoral election have been fined and placed on probation. The sentences for Lincoln Carmouche, 66, and Larry Dauzat, 48, were handed down Tuesday by 12th Judicial District Judge Billy Bennett.
Both defendants supported incumbent [Democrat] Mayor Richard Michel in the election last spring. Michel was re-elected, defeating John Ed Laborde. Both defendants were convicted in separate bench trials by Bennett. Dauzat was found guilty of offering to buy a vote; Carmouche, of bribing a voter. (Source)
January 2, 2003: Voter-Registration Fraud in South Dakota
The woman at the center of South Dakota's voter fraud investigation could spend 95 years in prison if convicted on all charges. Becky Red-Earth Villeda made her first court appearance this morning. Becky Red-Earth Villeda is charged with 19 counts of forging absentee ballot applications. Each charge carries up to a five-year sentence and a 5,000 dollar fine.... [T]he people whose names appear on these absentee voter applications … say Red-Earth Villeda forged their signatures last year while she was registering Native Americans to vote.
The Democratic Party paid her two dollars for every absentee voter application she collected, but fired her after the questionable applications were discovered. By the time the investigation was over, 277 people told the state their signatures were fake, charges Red Earth denies. (Source)
July 24, 2003: Voter Fraud in Indiana
Glenn Pitts testified that his precinct committeeman offered $30 to obtain his absentee ballot [in the East Chicago, Indiana mayoral race], and then failed to pay. (Source)
August 1, 2003: Voter Fraud in indiana
A Highland resident for the past two years, Florentino Guillen says he had no interest in the race for Mayor in East Chicago [Indiana]. But his apathetic view and Highland address didn't stop Guillen, a custodian for the School City of East Chicago, from applying for an absentee ballot to vote in the May 6 primary in East Chicago and casting that vote.
The 50-year-old Guillen admitted in court Thursday to listing on the application the address of his cousin, East Chicago committeeman for Precinct 2-2 Ray Guillen, who lives in the 4800 block of Wegg Street in East Chicago.
Ray Guillen is a major supporter of East Chicago [Democrat] Mayor Robert Pastrick, who won the primary over challengers George Pabey and Lonnie Randolph. (Source)
August 12, 2003: Voter Fraud in Connecticut
Former Hartford [Connecticut] state Rep. Barnaby Horton [a Democrat] was arrested Monday and charged with seven counts of absentee ballot fraud – all felonies – in connection with his unsuccessful Democratic primary battle last fall against Kenneth R. Green.
The violations allegedly occurred at the Betty Knox apartment complex on Woodland Street in Hartford, where one resident, Silas Woodward, told investigators Horton sat at his kitchen table as Woodward completed the ballot, and pointed to his own name and that of state Sen. Eric Coleman, another Hartford Democrat, as the boxes to check.
“Against his wishes, Woodward checked the box, thereby casting a vote for Horton,”' the arrest warrant affidavit states. “Woodward stated he felt compelled to vote for Horton because of Horton's presence while Woodward completed the ballot.” … The arrest warrant affidavit alleges that not only did Horton leave the complex with ballots, but also brought along postage stamps and affixed them to the envelopes. (Source)
March 16, 2004: Voter Fraud in Kentucky
Assistant Attorney General Christopher A. Wray of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Gregory F. Van Tatenhove of the Eastern District of Kentucky, and FBI Special Agent in Charge David D. Elder of Kentucky announced today that Knott County Judge Executive Donnie Newsome has been sentenced for leading a conspiracy to buy votes in the May 26, 1998 primary election in Knott County, Kentucky.
Newsome, 53, of Dema, Kentucky, was sentenced this afternoon by District Judge Danny C. Reeves at U.S. District Court in Pikeville, Kentucky, to 26 months in prison and a $20,000 fine. Judge Reeves also sentenced a co-conspirator, Willard Smith, 55, of Hindman, Kentucky, to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. (Source)
August 29, 2004: Voter Fraud in Kentucky
[I]n a wide-ranging conspiracy trial that opened here this week, federal prosecutors are contending that influential people ... try to buy elections in eastern Kentucky.... At the heart of the case is a coal miner's son turned wealthy coal mine operator named Ross Harris, one of eastern Kentucky's most prominent political fund-raisers....
Prosecutors contend that in the fall of 2002, Mr. Harris funneled $41,000 in illegal contributions to the campaign of John Doug Hays, a candidate for a Pike County district judgeship. The money financed a vote-buying scheme disguised as a program to pay people $50 each to transport, or haul, voters to the polls, the prosecutors contend. "There was no systematic plan for hauling," Kenneth Taylor, an assistant United States attorney, told jurors this week. "It was a ruse."
Mr. Harris and his nine co-defendants have pleaded not guilty, arguing that the people who received $50 checks really did drive voters to the polls. State law allows campaigns to pay for "vote hauling," a practice that began decades ago when many poor and elderly voters in isolated hollows lacked transportation.
"It can't be a plan to use vote-hauling to buy votes if voters were, in fact, hauled," Larry A. Mackey, Mr. Harris's lawyer, said in his opening remarks. "There may not be many states where it is legal, but it is in Kentucky."
Only Mr. Harris and one of his employees, Loren Glenn Turner, are currently on trial. The other eight defendants, including Mr. Hays, are scheduled for trial in October. The Harris case is one of several in Kentucky and West Virginia that prosecutors say confirm longstanding suspicions that vote-buying remains common in Appalachia. (Source)
August 29, 2004: Voter Fraud in Kentucky
Last year, Donnie Newsome, the judge-executive of Knott County in eastern Kentucky, was convicted of buying votes for $50 to $100 a piece in a 1998 primary race. He has been sentenced to 26 months in prison....
Vote fraud, of course, is a fact of life in many places. In Kentucky, it ruined the career of Edward F. Prichard Jr., a former law clerk to Justice Felix Frankfurter of the Supreme Court who was widely seen as a future governor. Mr. Prichard was sentenced to two years for stuffing ballot boxes in 1948. He later distinguished himself as an education reformer.
In the mountains of eastern Kentucky, one of the poorest regions of the country, vote fraud has most often taken the form of vote-buying, experts said. (Source)
August 29, 2004: Voter Fraud in West Virginia
In West Virginia, Johnny Mendez, the sheriff of Logan County, pleaded guilty last month to federal charges that he accepted $10,000 in illegal contributions and used the money to buy votes in 2000 and 2004. (Source)
Autumn 2004: Voter-Registration Fraud in Florida, Virginia, and Texas
At least eight of the 19 foreign-national September 11 hijackers had registered to vote in either Florida or Virginia.
This past March, in just one of many recent cases, Texas representative Ciro Rodriguez, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, lost a close Democratic primary after a missing ballot box suddenly showed up in South Texas, stuffed with votes for his opponent. Rodriguez charged fraud but could never definitively prove it. (Source)
October 14, 2004: Voter-Registration Fraud in Oregon
Officials in Oregon have launched a criminal investigation after receiving numerous complaints that a Republican-affiliated group was destroying registration forms filed by Democratic voters statewide, Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury told CBSNews.com. Meanwhile, CBS affiliate KLAS-TV is reporting accusations of similar malfeasance in Nevada. (Source)
October 22, 2004: Voter Fraud in Kansas
U.S. Attorneys Todd Graves of Western Missouri and Eric Melgren of Kansas announced federal vote-fraud charges today against three Kansas City area residents.... The three were charged under federal voting-rights enforcement laws with providing false information about their residences. The offense is punishable by up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. (Source)
October 31, 2004: Voter Fraud in Rhode Island
A Bristol [Rhode Island] man and his son have been charged with voter fraud for allegedly using the wrong address when they cast ballots in the September primary elections. C. Richard Costa, 77, and his son, Keith Costa, 45, of 69 Harlem St., East Providence, were each charged with one felony count of fraudulent voting, according to the state police....
The Costas had registered and voted in September's Democratic primary using an address of 175 Taunton Ave., East Providence, the location of Keith Costa's business, James Auto Body, state police told The Providence Journal.
The charges against them stemmed from a criminal complaint filed by a member of the state Board of Elections. Richard and Keith Costa's names had figured in allegations of voting irregularity in which several political candidates challenged a total of 287 voters. They contended that the East Providence Board of Canvassers failed to protect the integrity of the voting process during the primary.
The city's Board of Canvassers has identified 28 suspect voters who twice have been asked by certified mail to confirm their home addresses. If they show up at the polls without confirming that they live at the addresses on their voter-registration cards, they will be asked to sign an affidavit asserting that they live where they claim.
Several candidates had wanted 287 people put on a list of suspect voters who would be granted provisional ballots that would be counted only after their home addresses had been verified. (Source)
2005: Voter Fraud in Tennessee
Actual fraudulent votes were cast on behalf of dead people include a 2005 state senate election in Tennessee that was decided by fewer than 20 votes; in this case, a post-election verification process established that two fraudulent votes were cast on behalf of dead people. Three election workers were indicted, and the results of the election were voided. (Source)
January 21, 2005: Voter Fraud in North Dakota
A Bismarck [North Dakota] man accused of voting twice in the November general election faces a misdemeanor charge. Jamie Rodahl, 26, voted absentee and went to the polls on Election Day, Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Lloyd Suhr said. The Burleigh County auditor's office discovered Rodahl's two votes during a routine check of the ballots. "We don't know what his motivation was," Suhr said. "All we know is that the investigation revealed that two votes were cast by him." … Rodahl was charged Thursday with voting twice in the same election, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. (Source)
June 2: 2005: Voter Fraud in East St. Louis
East St. Louis [Illinois] Democratic Committee chairman and former City Councilman Charles Powell, Jr., three fellow elected Democratic precinct committeemen, and one Democratic precinct worker are on trial for vote buying in U.S. District Court.
The beneficiaries of the alleged scheme were Democrat Presidential candidate John Kerry, Illinois State Supreme Court candidate Gordon Maag and Mark Kern, the Democratic candidate for Chairman of the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners. The Democrats won two out of three. Maag lost his race for a seat on the state’s high court to Republican Lloyd Karmeier. None of the candidates have been implicated in any wrongdoing.
“The race for county board chairman was decided by East St. Louis votes,” observed St. Clair County Board Member and Kern opponent Steve Reeb. “It was that close.”
It used to be called “walking around money.” Now, according to the St. Clair County Democratic Central Committee’s reports to the State Board of Elections, it’s called, “election expenses.” $76,150 was reportedly paid to 51 individuals living in East St. Louis days before the 2004 election. Cooperating voters were paid $5-$10 per vote, according to a report by the Belleville News-Democrat.
“Powell explained that the amount was based on multiplying the expected number of voters in the precinct times an amount of five dollars each,” according to a FBI report obtained by the Belleville paper. According to the indictment, Powell “explained that each Democratic precinct committeeman needed to determine how much he or she would pay voters in their own precinct.” Powell allegedly asked them to turn in “election day budgets…requesting funds from the St. Clair County Democratic Committee to be used during the November 2, 2004 general election.” After discussing “these election day budget requests with members of the St. Clair County Democratic committee, the East St. Louis precinct committeemen received funds” from the county central committee “in most instance[s] to the amount requested” on October 31st, according to one plea agreement.
Powell was a member of the East St. Louis City Council until he was voted out of office in April. Two weeks before that election, he was indicted for vote fraud.
In late March three other Democratic precinct committeemen–Lillie Nichols, Leroy Scott, Jr., and Terrance Stith–pled guilty to “knowingly and willfully” paying or offering “to pay voters for voting” during a federal elections....
Standing trial with Powell will be fellow Democratic precinct committeemen Jesse Lewis, Sheila Thomas and Kevin Ellis. Ellis precinct worker Yvette Johnson is also charged.
Ellis is also charged with writing a “threatening and misleading” letter to Republican election judges “in order to intimidate” them “so they would not appear at their assigned polling place.” (Source)
July 13, 2005: Voter Fraud in Indiana
Robert and Dolores Croy pleaded guilty to vote fraud during the 2003 primary election. Although Hobart residents, they voted in East Chicago [Indiana]. As part of their sentences, Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez ordered each to make public apologies. (Source)
October 8, 2005: Voter Fraud in Indiana
Six more individuals have been charged on 19 counts of illegal activity in the 2003 East Chicago [Indiana] primary election announced members of the Joint Voter Fraud Task Force led by Lake County [Indiana] Prosecutor Bernard A. Carter and Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter. One of the individuals charged today is East Chicago City Councilman Levones Tolbert, who was a precinct committeeman during the ’03 primary election.
The six individuals charged today for illegal activity in the 2003 East Chicago primary election are Arthur Vera, Armando Vera, Elvia Vera, Pedro Moro, Yolanda Ramirez, and Levones Tolbert. The 19 counts filed against them include fraudulently receiving voted ballots, voting in a precinct other than where the person lived, and perjury for lying about where he/she lived on absentee applications. (Source)
December 13, 2005: Voter Fraud in Mississippi
On November 10, 2004, a jury sitting before the Second Judicial District of the Tallahatchie County [Mississippi] Circuit Court found William Gregory Eason guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud and eight counts of voter fraud. Consequently, the circuit court sentenced Eason to a one year sentence for conspiracy to commit voter fraud. As for the eight counts of voter fraud, the circuit court sentenced Eason to another one year sentence, set to run consecutive with the first one year sentence, and seven additional one year sentences, all to run concurrent with the second one year sentence. In effect, the circuit court sentenced Eason to incarceration for two years. (Source)
December 14, 2005: Voter Fraud in Indiana
The Lake County [Indiana] Vote Fraud Task Force has filed 22 felony charges against five more people linked to voter fraud in the 2003 Lake County primary election, Attorney General Steve Carter announced this morning. That brings to 22 the number of people charged with fraud since Lake County Prosecutor Bernard A. Carter convened the task force two years ago.
Those charged are:
Shelly White, 54, of East Chicago, charged with 10 D felonies, six of receiving prepared ballots and four of examining a ballot.
Ramon Guillen, 54, of East Chicago, charged with four D felonies, two of receiving a prepared ballot, one of examining a ballot and one count of delivering a ballot.
Michael Lopez, 33, of Dyer, charged with three D felonies for allegations of voting in a precinct other than where he lived.
Christopher Lopez, 32, of Dyer, charged with three D felonies for allegations of voting in a precinct other than where he lived.
Natividad (Natalie) Hernandez, 49, of East Chicago, is charged with two D felonies for allegations of voting in a precinct other than where she lived in the 2003 East Chicago primary election and 2003 general election. (Source)
December 15, 2005: Voter Fraud in Indiana
Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter announced a new round of vote fraud charges Wednesday arising from an investigation of the city's 2003 Democratic mayoral primary. Five men and women are accused of illegally meddling in absentee balloting or voting outside their home precincts. The charges are brought by the Joint Vote Fraud Task Force, which consists of the attorney general, County Prosecutor Bernard Carter and state police, who have spent two years investigating the 2003 election. (Source)
January 13, 2006: Voter Fraud in West Virginia
Former Lincoln County [West Virginia] Circuit Clerk Gregory Brent Stowers and two other individuals pled guilty to election fraud, including charges of vote-buying in what most observers is likely to be an ongoing investigation into election irregularities in Lincoln and Logan counties.
Stowers said he funneled $7,000 into the 2004 Democratic Party primary to bribe county voters. Co-defendant Toney “Zeke” Dingess also pleaded guilty to helping to buy votes with that money. He was joined by another co-defendant, Ralph Dale Adkins, who pleaded guilty to buying votes with Stowers’ money in the 1992 primary. Wandall “Rocky” Adkins, also pled guilty to helping buy votes. He is not related to Ralph Dale Adkins....
Stowers was the fourth elected officeholder to admit a role in alleged schemes, in Lincoln as well as neighboring Logan County, to influence voters with cash and liquor in balloting dating back to the 1980s.
A sixth defendant, Clifford Odell “Groundhog” Vance also pleaded guilty to buying votes during a past primary election. In his plea, Vance alleged that Lincoln County Commission President Charles McCann, the county’s former schools superintendent, provided money to buy votes – a charge McCann denied. (Source) and (Source)
February 14, 2006: Voter Fraud in New Hampshire
Durham [New Hampshire] was “investigated” and it was found by the NH AG's office that some students there were registered in other states but voted here in NH on an impulse. That would be stealing a vote in the real world. No one was prosecuted for being an out-of-state voter, nor was any campaign or professor held accountable for lying to students or encouraging them to vote illegally in the 2000 election. (Source)
June 28, 2006: Voter Fraud in Texas
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has announced the conviction of a Reeves County woman who unlawfully handled mail-in ballots in the March 2004 primary election. Trinidad Villalobos, 60, of Pecos was found guilty by a Reeves County jury and sentenced to six months probation on each count of illegally possessing and transporting election ballots of several voters. (Source)
July 20, 2006: Voter Fraud in Indiana
Three [more] people charged with vote fraud in the 2003 East Chicago [Indiana] primary election have admitted wrongdoing, Lake County Prosecutor Bernard A. Carter and Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter announced this morning. Antonio Mendiola and Alyicia Mendiola, both of Gary, pleaded guilty to one count of voting in a precinct [where] they didn't live, the news release said. Eduardo Perez, of East Chicago, pleaded guilty to fraudulently applying for, examining and receiving or delivering a ballot. They all face up to three years in prison. (Source)
August 3, 2006: Voter Fraud in Indiana
The latest round of East Chicago [Indiana] voter fraud indictments for 2003's infamous mayoral election has snagged three city police officers and several city employees. Longtime police officers Randy Morris, Lester Chandler, and Ronald DeCastro were among 11 people charged and sought for arrest Wednesday. Health inspector Raymond Carillo and city truck operator Edwin Aviles are also charged with voting outside of their districts. The others indicted were: Rachel Aviles, 36, of Portage, and Mark Orosco, 28, of Hammond. (Source)
August 15, 2006: Voter Fraud in Indiana
The Indiana Attorney General issued the following press release: “A Gary [Indiana] couple and an East Chicago [Indiana] man have been sentenced for violating election laws during the 2003 East Chicago primary election. Alycia and Antonio Mendiola both received an 18 month felony sentence. Eduardo Perez, Sr. has been sentenced to 180 days in jail, plus 50 hours of community service. All three sentences were suspended.” (Source) (Source)
September 8, 2006: Voter Fraud in Indiana
The Indiana Attorney General issued the following press release: “A Gary man has been sentenced to two years in prison for vote fraud during the 2003 East Chicago [Indiana] primary election. The Joint Task Force on Vote Fraud charged Larry Battle with seven counts of violating election laws in July, 2005. He pled guilty to three counts of vote fraud in July, 2006. His sentencing was this morning in Lake Superior Court #1.”
“This is the fifth conviction in less than two months in which defendants have been punished for participating in illegal voting activity,” Attorney General Steve Carter said. (Source)
November 15, 2006: Voter Fraud in Indiana
Rather than go to trial and face possible conviction on four counts of vote fraud, Pedro Moro pleaded guilty to one count before opening arguments in his trial were to begin Tuesday in Lake County [Indiana] court. Across the hall, Tamika Lay, 30, was sentenced to one year of probation for voting outside her precinct. The convictions [were the] ninth and tenth for the Joint Vote Fraud Task Force of Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter and County Prosecutor Bernard Carter in their investigation into the discredited May 2003 East Chicago [Indiana] Democratic primary.
Former East Chicago Mayor Robert Patrick's re-election campaign was accused of manufacturing a razor-thin victory margin with tainted absentee ballots. The Indiana Supreme Court later overturned Pastrick's win, and voters replaced Pastrick with his chief opponent, George Pabey, in a special fall 2004 election.
Moro, 37, of Merrillville, pleaded guilty to processing a ballot even though he wasn't a poll worker. He faces up to three years in prison when sentenced Dec. 15 by Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez.
Lay, of East Chicago, told Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas P. Stefaniak Jr. her actions were an "honest mistake." But when Stefaniak questioned why she didn't vote in her own precinct, Lay admitted she wanted to vote for her brother, Terrance Lay, in his bid for Randall "Blue" Artis' council seat. Terrance Lay, 29, is charged with 10 counts of inducing others to vote outside their home precincts and conspiracy. He is the utility security manager for the East Chicago Utilities Department. Artis is charged with seven felony counts of inducing an East Chicago woman to vote outside of her home precinct and committing other voting violations.
Lay told the judge she didn't understand why she got in trouble for her one vote. "People have been doing it (fraudulent voting) for years, and all of a sudden they want to do something about it," she said. (Source)
January 6, 2007: Voter-Registration Fraud in Kansas City (ACORN)
A Kansas City [Missouri] woman who worked for an advocacy group that signed up new voters was indicted yesterday on charges of election fraud and identity theft. Carmen R. Davis, 37, was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury. She worked in August and September as a voter registration recruiter for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN. She is accused of using another woman’s Social Security number to get hired by ACORN and Project Vote.
Davis also is charged with causing three voter registration applications with false addresses to be filed with the Kansas City Board of Elections Commissioners.
In November, four other people who worked for ACORN were indicted on charges of submitting false voter registrations to the Kansas City election board. (Source)
March 29, 2007: Voter Fraud in Indiana
Some 22 people have been convicted of vote fraud in the 2003 East Chicago [Indiana] primary election. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
May 14, 2007: Voter Fraud in Michigan
A Benton Harbor [Michigan] activist will serve time for voter fraud. A judge on Monday sentenced the Rev. Edward Pinkney to five years probation and one year in jail. A jury convicted him of interfering with a 2005 recall election in Benton Harbor. Prosecutors say Pinkney paid people to vote. (Source)
May 22, 2007: Fraud by Election Workers in Tennessee
A judge said Monday he thinks the public is owed a more detailed explanation about an alleged plot by three poll workers to throw a 2005 election to Ophelia Ford, now a state senator. Shelby County [Tennessee] Criminal Court Judge John P. Colton took guilty pleas earlier this month from the three election workers who avoided jail time in a deal with prosecutors. The workers admitted to voting fraud charges against them, yet never said what motivated them to fake at least three votes, two of them cast in the names of dead people. (Source)
June 12, 2007: Voter Fraud in Texas
Voter fraud committed by illegal immigrants who actually cast election ballots in one Texas county is more widespread than originally thought and federal authorities have launched investigations into neighboring municipalities.
A few weeks ago election officials in the south central Texas county of Bexar admitted that hundreds of illegal immigrants registered to vote and subsequently cast ballots, canceling out the votes of United States citizens. Now federal authorities are, not only investigating the fraud in Bexar, but also in nearby Harris, Tarrant and El Paso counties.
It turns out that many of the illegal immigrants voted in more than a dozen local, state and federal elections since 2001. This has evidently struck the interest of the Department of Homeland Security because the violators probably filed false United States citizenship claims. (Source)
June 15, 2007: Voter Fraud in Milwaukee
In a 3-0 decision, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld the voter fraud conviction of Kimberly Prude, the Milwaukee [Wisconsin] grandmother of three who cast an illegal absentee ballot in the 2004 election.... Prude, a felon under state supervision, was ineligible to vote in 2004. She worked as a volunteer for the John Kerry-John Edwards campaign and cast an absentee ballot after an Oct. 22, 2004 rally that featured Rev. Al Sharpton.... In 2005, a jury convicted Prude of voter fraud and her probation was revoked. (Source)
August 4, 2007: Voter Fraud in Mississippi
Attorney General Jim Hood says three people have been arrested for allegedly participating in a voter fraud scheme in Benton County [Mississippi]. Lillie Jean Norton was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud and was being held on a $20,000 bond. James Bullock was charged with bribery and voter fraud and was being held on a $40,000 bond. Ada Tucker was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud. Her bail was set at $20,000. (Source) and (Source)
August 24, 2007: Voter Fraud in Indiana
Two more guilty pleas in the 2003 East Chicago [Indiana] primary election bring to 32 the number of voting fraud convictions since the maligned polling took place, prosecutors announced today. (Source)
September 12, 2007: Voter Fraud in Texas
Officials involved in a joint federal-state probe say that some of the dozens of people under investigation in a months-long Bexar County [Texas] voter fraud case may be charged with both state and federal crimes.... As the federal portion of the investigation begun in late May winds down, Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed will determine how she'll proceed in the case of the 41 people who allegedly voted, some repeatedly, despite being non-citizens. (Source)
September 21, 2007: Voter Fraud in Indiana
Two people charged with vote fraud by the Lake County [Indiana] Joint Vote Fraud Task Force have pleaded guilty, Attorney General Steve Carter announced Thursday. Alicia Dunbar and Ivan Dunbar, both of East Chicago [Indiana], have pleaded guilty to voting in another precinct. Both received a one-year probation. They were charged in March 2006 for illegal voting activity.
Sentencing has also occurred for two more defendants. Ricardo Alamillo, of Hammond, pleaded guilty to voting in another precinct, a Class D felony. He has been sentenced to a one and a half year suspended prison sentence and one and a half years of probation. He was charged in September 2006 by the Joint Lake County Voter Task Force for voting in another precinct other than where he lived. Alamillo is a former assistant chief bailiff in East Chicago. Mark Orosco, of Hammond, pleaded guilty in August and has been sentenced to one year suspended prison sentence and one year probation for voting in another precinct. He was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. (Source) and (Source)
November 5, 2007: Fraud by Election Workers in Ohio
A special prosecutor ended a two-year drive to convict two county elections workers [in Ohio] for rigging a ballot recount during the hotly contested 2004 presidential election. In a plea deal announced this morning, prosecutors let the two women take probation without admitting any wrongdoing. Jacqueline Maiden, 60, the board's third-ranking staff member, and middle manager Kathleen Dreamer, 41, each pleaded no contest to negligent misconduct and failure to perform official duties during that November general election. The charges are, respectively, a felony and a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 18 months in prison. (Source)
March 1, 2008: Voter Fraud in New Mexico
A candidate for Sunland Park [New Mexico] municipal judge was charged Friday with voter fraud. He allegedly voted twice in the 2004 elections, and questions were raised as to whether he actually lives in New Mexico. Horacio Favela, 48, faces one count of false voting, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison. (Source)
March 3, 2008: Voter Fraud in South Carolina
Suspended Eastover [South Carolina] Mayor Chris Campbell has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after he was found guilty of voter fraud, forgery and misconduct in office. Campbell apologized to citizens of the Richland County town after Friday's verdict and said he unwittingly broke the law. The (Columbia) State reported that prosecutors accused Campbell of approaching 16 voters unable to make it to the polls and asking them to cast absentee ballots he had already marked for his candidates. (Source)
March 13, 2008: Voter Fraud in Mississippi
Attorney General Jim Hood confirmed Friday that indictments have been served on 16 people connected to a Benton County [Mississippi] voter fraud investigation. The investigation stems from the August 7, 2007 primary election and the August 27, 2007 runoff elections in Benton County. (Source)
June 12, 2008: Voter-Registration Fraud in Florida
A jury found would-be Walton County [Florida] Commission candidate Greg "Charlie" Burke guilty of voter fraud Wednesday, months after Gov. Charlie Crist suspended him from another county post. Burke could face a five-year sentence and thousands of dollars in fines. He was convicted on two counts of voter registration fraud and falsifying documents to the Walton County supervisor of elections office. (Source)
July 10, 2008: Voter Fraud in Alabama
Three Alabama counties are under federal investigation for voter fraud amid reports of citizens openly selling votes, casting multiple ballots and exchanging votes for a load of gravel in the recent primary election.
Last month Alabama’s Secretary of State launched a probe into one county (Lowndes) after reports surfaced that absentee voters traded votes for a load of gravel for their driveways and other absentee ballots cast from former residents living as far away as Chicago.
The probe quickly grew to include two other predominantly Democrat counties—Perry and Bullock—where the fraud seems to be rampant and nothing new. Residents interviewed by a national newspaper proudly admitted that they have been paid for their vote for years and that they have seen votes openly bought and sold by local officials.
One 23-year-old man admitted has been paid by local officials to use an absentee ballot ever since he became eligible to vote. The last time he voted, he got paid $30, saying its “pretty common” and “nothing new.” Another man said he’s sold his vote for $100 and $50 a pop. (Source) and (Source)
August 27, 2008: Voter-Registration Fraud in Ohio (ACORN)
A national organization that conducts voter registration drives for low-income people has curtailed its push in Cuyahoga County [Ohio] after the Board of Elections accused its workers of submitting fraudulent registration cards. The board is investigating the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Results of the inquiry could be turned over to the county prosecutor.
Board employees said ACORN workers often handed in the same name on a number of voter registration cards, but showing that person living at different addresses. Other times, cards had the same name listed, but a different date of birth. Still another sign of possible fraud showed a number of people living at an address that turned out to be a restaurant.
ACORN had a part-time staff of 30 who worked five days a week to find unregistered people. The workers made $8 an hour and were required to sign up 20 voters in each five-hour shift. (Source)
October 5, 2008: Voter Fraud Involving ACORN
A new federal mandate requires that all voters be allowed to cast a provisional ballot if their names don’t appear on registration lists. Liberal groups are suing to have such ballots counted even if they are cast in precincts where the voter doesn’t live. If the number of provisional ballots exceeds the margin of victory in the Senate race, you can bet lawyers will argue that “every vote must count,” regardless of eligibility. Candidates may have to hope their vote totals are beyond the “margin of litigation.”
A left-wing “community organizing” group called ACORN has seen its employees frequently convicted of voter registration fraud. This year its employees are under active investigation in several states. Perhaps one reason for ACORN’s go-for-broke behavior is that Barack Obama used to be a lawyer and top trainer for the group. In August, the Obama campaign was caught misidentifying an $800,000 payment it had made to an ACORN subsidiary for “election services.” (Source)
October 7, 2008: Voter-Registration Fraud in Ohio (ACORN)
A national voter-registration group admitted to Cuyahoga County [Ohio] election officials Tuesday that it cannot eliminate fraud from its operation. The group blamed inefficiency and lack of resources for problems such as being unable to spot duplicate voter-registration cards or cards that may have been filled out by workers to make quotas.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, has turned in at least 65,000 cards to the Cuyahoga County [Ohio] Board of Elections in the last year. The board has investigated potentially fraudulent cards since August.
The group has faced similar inquiries in other large Ohio counties. And Nevada state authorities recently raided ACORN’s Las Vegas headquarters searching for evidence of fraud, according to the Associated Press.
Local representatives of the organization told Cuyahoga board members that they don’t have the resources to identify fraudulent cards turned in by paid canvassers who are told to register low- and moderate-income voters.
Cuyahoga election workers flagged about 50 names on suspicious cards. The cards were to register the same names, raising the possibility that canvassers shared information when trying to make quotas. (Source)
October 8, 2008: Voter-Registration Fraud in Connecticut (ACORN)
The State Elections Enforcement Commission has opened an investigation into allegations that a community activist organization submitted at least 10 false voter-registration cards in Bridgeport [Connecticut]. One of the phony registrations was for a 7-year-old girl in the Marina Village housing complex, whose age was listed as 27 on the voter card. Another registration came from a man who later said he couldn’t have completed the voter card purported to be his because he was in jail on the date of the document.
Joseph J. Borges, the city’s Republican registrar of voters, filed the complaint with state officials after months of local complaints on the tactics that ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, was regularly filing applications that were ruled ineligible. (Source)
October 20, 2008: Voter-Registration Fraud in California
On the heels of a liberal group’s nationwide corrupt voter registration drive favoring Democrats, the owner of a firm hired by California’s Republican Party to register voters has been arrested and charged with fraud.
The company (Young Political Majors) collects petition signatures and registers voters throughout the country and was paid $7 to $12 by California’s Republican Party for every citizen registered as a member of the GOP. Dozens of voters said they were conned into registering as Republicans by workers who claimed they were signing a petition to toughen penalties against child molesters.
Authorities also said that the company’s owner, Mark Jacoby, fraudulently registered himself to vote at a fake California address in order to meet the legal requirement that all signature gatherers be eligible to vote in the state. The Republican operative has been charged with two felonies, voter registration fraud and perjury. (Source) and (Source)
October 22, 2008: Voter-Registration Fraud in Philadelphia (ACORN)
A suburban Philadelphia [Pennsylvania] man is charged with changing 18 voter registration applications while he worked briefly for ACORN — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. ACORN political director Krista Holub says Jemar Barksdale, of Chester, Pa., was paid $8 an hour to sign up new voters last summer.
Delaware County District Attorney Mike Green says his investigators found that Barksdale filed altered registrations for 18 people, changing signatures and personal information on the applications. Barksdale is being held on $150,000 cash bail. (Source)
March 16, 2009: Voter Fraud in Mississippi
The Noxubee County [Mississippi] case presents a deeply disturbing account of some of the most egregious racial discrimination the Justice Department has encountered in decades. In Noxubee, 80 percent of Democrats are black; 20 percent are white. (There are some Republicans as well, but the number is negligible.) The chairman of the Democratic party, Ike Brown, is black, and he, along with the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee, set about to effectively disenfranchise white voters.
The court decision shows that Brown had his own local version of Tammany Hall, and local election officials followed his orders. This included publishing in the local newspaper a list of 174 white Democratic voters whose eligibility he intended to challenge if they tried to vote in an upcoming election. According to the court, Brown compiled the list based on the individuals’ perceived lack of support for black candidates. One voter testified that she was so intimidated she didn’t vote. Another testified that she was so scared she felt she couldn’t approach the polls alone.
The court also found that Brown took measures to ensure that absentee ballots from black voters were automatically counted even if they didn’t comply with Mississippi law, while absentee ballots from white voters with the same deficiencies were challenged and not counted. He even reviewed many absentee ballots the night before an election, placing notes on them saying which should be counted and which should be rejected.
One victim, whose absentee ballot was basically stolen by the defendants and whose signature on the application and ballot envelope were obviously forged, was brought in a second time to testify after she was confronted by a member of the local Democratic party following her initial testimony. The witness was told that “we black people need to stick together” and was urged to testify that she “probably didn’t understand what [she was] being asked” during the first go-around.
The court also found that Brown recruited black individuals to run for office against white incumbents despite knowing that they didn’t meet residency requirements; refused to appoint whites as poll workers; and sent out Democratic Party members to give unrequested “assistance” to black voters, marking their ballots for them and telling them how to vote. All of this was intended to dilute the voting strength of white voters and to achieve his goal, which he openly expressed — “that all of the county’s elected officials should be black.” (Source)
March 24, 2009: Voter-Registration Fraud in St. Louis
A worker for a get-out-the-vote effort in St. Louis [Missouri] faces sentencing in June after pleading guilty Tuesday to a federal charge for submitting false voter registrations. Deidra Humphrey, 44, of East St. Louis, Ill., worked last year as a voter registration recruiter for Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition (Missouri Pro-Vote) and for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced the plea in a news release, saying Humphrey submitted false and forged voter registration cards to Missouri Pro-Vote, which unknowingly submitted those cards to election boards in St. Louis city and St. Louis County. Hanaway said Humphrey submitted the fraudulent cards to get money for work she didn't actually complete. (Source) and (Source)
April 29, 2009: Voter Fraud in Ohio
A Franklin County [Ohio] judge told three out-of-state campaigners for Barack Obama who voted here illegally that they should have known better. The three chose Ohio over their home states – where Obama was likely to win – because they wanted to swing the Electoral College vote toward their candidate, Common Pleas Judge Charles A. Schneider said. He ordered a year's probation, a $1,000 fine and a 60-day suspended jail sentence for Daniel "Tate" Hausman, 32, and Amy Little, 50, both of New York, and Yolanda Hippensteele, 30, of California. All were paid staff members for Vote Today Ohio, an independent get-out-the-vote organization supporting the Democratic presidential candidate. (Source)
June 12, 2009: Voter Fraud in New Hampshire
A Jackson [New Hampshire] man has been indicted on charges he voted for president twice in November's election. Thirty-one-year-old Christopher Luke Fithian faces one felony and one misdemeanor charge of wrongful voting. The grand jury accused him of voting in Gorham using a ballot for the unincorporated township of Pinkham's Grant, then voted again in Jackson, using the town's general election ballot. It's not known whom he voted for. (Source)
July 15, 2009: Voter Fraud in Washington State
A 43-year-old Camano Island [Washington] woman with no prior criminal history is now a convicted felon after pleading guilty to using her son’s ballot to vote in the 2008 presidential election. Susan Risenhoover was sentenced to 40 hours of community service Monday, according to an Island County Prosecutor’s Office news release. The woman was not a registered voter in November when she filled out her son’s ballot, forged his name and sent it to the Island County Auditor’s Office, the release says. Risenhoover pleaded guilty as charged Monday in Island County Superior Court to being an unqualified person voting, a felony offense. (Source)
September 15, 2009: Voter Fraud in Alabama
Valada Paige Banks on Monday became the second woman charged with felony voter fraud in Hale County [Alabama] to plead guilty to a misdemeanor. Banks, 46, received a 12-month suspended sentence after admitting to third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. She will not have to spend any time in jail, but was placed on probation for two years by retired Chambers County Circuit Judge Howard Bryan, who was appointed to hear the case. She also was assessed $400 in court costs.
Rosie Lyles, 68, pleaded guilty to the same charge on Aug. 31 and received a similar sentence. Both women were indicted in August 2007 on multiple felony counts of promoting illegal absentee voting during special elections in Hale County in 2004 and 2005. (Source)
October 12, 2009: Voter Fraud in Washington State
Marysville resident Janice Waters, 60, was charged by Snohomish County [Washington] prosecuting attorneys Oct. 5 with committing voting fraud, for voting under an illegal registration in the wrong county several times, forging and voting her son's ballot in last year's general election, and illegally double-voting in that same election by voting ballots assigned to both her son and herself.
Janice Waters' son, James Waters, was registered to vote in Snohomish County and shares his listed address with his mother, but he became ineligible to vote upon conviction for pleading guilty Sept. 5, 2008, to committing third-degree assault domestic violence against his mother. He was notified of his ineligibility to vote when he pled guilty to this felony charge, but the Snohomish County Auditor's Office received a ballot Oct. 25, 2008, that was signed with his name and listed his address. (Source)
October 24, 2009: Voter Fraud in Virginia
A candidate for Petersburg [Virginia] sheriff was arrested yesterday on a misdemeanor charge of committing voter fraud in last November's election. Troy Bernard Fobbs Sr., 56, surrendered to Virginia State Police investigators following a monthlong investigation, said Sgt. Tom Molnar, a state police spokesman. A warrant charging him with one count of illegal voting and registration alleges that Fobbs cast his ballot last November knowing he was not qualified to vote in Petersburg. (Source)
December 1, 2009: Voter Fraud in New Jersey
Attorney General Anne Milgram announced that five more people, including a freeholder who is the husband of State Senator Teresa Ruiz, were indicted today for election fraud in connection with absentee ballots they collected and submitted as workers for Ruiz’s 2007 campaign for the New Jersey Senate in the 29th District. Five other campaign workers for Ruiz were charged in four prior indictments....
Each of the five defendants is charged with conspiracy (2nd degree), election fraud (2nd degree), absentee ballot fraud (3rd degree), tampering with public records or information (3rd degree), and forgery (4th degree).... [Each defendant is] charged with tampering with documentation for messenger ballots, which are absentee ballots intended for use by homebound voters. They are charged with fraudulently submitting such ballots as votes in the Nov. 6, 2007 general election. (Source)
December 4, 2009: Voter Fraud in California
The former Mayor of the tiny municipality of Vernon [California] and his wife were convicted Friday of voter registration fraud and fraudulent voting. Leonis Malburg, 80, who had been Mayor of Vernon for more than 50 years before resigning this summer, and Dominica Malburg, 83, did not live in Vernon, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson found in a non-jury trial.
Leonis Malburg was convicted of conspiracy to commit a crime, being a public official aiding illegal voting, falsifying a declaration of candidacy, voter registration fraud, false voter registration, perjury under oath, fraudulent voting and assisting an unqualified voter. Dominica Malburg was convicted of conspiracy, false voter registration and fraudulent voting.... The judge said Malburg knew he was ineligible to be a candidate and knew he and his wife were ineligible to vote in Vernon. Johnson also said the evidence showed Dominica Malburg's presence in the city of Vernon was ``rare,'' and that she was focused on her home and family activities in Hancock Park. (Source)
January 18, 2010: Leftists Advocate Voter Fraud in Minnesota
The specter of Minnesota's bitterly contested election contest between Al Franken and Norm Coleman now hangs over Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts, with Republicans and conservative pundits warning that anything less than a clear-cut victory for GOP challenger Scott Brown over Democrat Martha Coakley risks a "stolen election." "Actual vote stealing will occur" on Tuesday, [John] Fund told Newsmax. But he expects it will be reduced "because ACORN is discredited and adrift and there are serious anti-fraud efforts being mounted."
Several icons of the left appear to be signaling to Massachusetts voters that voter fraud would be justifiable. On Friday, MSNBC's Ed Schultz stated on his radio program that he personally would commit voter fraud if he lived in Massachusetts. "Yeah, that's right," he told his audience, "I'd cheat to keep these bastards out…. 'cause that's exactly what they are." Schultz even specified how he would distort the election result: By stuffing the ballot box, he said, and voting as many as 10 times.
Similarly, Hardball host Chris Matthews reminisced at length, and almost nostalgically, about the days when "street money" would be distributed by machine bosses in Massachusetts to motivate Democrat-friendly voters to turn out at the polls. (Source)
March 8, 2010: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Wisconsin (ACORN)
Five Wisconsin residents have been charged with criminal counts of voter fraud in the November 2008 general election, state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Monday. Two of those charged – Maria Miles, 36, of Milwaukee, and Kevin Clancy, 26, of Racine – worked for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the embattled community organizing group.
"The complaint alleges that Miles and Clancy submitted multiple voter registration applications for the same individuals, and also were part of a scheme in which they and other (special registration deputies) registered each other to vote multiple times in order to meet voter registration quotas imposed by ACORN," the Van Hollen news release says. Both were charged with one felony count. Also charged were a couple – Herbert Gunka, 60, and Suzanne Gunka, 54, both of Milwaukee – for supposedly double voting in November 2008, once absentee and once at the polls.
Michael Henderson, 40, was charged with two felony counts of being a felon who cast a ballot even though he was still on probation. The Milwaukee man was convicted in 2005 in Rock County with two felonies for bail jumping and one disorderly conduct misdemeanor. He was sentenced to five years' probation. (Source) and (Source)
March 26, 2010: Voter Fraud in Kentucky
Some of the most powerful public officials in Clay County [Kentucky] corrupted elections in recent years, buying and stealing votes in pursuit of power and money, a federal jury ruled Thursday. The jury convicted all eight people on trial, including former Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle, 66, and former school Superintendent Douglas C. Adams, 58, on a charge that they engaged in organized criminal acts to rig elections.
After a seven-week trial, jurors deliberated about nine hours before convicting the defendants on all the charges they faced, which included vote-buying, mail fraud, extortion and money laundering. They face up to 20 years each on some charges. (Source)
April 21, 2010: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Milwaukee
Prosecutors charged seven people this week with election fraud related to the November 2008 election in Milwaukee [Wisconsin]. Three are charged with voting as felons, two with voting twice, and two with falsely procuring voter registrations while working for the organization ACORN. (Source) and (Source)
June 11, 2010: Voter Fraud in Maine
A Newburgh [Maine] man who admitted [to] voting twice on Election Day last November pleaded guilty Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to the misdemeanor charge of making a false statement or oath. Delmer Terrill, 65, is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 13. He remains free on personal recognizance bail. The Maine Attorney General’s Office agreed to drop the more serious charge of voting twice in the same election in exchange for Terrill’s guilty plea. Terrill was indicted on both charges by the Penobscot County grand jury in February and pleaded not guilty in April. (Source)
July 20, 2010: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Oklahoma
With Darryl Cates out on bond, following his being charged with four counts of felony voter fraud in Adair County [Oklahoma] last week, District Attorney Jerry Moore, of District 27, told Oklahoma Watchdog Tuesday that his office is working with a federal office on this ongoing investigation.
Moore didn’t offer a lot of specific details as to the nature of the joint local and federal investigation, but he did say he was “absolutely over the situation in general.” The Tahlequah-based district attorney said his office is working with the U.S. Postal Examiner’s investigative office looking at issues related to Cates’ use of the postal service in obtaining the absentee ballots. Moore acknowledged the felony charges brought against Cates and reminded this reporter that “he is innocent until proven guilty.”
As we reported here at Oklahoma Watchdog last week, Cates, 73, of Westville, Okla. had four counts brought against him July 13th in the District Court of the 15th Judicial District of Oklahoma: two were for false affidavit in voting registration and two for false notarization of absentee ballot. This was signed off by Assistant District Attorney Larry Langley. The crime Cates is accused of is punishable by imprisonment for up to 2 years and a fine up to $5,000.
With Cates back on the streets and reports coming out of Adair County that 492 out of 811 absentee ballots have been mailed to Cates’ PO boxes in Stilwell and Westville, Oklahoma Watchdog asked Moore if there was a concern about those ballots being compromised by Cates, who is still under investigation. (Source) and (Source)
July 30, 2010: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Tennessee
Two Memphis [Tennessee] men have been indicted on charges of voter fraud stemming from an ongoing investigation into voting irregularities in 2006 elections in Shelby County. Dale Brown, 50, and Kelvin Green, 41, were indicted on one count each of illegal registration or illegal voting. The offense carries a penalty of two to 12 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The indictment says Brown voted in the state primary and the county general election in August 2005, although he was not eligible to vote because of a felony aggravated assault conviction in 1985. Green voted in the primary and general elections despite being convicted in 1997 of driving while a habitual motor vehicle offender, also a felony. (Source)
August 7, 2010: Voter Fraud in California
The explosive scandal that saw officials in the lower-income city of Bell, California (population 40,000) purged last month due to outrageous salaries and pensions may have had its roots in voter fraud. City Manager Robert Rizzo, who stood to collect a $600,000-a-year pension, and police chief Randy Adams, who was due a $411,300-a-year pension, were just two of the officials forced to resign after their platinum parachutes were uncovered. Now it turns out that they had been hired and kept in their jobs by elected officials who allegedly took advantage of Bell's traditionally low voter turnout to commit ballot fraud.
In 2005, fewer than 400 voters cast ballots in a special election that cleared the way for City Council members to dramatically boost their own salaries. In that election, more than half the votes cast were absentee ballots, the method of voting most susceptible to fraud.
Four voters told the Los Angeles Times that city officials walked door-to-door urging them to vote absentee. One later was counted as voting absentee even though she said she never filled out a ballot. Two other voters said local council members had personally collected their ballots for delivery, a violation of state law. In addition, a retired Bell police officer has identified at least 19 people he says voted in Bell but were either dead or living outside the country at the time. (Source)
August 31, 2010: Voter Fraud in Alabama
Former Hale County [Alabama] Circuit Clerk Gay Nell Tinker has pleaded guilty to five counts of illegal absentee balloting. In exchange for the plea on Tuesday to the misdemeanor charge, prosecutors dropped 13 felony charges related to voter fraud. Tinker was arrested in March 2008 after an investigation that included the election of Tinker's ex-husband, state Sen. Bobby Singleton, in 2004. (Source)
September 9, 2010: Voter Fraud in California
A former Palm Springs [California] City Council candidate who claimed she resided in the city when she allegedly lived in Arizona was charged with felonies, prosecutors said today. Eloise Garcia-Mohsin, 46, was charged with two counts of voter fraud, three counts of perjury and four counts of falsely filing election documents, and the Riverside County District Attorney's Office issued a warrant for her arrest. "She can be arrested at any time by any law enforcement officer," said Michael Jeandron, a spokesman for the office.
Garcia-Mohsin listed her address in election documents as 3200 E. Baristo Road – an apartment complex for senior and disabled people, according to a declaration in support of an arrest warrant. The man living at the apartment told investigators that Garcia-Mohsin, who has a home in Glendale, Ariz., asked to use his address so she could run for City Council, D.A. Investigator William Hanley wrote in the declaration. Under state law, a candidate for City Council has to be a registered voter of that city.
"Garcia-Mohsin told him that she was living in Glendale and conducting her campaign for City Council ... by way of the Internet," Hanley said. The man said he received mail for the woman during the summer and fall of 2009, but she never lived at the apartment. (Source)
September 10, 2010: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
Two men have been charged with voter fraud in Western Wisconsin. Investigators believe they voted twice in the 2008 presidential election. Antonio Charles and Matt Pichler both from Menomonie, have been charged with election fraud. They allegedly voted in Minnesota and then in Wisconsin. Charles was a UW-Stout student at the time. Election fraud is a felony. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
October 2, 2010: Voter Fraud in Florida
When police raided Daytona Beach City [Florida] Commissioner Derrick Henry's office this week and seized his computer, they say they discovered evidence of what election experts say has become a rampant, largely ignored and troubling issue in Florida — the widespread abuse of absentee ballots. Police say Henry's computer was used to obtain dozens of absentee ballots prior to the city's Aug. 24 elections, in which he was re-elected.
The Daytona Beach probe started when an elections supervisor noticed that as many as 90 absentee ballots had been requested from two e-mail addresses, and that they came from a single computer. (It is illegal in Florida for anyone other than a family member to help in requesting an absentee ballot.)
Volusia County Election Supervisor Ann McFall said she grew suspicious “because 40 requests arrived in one batch on the night of Aug. 6, and another 15 the next day. “The absentee ballots had no phone numbers on them, and my first concern was to get them in compliance. I emailed the sender and when I got no response checked with the Daytona Beach clerk, because all the requests were from Zone 5 and he didn’t recognize the address. Then I handed it over to the sheriff’s office,” she said.
Police tracked the computer to the office of Henry, the city commissioner from Zone 5, who was running for re-election – and who easily defeated his two opponents with 65 per cent of the vote. (Source)
October 5, 2010: Voter Fraud in Texas
Bexar County [Texas] deputies Monday night arrested a woman accused of using her long-dead sister's identity to vote twice in the 2008 general election. Mary Ann Comparin, 81, was released from Bexar County Jail on Tuesday after posting $10,000 bail, officials said. She faces one count of illegal voting.
Comparin, who reportedly uses a wheelchair, also goes by aliases Mary Garrish Singer, Mary Gorrish Comparin, Mary Ann Singer – and her older sister's name, Norma Gerrish Collins, court documents state. An arrest warrant affidavit states Collins committed suicide in San Antonio in 1963, but Comparin allegedly used her late sister's name and driver's license information to vote in 2008. (Source)
October 5, 2010: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
Two felons in Milwaukee [Wisconsin], who are prohibited by state law from voting, admitted that they committed election fraud in the last Presidential Election. David Lewis and Ramon Martinez, who were charged with election fraud arising out of the November 4, 2008 Presidential Election, entered guilty pleas Tuesday wherein they admitted they voted illegally while on an active period of felony supervision. A felon on an active period of supervision for a felony offense is prohibited by state law from voting in any election. (Source)
October 14, 2010: Ballot-Tampering in New Jersey
A Linwood [New Jersey] man admitted Monday to tampering with ballots in the Atlantic City mayoral campaigns of Marty Small and former Mayor Scott Evans. Ernest Storr, 44, was one of 14 people arrested in September on various voter fraud charges involving Councilman Small's failed 2009 mayoral bid. In exchange for his plea, the state will recommend that Storr be sentenced to probation.
Storr not only admitted to instructing a Small campaign worker on how to tamper with absentee ballots, but said he previously committed the crime in 2008, while working on Evans' campaign during a special mayoral election. Small was working on Lorenzo Langford's campaign at that time. Langford was successful in both elections. (Source)
October 22, 2010: Malfunctioning Voting Machines in Texas
Don Relyea supports incumbent Republican Rick Perry for Governor in TX. Naturally, he went to the polls to cast his vote. But while in the privacy of his voting booth, he noticed something very strange: as he tried to submit his ballot, it changed. Again. And again. The electronic voting machine he was using kept switching his votes to Green Party candidates, and he caught it on tape. (Source)
October 22, 2010: Voter-Registration Fraud in Kentucky
The Clay County [Kentucky] Attorney’s Office has charged five individuals with felony voting registration violations during the 2008 general election. According to a news release this morning from County Attorney Brian Melton:
“The individuals charged were all convicted felons whose civil rights were taken from them based on their felony crimes and were not eligible to vote. Information was initially provided to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and County Attorney’s Office from a public interest group known as Minnesota Majority and the Minnesota Republican Party, alleging that several convicted felons had voted within Clay County.” (Source) and (Source)
October 26, 2010: Ballot Fraud by a County Commissioner in Alabama
Former Pike County [Alabama] Commissioner Karen Berry’s plea arrangement netted her a sentence without jail time for a felony conviction of absentee ballot fraud and first-degree perjury.... In the November 2008 general election, Berry submitted or authorized the submission of ballots she knew were improperly signed and not witnessed by a notary, according to court documents. She won the seat for County Commission against her opponent, Oren Fannin, by just six ballots.
In April 2009, Berry lied under oath about the ballots and obtaining them; then submitted them and knew they weren’t signed correctly or witnessed, court records show. In October 2009, in a civil case brought by Fannin, Judge Joel Holley ruled that Berry had won the November election illegally. Holley said that 10 ballots were cast illegally, and Berry lost her commission seat. At the time, Holley said someone in the courtroom had committed perjury during the testimony. (Source)
October 27, 2010: Concerns About Voting Machine Integrity in Nevada
A conservative watchdog group is calling on Nevada officials to intervene to ensure [that] SEIU workers who operate one county's voting machines don't skew the results to boost their endorsed candidate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. A contract between SEIU Local 1107 and Clark County – where voting glitches were reported Tuesday – makes the SEIU the sole union representative for, among other professions, voting machine technicians. Americans for Limited Government called the union agreement "positively outrageous" considering SEIU's political stake in the race. ALG has urged the U.S. Marshals, the state attorney general and the U.S. attorney's office to step in to uphold the integrity of the election. (Source)
October 27, 2010: Voter Fraud in Florida
Daytona Beach [Florida] City Commissioner Derrick Henry and his campaign manager, Genesis Robinson, were arrested Wednesday, charged with committing absentee ballot fraud during Henry’s 2010 re-election campaign, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.
The arrest of Henry and Robinson comes a little more than two months after Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall requested an investigation into irregularities in absentee ballot requests coming into her office. McFall brought her concerns to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in August, prompting the Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office to immediately launch a joint investigation that ultimately led to the filing of a dozen felony charges against Henry and Robinson. (Source)
November 2010: Vote-Count Manipulation in Ohio
This page shows Screen Shots indicating vote-count manipulation in the Boehner-Condit-Coussoule-Harlow Race for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 8th District of Ohio, for the Election of November 2, 2010. (Source)
November 2, 2010: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
Minnesota officials are investigating a citizen's allegations that mentally disabled voters in one county were coached by their attendants to cast their ballots for specific candidates, a county attorney told FoxNews.com. Montgomery Jensen, a voter in Crow Wing County, says he and his wife saw a group of mentally incapacitated individuals ushered through the voting process by mental health staff, who told some of the group who they should vote for and, in some cases, filled out ballots on their behalf, according to an affidavit filed with the county attorney's office on Monday, a copy of which was obtained by FoxNews.com.
Jensen suggested that the county officials processing the ballots were aware that some had been cast by mentally incapacitated people who may not be legally eligible to vote. "The whole issue here is that someone was filling out their ballots and it looked to me like they had no idea what they were doing or what was going on," Jensen told FoxNews.com. (Source) and (Source)
November 6, 2010: Suspected Voter Fraud in Nevada
Sen. Harry Reid has won reelection in a tightly contested battle with Sharron Angle. Angle, a strong supporter of the Constitution and small government, appears to have lost despite recent polling that had her up by as much as 3 points.
Reports of fraud and intimidation have circulated for weeks, with early voters complaining of rigged voting machines throughout Clark County. Residents of Clark County Nevada have reported that upon attempting to vote for Angle they found that Reid’s name had already been checked. This is not surprising as widespread voting fraud has been reported since the inception of the fraudulent electronic voting machines. (Source) and (Source)
November 8, 2010: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
Members of Students Organizing for America, a group of students aligned with the Democratic Party, may face a criminal investigation and possible felony charges after confrontations with an election judge over voter vouching during Tuesday’s election.
Ginny Gelms, the interim elections director in Minneapolis [Minnesota], said she will submit a report to the Hennepin County attorney’s office and the Minnesota Secretary of State‘s office today. The offices will investigate a possible incident of improper vouching. Gelms said she was told by the University Lutheran Church precinct’s chair election judge there were two incidents of individuals trying to vouch for people they did not personally know.
Vouching is a way to prove residence for on-site registration on Election Day. If someone doesn’t have a proper form of ID or a bill with their current name and address on it, a voter registered in the same precinct may sign an oath that they personally know that the individual is a resident of the precinct.
Provisions for vouching and same-day registrations are outlined in Minnesota statues and rules. Violating rules in the chapter on registration eligibility of voters is a felony.
The election judge at University Lutheran was told some groups were congregating outside of the church. After going outside to investigate, the judge came back inside and saw a group of "around 25 people" gathered close to the entrance, Gelms said. The judge walked up to the group and heard one woman "directing individuals, dividing up the group … and assigning vouchers to groups."
Gelms said the judge asked a woman taking one of the groups to the polling place if she knew the individuals with her and the woman replied she didn’t, Gelms said. The woman claimed she made a mistake and was just doing what Students Organizing for America told her to do, Gelms said. (Source) and (Source)
November 23, 2010: Voter-Registration Fraud in Several States (ACORN)
Yet another former ACORN employee was convicted of voter fraud last week. This brings the total number of convictions for former workers from the embattled group to at least 15 so far this year.
Kevin L. Clancy of Milwaukee [Wisconsin] pleaded guilty last week to participating “in a scheme to submit fraudulent voter registration applications,” according to Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. Clancy admitted to filing multiple voter registration applications for the same individuals and registering himself and other voter registration canvassers to vote multiple times while working on an ACORN voter drive.
Clancy received a 10-month prison term for his crime. Clancy’s sentence will begin when he completes another sentence he is currently serving for armed robbery.
So far 2010 has been a banner year for ACORN voter fraud prosecutions.
* In Milwaukee, former ACORN worker Maria L. Miles, who worked with Clancy, pleaded guilty to “falsely procuring voter registration.” She will be sentenced next month.
* Also in Milwaukee, Frank Edmund Walton was convicted of “falsely procuring voter registration.” According to Van Hollen, Walton solicited voter registrations while working for a group called the Community Voter Project. Court documents indicate that after committing the crime he became an ACORN employee. Walton will be sentenced in December.
* In Washington State, ex-ACORN canvasser Kendra Lynn Thill was convicted of voter registration fraud and given a 12-month deferred sentence.
* In Miami, Florida, former ACORN voter registration canvassers Maurice Childress, Kashawn John, Liltovia Rhodes, Carlos Torres, Evangeline Williams, Lilkevia Williams, and Richard Williams, were all convicted of “false swearing in an election.” All were sentenced to probation, community service, and forbidden to participate in political campaigns, according to the office of Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney for Miami-Dade County. In addition, Childress and Richard Williams were ordered to serve 72 days and 125 days in jail, respectively.
* Arrest warrants were issued for three other former ACORN canvassers in the Miami area who are apparently still at large.
* In Pennsylvania, former ACORN workers Alexis Givner, Mario Grisom, and Eric L. Jones, were convicted of voter registration fraud-related offenses. All three were sentenced to two years probation. (Source)
December 1, 2010: Voter Fraud in New Jersey
Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor today announced that 11 people have been arrested since yesterday in connection with alleged voter fraud schemes involving the May 2010 Paterson [New Jersey] City Council election [of Rigo Rodriguez]....
The defendants arrested today and yesterday, as well as Fermin-Cepeda, all allegedly acted as bearers/messengers for mail-in (absentee) ballots. The complaint summonses allege that the defendants tampered with mail-in ballots and/or voted mail-in ballots on behalf of voters who did not receive the ballots or who did not authorize them to vote for them. It is also alleged that [Belkis] Cespedes [one of those who was arrested] voted twice – once using her married name of Belkis Cespedes and once using her maiden name of Belkis Nunez. (Source) and (Source)
December 1, 2010: Voter Fraud in Idaho
The city of Coeur d'Alene [Idaho] is seeking around $36,000 in legal fees and costs from 2009 general election challenger Jim Brannon. Brannon has objected, claiming that the city doesn't have the legal grounds to request money from him since the election challenge wasn't frivolous.
Meanwhile, the Coeur d'Alene City Council may take action next week on whether the city will pay around $105,000 for Seat 2 incumbent Mike Kennedy's legal fees. All could be decided Tuesday....
Brannon had challenged the Nov. 3, 2009, election on grounds that illegal ballots had been cast, and sought a new election. The suit lasted nearly a year in the courtroom, and after a six-day trial, illegal votes for Brannon and Kennedy were tossed, leaving the incumbent winning by three votes. (Source)
December 27, 2010: Suspected Voter Fraud in Missouri
Incoming Speaker of the House Steve Tilley says he may refuse to seat a new representative from Kansas City [Missouri] because of allegations of voter fraud in the Democratic primary. Such a move would be exceedingly rare but allowed under Missouri law, and it would cast a bright light on a topic Republicans in Missouri have been pushing unsuccessfully for several years: the concept of requiring every voter to present a photo ID when voting.
Tilley was presented this month with a nearly 100-page document alleging widespread voter fraud from failed Democratic candidate Will Royster, who lost the primary in the 40th legislative district to John J. Rizzo by a single vote. Rizzo won the general election against a Libertarian candidate, and he said Royster's complaints are 'sour grapes." (Source)
January 3, 2011: Voter Fraud in Iowa
A former Morningside College [Iowa] student could be deported for claiming to be a United States citizen so he could vote. Christopher Mettin, of Germany, pled guilty to one of the two counts he was originally charged with and was sentenced to time already served, which was 52 days. Mettin allegedly checked a box stating he was a U-S citizen on a voter registration form. He's still a German citizen. (Source)
January 19, 2011: Voter Fraud in Oregon
An 81-year-old man who used the names of his deceased son and brother to vote was sentenced last week in Marion County [Oregon] Circuit Court. Lafayette F. Keaton of Portland pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements in violation of state elections law, said Andrea Cantu-Schomus, a spokeswoman with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. Keaton was sentenced to three months in jail, fined $5,000 and placed on a one-year post prison supervision plan, Cantu-Schomus said. (Source) and (Source)
February 2, 2011: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Arizona and Colorado
Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Attorney General Tom Horne jointly announce an indictment for voter fraud. This week Mr. Rodney Paul Jones was indicted for voting both in Arizona and Colorado in the 2008 general election, fraudulent registration and presentment of a false instrument. Voting twice (illegal voting) is a class 5 felony which is punishable by up to 2 years in prison and up to a $150,000 fine. (Source)
February 12, 2011: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
An Andover [Minnesota] woman, accused of voter fraud in the 2008 general election, faces three felony charges in Anoka County District Court. Barbara Ann Nyhammer, 51, 791 139th Lane N.W., is due back in court Feb. 24 on felony counts of voting more than once in the same election, false absentee ballot certificate and false statement in an absentee ballot application.
According to the complaint, records from the Anoka County Office of Elections and Voter Registration show that an absentee ballot was cast in the Nov. 4, 2008 general election for a voter, a 19-year-old woman listing Nyhammer’s Andover address and that same person had filed an application for an absentee ballot with the county elections office Sept. 24, 2008 with the ballot along with the ballot certificate being sent to the Andover address.
The returned absentee ballot dated Oct. 26, 2008 allegedly included a certification, stating that the voter showed the witness the blank ballot before voting in private, and signature of that witness, Nyhammer, and the identity of the voter and her purported signature.
However, the complaint alleges that the woman whose name was on the Anoka County absentee ballot had completed a state voter registration application in her name and listing a Mankato address in Blue Earth County Nov. 4, 2008 and cast a ballot at a Mankato precinct in the election that day.
Anoka County election records also allegedly show that Nyhammer voted Nov. 4, 2008 at her Andover precinct. (Source)
March 8, 2011: Voter Fraud in Arizona
As Arizona’s chief elections officer, Secretary of State Ken Bennett today announced another indictment of voter fraud. Last Friday, March 4th, 2011, Peter Canova and Gina Thi Canova of Scottsdale were charged with 15 counts of voter fraud including false registrations, illegal voting and filing false instruments. The violations are class 5 and class 6 felonies and each count is punishable by up to 2.5 years in prison.
According to court documents, Peter and Gina Canova both face charges of voting more than once in a single election by casting their ballots in the November 4, 2008 General Election in Maricopa County, Arizona and Douglas County, Nevada. (Source)
March 16, 2011: Vote Buying in Alabama
The Chairman of the Wilcox County [Alabama] Board of Education has been indicted by a grand jury on the charge of vote buying. According to District Attorney Michael Jackson, Clifford "Don" Twilley, the Chairman of the Wilcox County Board of Education was indicted by a Wilcox County Grand Jury for vote buying. The charge stems from an investigation into Twilley's conduct in the June 2010 elections in Wilcox County. (Source)
March 17, 2011: Voter Fraud in Illinois
A Filipino woman living in Grayslake [Illinois] was arrested and charged with 17 felony counts related to voter fraud Thursday after being accused of falsely pretending to be a U.S. citizen and voting nine times in elections dating back to 2003, federal officials announced. Maria Azada, 53, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, which worked with an investigator for the Lake County [Indiana] State’s Attorney’s office.
Azada faces charges of perjury, mutilation of election materials, and tampering with voting machines in connection with illegal voting by a non-U.S. citizen, according to an ICE news release.
Azada allegedly admitted that she had voted in an election in February 2009 while attending an immigration benefit. It is illegal for foreign nationals to vote in national or state elections in the United States.
“A subsequent investigation revealed that Azada allegedly voted nine times in primary, general and consolidated elections between 2003 and 2009,” according to the news release. According to the arrest warrant, Azada allegedly falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen on two Illinois voter registration applications.
If convicted, Azada faces up to five years in state prison on each of the two perjury counts. She also faces up to three years on each of the six counts of tampering with voting machines, and each of the nine counts of mutilation of election materials. She is also subject to deportation, according to ICE spokeswoman Gail Montenegro. (Source) and (Source)
April 6, 2011: Voter-Registration Fraud in Nevada (2011)
The defunct political advocacy group ACORN has pleaded guilty in a case alleging that canvassers were illegally paid to register Nevada voters during the 2008 presidential campaign.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday that ACORN defense attorney Lisa Rasmussen entered the guilty plea to one count of felony compensation for registration of voters. Under a deal, 12 other felony counts were dropped against the organization.
ACORN faces a maximum $5,000 fine, and under the deal, prosecutors will not argue at the Aug. 10 sentencing hearing. ACORN supervisor Amy Busefink pleaded no contest in November to two counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of compensation for registration of voters. She is appealing to the Nevada Supreme Court. (Source)
April 13, 2011: Voter Fraud in Illinois
A 49-year-old Swansea, Illinois man was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in federal prison following conviction on a litany of charges connected to tax evasion and voter fraud, US Attorney Stephen Wigginton said.
According to court documents, Michael Collins was found guilty of tax evasion for 2003, tax evasion for 2004, tax evasion for 2005, failure to file federal income tax return for 2003, failure to file federal income tax return for 2004, failure to file federal income tax return 2005, election fraud in March 2006, and election fraud in February 2008.
Collins will spend 50 months in prison, followed by three years supervised release. As conditions of the supervised release, Collins will be ordered to pay restitution to the IRS over $342,300. Collins is also prohibited from serving in public office, or from holding an elected public office, while on supervised release.
Collins gave a false address to establish eligibility to vote in East St. Louis, even though he lived in Swansea. He was even elected to be a precinct committeeman in East St. Louis after getting family members to sign petitions to get him on the ballot. Prosecutors said Collins falsely reporter his family members' addresses on the petitions. (Source)
April 19, 2011: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
A widespread voter fraud investigation has led to charges against 11 people in Washington County [Minnesota] with prosecutors saying more charges were forthcoming.
All of the people charged are convicted felons who had not been cleared to vote, with most infractions occurring during the 2010 election. But prosecutors said some charges went back as far as 2008. (Source)
April 19, 2011: Voter Fraud in Iowa
The Benton County [Iowa] Attorney said Patrick Lyons, 49, could legally vote in elections today. But he couldn't in 2004, 2005 and part of 2006. And it's what he allegedly did in those years that resulted in six felony charges filed against the former president of the Vinton-Shellsburg School District on Monday.
Vinton Police filed charges against Lyons following a report of voter fraud activity several weeks earlier. He's accused of voting in a city election in 2004 and school elections in 2004 and 2005 when he was a convicted felon who had not had his citizenship rights restored. Lyons was charged with three counts of Perjury of Statement in connection with voter registration and three counts of Election Misconduct. Each is a class "D" felony punishable by up to five years in prison. (Source)
May 18, 2011: Voter Fraud in Mississippi
The conviction of a Canton [Mississippi] man on voter fraud charges stands as a warning to other would-be offenders, according to Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest. Terrance Watts, 40, was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for his participation in two 2009 elections.
In 2005, Watts was convicted of forgery, which is a disenfranchising crime. He also had been previously convicted of the sale of a controlled substance.
In 2009, Watts voted by absentee ballot in the May 19 and June 2 Canton municipal elections for Alderman and mayor.
As a result of the investigation, a Madison County grand jury indicted Watts charging him with two counts of voter fraud. Each of those counts carried a maximum of five sentences. Watts pleaded guilty on Monday and was sentenced to five years on both counts, with the prison terms to run consecutively. (Source)
May 20, 2011: Voter Fraud in New Jersey
A secret army tried to steal the 2009 Atlantic City [New Jersey] Democratic primary for Mayor by falsifying ballots and holding a "shredding party" in which votes cast for the opposition were destroyed and replaced, Ronald Harris told investigators that August.
But jurors at the Atlantic City voter-fraud trial never heard that story. Instead, they watched Harris – in the words of the judge in the case – "virtually decompose on the witness stand."
On Friday, the man the state built its case around became the only one of 14 people arrested in the case to receive a jail term.
Harris, 25, of Atlantic City, was sentenced to 181 days in the Atlantic County Justice Facility, under a plea agreement that set the maximum at 364 days. He could avoid any time behind bars, however, if he follows the rules of a home-release program.
Harris and 13 others were arrested in September 2009, one month after he gave his statement that discussed a so-called "shredding party" in which ballots were allegedly steamed open and votes against City Councilman Marty Small destroyed. (Source)
June 3, 2011: Voter Fraud in Rhode Island
Agnes Mancini has worked for the Town of Johnston [Rhode Island] since the 1970s. She is now a part-time clerk in the Fire Department, but has served in various other departments as well, including Public Works, Tax Assessors and Building Maintenance. Mancini also worked for the Board of Canvassers, the department responsible for registering voters and conducting elections at the local level.
But last week, Channel 10 released an investigative report claiming Mancini lied about her residency in order to vote in Johnston. According to Randy Rossi, the finance director and tax collector in Smithfield, the 67-year-old Mancini signed a notarized affidavit that listed her full-time address as 69 Orchard Meadows Drive in Smithfield. Her voter registration, however, claims that she lives at 1193 Hartford Avenue, the address of Mancini’s Service Station, a business she owns with her husband Anthony. Both Agnes and Anthony Mancini registered to vote in December of 1997 from the Hartford Avenue address. (Source) and (Source)
June 22, 2011: Voter-Registration Fraud in Los Angeles
Immigrant-rights activist and former Santa Ana [California] schools trustee Nativo Lopez pleaded guilty today to one felony count of voter-registration fraud related to charges that he lived in Santa Ana when he registered to vote in Los Angeles in 2008.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan sentenced Lopez to three years probation and ordered him to complete 400 hours of community service. Seven remaining felony counts – including perjury, filing a false instrument and fraudulent voting – were dropped by Deputy District Attorney Ed Miller. (Source)
July 1, 2011: Voter Fraud in Indiana
The special prosecutor appointed to examine allegations of voter fraud against Austin [Indiana] Mayor Doug Campbell confirmed that he expects to review a completed Indiana State Police investigation by the end of this month and to decide then on any possible charges.
David Powell, the former Greene County prosecutor, also indicated Friday that the state police detective assigned to the case had spoken with several Austin voters in addition to four people who alleged irregularities in May's Democratic mayoral primary. (Source)
August 12, 2011: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
Authorities have charged four Wake County [North Carolina] residents with voter fraud in connection with the last presidential election. Twenty-six-year-old Kierra Fontae Leache of Pheiffer Drive in Raleigh, 46-year-old Shelia "Sheilia" Romona Hodges, also of Pheiffer Drive in Raleigh, and 25-year-old Brandon Earl McLean of Bethune Drive in Raleigh, allegedly cast two ballot votes in 2008. All three are registered Democrats.
According to arrest warrants, Leache filed a no-excuse absentee application on Oct. 29, 2008, as well as voted at the polling place on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Raleigh on Nov. 4. Leache later admitted to authorities that she did vote twice in the presidential election.
Hodges and McLean – who also is facing unrelated charges from this past June – both each participated in early voting at Chavis Heights Community Center in Raleigh and later voted on Election Day at their local fire department polling place, according to court documents. They also admitted to the charges. (Source) and (Source)
August 18, 2011: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
St. Louis County [Minnesota] Auditor election department records show that Brown voted in the November 2008 general election. According to the criminal complaint against him, Brown has been convicted of multiple felonies in multiple states. He told an investigator that his probation officer told him that he could vote because “no one checks up on it.’’ The probation officer was interviewed by police and said that he never told Brown such a thing. He said he typically tells probationers about their loss of such civil rights.
Lisa May Burleson, 34, of Hibbing, is accused of voting after pleading guilty to felony theft in 2006. She was placed on five years probation. According to the criminal complaint, Burleson told a Hibbing police officer that she had no idea that she could not vote and did not remember reading the probation agreement stating that she would lose her civil right to vote while on felony probation. (Source)
August 25, 2011: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
Five Wright County [Minnesota] residents have been charged with voting even though they were on probation for felony convictions at the time. Assistant County Attorney Greg Kryzer said the five were among several hundred names of suspected illegal voters sent in April to county attorney offices around the state by Minnesota Majority, an advocacy group that has been pushing for stricter laws on voter identification and fraud.
The five charged Wednesday were among 30 suspected cases that Minnesota Majority sent to Wright County. Three of those prosecuted are accused of illegally voting in the 2008 election, and the other two allegedly voted illegally in 2010. "These are the first we've actually charged ... that I know of" for specifically voting as a felon on probation, Kryzer said. More common, the prosecutor said, is charging felons on probation with registering to vote.
The five charged, all with felonies, are Douglas E. McLean, 22, of Rockford; Gregory L. Britton, 56, of St. Michael; Alan S. Case, 29, of Montrose; Nicholas M. Gessell, 26, of Big Lake; and Jacqueline J. Nelson, 49, of Clearwater.
Each was charged with being an ineligible voter. Case, Gessell and Nelson also were charged with felonies of fraudulently registering to vote while being felons on probation. Nelson and Britton were convicted of drug crimes. Gessell and Case were convicted of burglary. McLean was found guilty of making terroristic threats. (Source)
August 26, 2011: Voter Fraud in New York
Former Troy City [New York] Clerk William A. McInerney pleaded guilty Friday to a charge that he signed a voter's signature to a Working Families Party absentee primary ballot in 2009 to steer the vote to his Democratic Party candidates. ''I signed an absentee ballot 'Dametrias Banks,''' McInerney told visiting Greene County Judge George J. Pulver in Rensselaer County Court.
McInerney, 47, who pleaded guilty to one felony count of second-degree forgery, is the first person convicted in a ballot-fraud investigation that began in September 2009. Several public officials have been charged in the probe, and McInerney has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. He will be sentenced to 90 days in a Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department work program and avoid jail time. (Source)
September 7, 2011: Voter Fraud in Washington, DC
Andi Pringle, the new deputy chief of staff to [Washington D.C.] Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), is resigning, according to a source close to the administration. Pringle has come under fire for voting in the District primary last year even though she lives in Maryland. The source, who was not authorized to speak on the matter, said Pringle was giving Gray her resignation letter Wednesday because she believes she has become a “distraction” in the mayor’s office.
Earlier Wednesday, Gray (D) spoke publicly on the matter for the first time, saying that he was unaware that Pringle had voted in the District last year. He said he learned of the voting discrepancy in the media. He also said that he only recently learned that Pringle’s business license had lapsed in 2009. (Source) and (Source)
September 21, 2011: Efforts to Prevent Voter Fraud in Colorado
[Colorado] Secretary of State Scott Gessler today sued Denver's clerk and recorder, saying the law is clear that Denver cannot send ballots to inactive voters as it planned. The lawsuit stated Gessler was challenging Denver to "ensure the uniformity of election processes throughout the state and to reduce the potential for fraud."
Afterward, at a news conference at his office, the Republican Secretary of State said he is not taking aim at Denver because it is heavily Democratic. "If there was a Republican county violating state law we'd be behaving the same way," Gessler said. (Source)
September 29, 2011: Voter Fraud in Iowa
Former Vinton-Shellsburg [Iowa] School Board President will not face any prison time after pleading guilty to election fraud and perjury of statement. [Pat] Lyons was sentenced today in Benton County District Court. He was sentenced to five years and fined $750 plus costs on each count, with the prison sentences suspended. He was also placed on supervised probation for two years.
Lyons was charged in April for voting and running for election as a school board candidate even though he knew he was not eligible to vote or run for public because a previous felony conviction had made him ineligible to vote, and his voting rights had not yet been restored. (Source) and (Source)
October 12, 2011: Ballot Fraud in Indiana
Suspected fake petition pages to place Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the ballot during the 2008 Indiana primary passed through the county voter registration office on days when the Republican head of the office was absent, The Tribune has learned.
The pages in question bear the stamped signature of Republican Linda Silcott, indicating Silcott was not in the office at the time to sign the documents by hand. By comparison, most of the other, non-suspicious pages examined by The Tribune contain Silcott's written signature.
Meanwhile, 13 more St. Joseph County residents whose signatures appear on the petitions, including former South Bend Mayor and Indiana Governor Joe Kernan, have come forward to say they did not sign the documents, and the Indiana Republican Party has called for a federal investigation into the matter. (Source)
October 21, 2011: Voter Fraud in Indiana
Mike Marshall, the man in charge of soliciting absentee ballots in the re-election campaign of Jeffersonville [Indiana] Mayor Tom Galligan, resigned Friday after being indicted on vote fraud, perjury and forgery charges.
A Jennings County Grand Jury issued 66 indictments on Marshall, his son Christopher Marshall and a third Jennings resident, John Cook on Friday. The charges follow an investigation by the Indiana State Police, according to a press release from special prosecutor Aaron Negangard. The investigation stemmed from voter fraud issues regarding absentee ballots and applications submitted in Jennings County in 2010. (Source)
October 27, 2011: Ineligible Wards Voting in Crow Wing County [Minnesota] 2010 Election
November 1, 2011: Voter Fraud in Florida
Tallahassee [Florida] Regional Operations Center and the Tallahassee office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation today arrested eight individuals in connection with multiple voter fraud violations that occurred in Madison County’s District One School Board race last year. The investigation began in November 2010 after FDLE was contacted by the Department of State’s Division of Elections regarding possible fraud in the 2010 Madison County election. The complaint noted that the District One School Board race, which was won by candidate Abra “Tina” Hill Johnson, had an extraordinarily disproportionate amount of absentee votes.
The investigation revealed that Johnson and her husband, Ernest Sinclair Johnson, Jr., approached voters and obtained their agreement to vote, after which the voters were asked to sign an “Absentee Ballot Request Form.” Without the voters’ knowledge or consent, an alternate address was handwritten on the form, causing the ballots to be mailed to a third party rather than directly to the registered voters.
Abra “Tina” Hill Johnson, 43, was charged with 10 counts of fraud in connection with casting a vote, and two counts of absentee ballots and voting violations. Her husband Ernest Sinclair Johnson, Jr., 45, was charged with 11 counts of fraud in connection with casting votes, one count of corruptly influencing voting, and one count of perjury by false written declaration. Jada Woods Williams, 34, Madison County Supervisor of Elections, was charged with 17 counts of neglect of duty and corrupt practices for allowing the distribution of these absentee ballots, contrary to Florida state statute.... The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office, Second Judicial Circuit. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible. (Source)
November 22, 2011: Voter Fraud in Georgia
12 former Brooks County [Georgia] officials were indicted for voter fraud. The suspects are accused of illegally helping people vote by absentee ballot.
State officials launched an investigation after an unusually high number of absentee ballots were cast in the July 2010 primary election. "As a result of their grand jury findings 12 individuals were indicted in that particular matter and we will be trying that case in a court of judicial law instead of a court of public opinion so that will be pending this next year," said District Attorney Joe Mulholland.
The defendants include some workers in the voter registrar's office and some school board members. They are Angela Bryant, April Proctor, Brenda Monds, Debra Denard, Lula Smart, Kechia Harrison, Robert Denard, Sandra Cody, Elizabeth Thomas, Linda Troutman, Latashia Head, and Nancy Denard. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
November 22, 2011: Election Fraud in Michigan
A former operations director of the Oakland County [Michigan] Democratic Party pleaded no contest to charges that he committed election fraud when he attempted to get fake Tea Party candidates on the Michigan ballot.
Jason Bauer pleaded no contest to five felonies related to the scheme, which was an effort to split the Republican vote by putting people on the ballot as "Michigan Tea Party" candidates last November, without the candidates' knowledge. Bauer notarized affidavits for 12 of these fake candidates, and was scheduled to go on trial December 8 before he entered the plea, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Michael McGuinness, the former chair of the Oakland County Democratic Party, also pleaded no contest last month. He is scheduled to be in sentenced December 7. Bauer will be sentenced in January. Both face up to 14 years in prison. (Source) and (Source)
December 2, 2011: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
A Duluth [Minnesota] man charged over the summer with ineligible voting has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for a crime that usually results in probation. Antonio Vassel "Detroit" Brown, 48, was one of six people charged in St. Louis County with "voting while ineligible" in the November 2008 general election because they were convicted felons. Under Minnesota law, a person is ineligible to vote if their civil rights have not been restored after being convicted of a felony or of treason. Citizens also are ineligible to vote if they've been found legally incompetent or the court has revoked their right to vote.
The crime is a felony, but it's considered to be at the bottom of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines 1-to-11 severity scale: murder is an 11 and voting violations are a 1. While the maximum sentence is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, a conviction is likely to result in probation unless the ineligible voter has a record of several felonies....
According to the criminal complaint against him, Brown voted in the November 2008 general election. Brown was not imprisoned at the time and told an investigator that his probation officer said he could vote because "no one checks up on it." The probation officer was interviewed by police and said he never told Brown such a thing. He said he typically tells probationers about their loss of civil rights.
The only other defendant sentenced so far was given probation. Lavern Antoinette Bowman, 41, of Duluth pleaded guilty to voting while ineligible and was sentenced last month to two years of supervised probation and ordered to do 40 hours of community service. (Source)
December 6, 2011: Election Fraud in Maryland
A Baltimore [Maryland] jury Tuesday found Paul Schurick, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s campaign manager, guilty of fraud and related charges for his role in an Election Day 2010 robocall — a decision hailed by government watchdog groups who say that for too long dirty tricks have tainted Maryland politics.
The robocall, sent to thousands of voters as Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley swept to a re-election victory, was designed to suppress black votes by telling recipients to "relax" and assuring them that O'Malley had been successful even though the polls had not yet closed, the jury found. The call was scripted to give the impression it was coming from Democrats, not Republicans, jurors said.
The jury found Schurick guilty on all four counts, including election fraud and failing to include an Ehrlich campaign authorization line on the calls. (Source)
December 12, 2011: Election Fraud in Indiana
The chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party announced his resignation Monday, as investigators probe allegations of election fraud stemming from the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.
Dan Parker, who served for seven years, did not cite the scandal as a reason for his decision. But the uproar over possible fraud in a race for the White House has already claimed the job of one county Democratic Chairman, who sources say was forced out because of the allegations.
Numerous signatures on petitions that placed then-candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the party's primary ballot were allegedly forged and then certified by the St. Joseph County Voter Registration Office in South Bend. (Source)
December 21, 2011: Voter Fraud in New York
A total of four Democratic officials and political operatives have now pleaded guilty to voter fraud-related felony charges in an alleged scheme to steal a New York election.
Former Troy [New York] Democratic City Clerk William McInerney, Democratic Councilman John Brown, and Democratic political operatives Anthony Renna and Anthony DeFiglio have entered guilty pleas in the case, in which numerous signatures were allegedly forged on absentee ballots in the 2009 Working Families Party primary, the political party that was associated with the now-defunct community group, ACORN. (Source) and (Source)
December 30, 2011: Voter Fraud in Florida
Elections officials said a woman illegally filled out and cast two ballots at her [Florida] precinct during the Nov. 8 general election. Honora Boulahanis, 57, of the 2500 block of Buena Vista Boulevard, was charged Thursday with fraud in connection with casting a vote, a third-degree felony offense. She could not be reached for comment Friday. Boulahanis cast her ballots at Trinity Episcopal Church in the 2300 block of Pine Avenue. She and other residents were voting for three City Council seats and the referendum on the Vero Beach electrical plant. (Source)
January 17, 2012: Voter Fraud in New York (ACORN)
Michael LoPorto arrived at the Rensselaer County Courthouse in Troy, N.Y. on Tuesday for his trial, which accuses him of being part of a “massive” voter fraud scheme.... For a year now, LoPorto has steadfastly maintained his innocence, along with current Rensselaer County Democratic Elections Commissioner Edward McDonough, who refused to comment on the case Tuesday. They are the first indicted officials to be tried in a widespread investigation that has implicated eight Democrats, including county and city elected officials and party operatives. Four defendants have already pleaded guilty to a variety of charges, and what has already unfolded exposes just how easy it could be for political insiders to illegally manipulate the electoral system.
Voters told Fox News they never filled out absentee ballot applications for the 2009 Working Families Party primary, and were later stunned to learn the applications were, in fact, turned in to the Board of Elections, with ballots cast in their names. Democratic candidates routinely try to secure the Working Families electoral line to obtain more votes in the general election. The party was associated with the now-defunct community group ACORN. (Source)
January 20, 2012: Voter Fraud in Maine
Maine’s Secretary of State has levied new allegations of possible voter fraud and again called on lawmakers to address what he believes are deficiencies in the state’s election system. In an annual report to the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee on the state’s Central Voter Registration system, Charlie Summers said his yearlong review of voter registration data was troubling.... The data “suggests that a substantial number of noncitizens (over 150) may have registered to vote, and approximately one-third of that number may have actually voted in elections over the past few years,” Summers wrote. “I have turned this information over to the Attorney General for further investigation and to pursue whatever action he deems appropriate.” (Source)
January 21, 2012: Election Fraud in Michigan
Jason Bauer and Mike McGuinness, two former Democrat Party officials in Oakland County, Michigan, have been convicted on various criminal counts regarding their fraudulent attempts to add fake “Tea Party” candidates to the 2010 ballots, all in an attempt to steal the 2010 elections for Democrats.
Jason Bauer, a former Oakland Country Democratic Party official, was sentenced to one year of probation and $2,600 in fines for his involvement with a 2010 fake Tea Party scheme. Bauer is the second person involved in the plot to be sentenced. Former Oakland County Democratic Party Chair Mike McGuinness pleaded no contest in October to charges of perjury and forgery.
Zach Edwards, an Obama operative, has been arrested on Identity Theft charges. He (allegedly) stole the identities of Iowa's Republican Secretary of State and/or his brother in an attempt to manufacture a fraudulent email trail to use in an accusation of ethics violations. Zach Edwards was not a “nobody” involved in criminal activities. He was a major Democrat and Obama operative, and had been such for at least four years. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
January 23, 2012: Voter Fraud in Kansas and Colorado
Six individuals are suspected of voter fraud in the 2010 election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Based on a comparison of voting records between Kansas and Colorado, the individuals appear to have cast ballots in both states. The information has been turned over to the FBI for investigation.... The alleged individuals are suspected to be landowners in both Colorado and Kansas. (Source)
February 2, 2012: Petition Fraud in Wisconsin
An investigation Thursday night into recall petition fraud after a man's name is found four times on a petition against a state senator. TODAY'S TMJ4 talked to three people Thursday – who say their names were forged on petitions to recall Van Wanggaard [of Racine, Wisconsin], including a woman who wonders if her son forged her name. (Source) and (Source)
February 2, 2012: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Florida
Two elections supervisors are taking action after an NBC2 investigation uncovers flawed record keeping and human error allowing people who are not citizens of the United States to vote. No one knows how widespread this problem is, because county election supervisors have no way to track non-citizens who live here.
"I vote every year," Hinako Dennett told NBC2. The Cape Coral [Florida] resident is not a US citizen, yet she's registered to vote. NBC2 found Dennett after reviewing her jury excusal form. She told the Clerk of Court she couldn't serve as a juror because she wasn't a U.S. citizen.
We found her name, and nearly a hundred others like her, in the database of Florida registered voters.
Naples resident Yvonne Wigglesworth is also a not a citizen, but is registered to vote. She claims she doesn't know how she got registered. "I have no idea. I mean, how am I supposed to know?" Records show Wigglesworth voted six times in elections dating back eleven years. (Source)
February 4, 2012: Voter Fraud in Indiana
The top elections official in Indiana was convicted of multiple charges in a voter fraud case on Saturday, bringing uncertainty to one of the state’s most powerful offices. A Hamilton County jury found Charlie White, the Indiana secretary of state, guilty of six of seven felony charges: two counts of perjury and one each of false registration, voting in another precinct, submitting a false ballot and theft. He was acquitted of one fraud charge. (Source)
February 6, 2012: Voter Fraud in Alabama
The district attorney for Sumter County [Alabama] is preparing to look into claims of voter fraud. The concerns were raised by Sumter County's circuit clerk regarding possible fraud in absentee voting. Prior to the concerns being made public last week, District Attorney Greg Griggers said the circuit clerk had notified him about a possible problem with voter fraud. Griggers says his office is preparing to conduct an in-depth investigation. (Source)
February 7, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Washington State
A 35-year-old Glenoma [Washington] woman who emigrated to the United States from Ghana, Africa, is accused of voter fraud in Lewis County Superior Court. Marda Aglubi-Blomstrom is expected on Feb. 16 to enter a plea to one count of providing false information on an application for voter registration. (Source)
February 14, 2012: Voter Fraud in Texas
The voter fraud trial of former Dallas County [Texas] Justice of the Peace Carlos Medrano began this morning in Rockwall County – the first of three trials set against the politically powerful clan based on allegations of illegal voting and perjury. Carlos Medrano is facing trial along with his brother Frank Medrano III in a case that revolves around the votes of two young women, the daughters of Frank Medrano III....
The case revolves around allegations that two college-age women, Raquel Medrano and her sister, Veronica Medrano, illegally cast ballots in the March 2010 Democratic primary. The two lived in Mesquite but transferred their voter registration to a home on Douglas Street in Dallas, the Medrano family’s traditional power base, so they could vote for their uncle, prosecutors allege. (Source)
February 15, 2012: Voter Fraud in Massachusetts
A former candidate for Marlborough City [Massachusetts] Council was arraigned today on voter fraud charges for allegedly handing in an absentee ballot application at City Hall for a man who had died earlier in the year, Middlesex County prosecutors said today. Mark Evangelous, 51, of Marlborough faces charges of forgery, uttering, and violating absentee voting laws, District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.’s office said.
Prosecutors said that on Oct. 28 at about 9:45 a.m. Evangelous handed in a handwritten absentee ballot application that was filled out with the name of an 89-year-old city resident. The resident’s signature appeared at the bottom of the application; an area designated for indicating that the person needed assistance in filling out the form was left blank. A City Hall worker found that the resident on the application was not registered to vote and had passed away earlier in the year, prosecutors said. Marlborough police investigated. The defendant was indicted on Jan. 31. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
February 17, 2012: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration fraud in North Carolina
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has charged one person with voter fraud in Candor in Montgomery County and charges against other voters may be coming. Erik Ray Jackson, 24, a previous candidate for Candor police chief, was charged on Friday with fraudulent voter registration and fraudulent voting in the 2011 municipal election. The warrant states that Jackson registered to vote in Montgomery County on Oct. 4, 2011, and used the address of 305 N. Tomlinson St., Candor, the same address as Wayne Holyfield, a state trooper who was elected to the Candor Board of Commissioners last November and has been embroiled in a controversy over firing four of the five officers on the town police force.
According to the warrant, Jackson lived at 131 Young Drive, Lexington, at the time of the election and had lived there since Sept. 16, 2011. The warrant also says that Jackson voted in the Candor municipal election on Nov. 8, 2011, and was not a resident of Candor for at least 30 days preceding the election as required by law. (Source) and (Source)
February 27, 2012: Voter Fraud in Texas
Carlos Medrano was sentenced to 180 days in county jail, five years probation, and assessed a $2,500 fine. He will remain free pending the outcome of an appeal of the case after posting a $10,000 bond.
Judge Richard Mays has found former Dallas County [Texas] Justice of the Peace Carlos Medrano guilty of a felony charge that he illegally solicited the vote of his niece Veronica Medrano. He was found not guilty of wrongly soliciting the vote of his niece Raquel Medrano.
His brother, Frank Medrano, was found not guilty on two counts of perjury before a grand jury. The charges regarded statements he made about his daughters’ residence when they voted for their uncle, Carlos Medrano, in the March 2010 Democratic primary. (Source) and (Source)
February 28, 2012: Voter Fraud in Illinois
There's an old saying that we vote early and often in Chicago [Illinois]. But in Elmwood Park, there’s a new twist. People are coming back to vote long after they've moved away.
FOX Chicago News and the Better Government Association were able to identify Frank Cupello in person because he put his picture on his real estate website, talking about how much his family enjoys living in Lake County. Cupello also owns a giant home in affluent Kildeer, Ill.
But how can a guy who has lived in Lake County for nearly two decades can get away with voting, year after year, in west suburban Elmwood Park – 26 miles from his Kildeer home. Frank Cupello's parents, who live at the Elmwood Park address he's been voting from, didn't want to talk about it either. (Source) and (Source)
February 29, 2012: Voter Fraud in West Virginia
James A. Matheny, 61, of Midkiff [West Virginia] was arrested on charges of Assaulting a Federal Officer with a deadly weapon. The arrest was made late on Tuesday afternoon by FBI Special Agents from the Huntington and Charleston Resident Agencies, along with West Virginia State Police Troopers from the Hamlin Detachment.
The criminal complaint filed in connection with this case alleges that an FBI Special Agent and an investigator assisting that Agent attempted to interview Matheny in connection with the investigation of voter fraud relating to the 2010 Primary Election in Lincoln County. Matheny allegedly brandished a handgun and threatened to kill the Agent and the investigator. (Source)
March 1, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in New Mexico
A Republican voter in New Mexico is under criminal investigation for signing up his dog as a Democrat in a bid to highlight what he considers deficiencies in the state’s registration process. The probe, opened this afternoon by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, is targeting Thomas Tolbert, an Albuquerque man who appeared last night on a local TV news station discussing how he had used a phony Social Security number and date of birth to enroll Buddy, his three-year-old Labrador. The canine’s voter registration card–in the name "Buddy W. Tolbert"–arrived in the mail yesterday.
Tolbert, who was not named in the broadcast report, complained that election officials did nothing to confirm the validity of the registration, adding that he had no intention of voting in his pet’s name. He claimed that he was spurred to action after recently strolling across the University of New Mexico campus, where he passed individuals offering to “get voters registered.” According to the TV report, the man “decided he would see how easy it is to register with bogus information.” (Source)
March 4, 2012: Voter Fraud in New Mexico
The director of Sunland Park’s [New Mexico] senior center was arrested today on felony charges alleging she influenced two El Paso residents to illegally vote for Daniel Salinas in the March 6 mayoral election. Silvia Gomez, who is also a former Sunland Park City Councilor, faces two charges of false voting and two charges of conspiracy to commit false voting. Each is a fourth-degree felony, and she faces a maximum of six years in prison if convicted on all charges. She’s being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $50,000 surety bond. (Source) and (Source)
March 6, 2012: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
As Statesville City [North Carolina] Councilman Flake Huggins faces indictments against him, his colleagues on the council remain supportive. Huggins was indicted by a grand jury on Monday charges stemming from a voter fraud investigation.
“I think he’s innocent until proven guilty,” said Councilman Michael Johnson. “It’s a matter for the courts but (the indictments) will not impair my ability to work with Flake. I personally like Flake and I think this is a very unfortunate situation. I don’t think Flake has a malicious bone in his body and my hope is that he will be exonerated.”
Huggins, who represents Ward 6 on the council, is being charged with one count of common law aiding and abetting and one count of obstruction of justice, which are Class I and Class H felonies respectively. The charges are related to Huggins’ alleged knowledge of votes illegally cast by family members in the November run-off between Huggins and challenger J.D. Williams. Those family members – sister Rhonda Williams, brother-in-law Willie Williams Jr. and nephew Christopher Williams – were indicted for one count each of illegally voting. Christopher Williams was also faces an obstruction of justice charge. All of these charges are also felonies. (Source)
March 6, 2012: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in New Mexico
A former Sunland Park [New Mexico] City Councilor and a current city employee were charged today in the alleged voter-fraud scheme that has rocked the town. Priscilla Morales, the public works director’s secretary, and former Councilor Angelica Marquez each face fourth-degree felony charges of false voting and conspiracy to commit false voting. Morales was arrested outside city hall at about 6 p.m., an hour before the polls close in today’s municipal election.
District Attorney Amy Orlando confirmed the charges against the two women, which stem from allegations identified as part of Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s investigation conducted last week. According to Duran’s report, Marquez registered four people to vote at her own residence, including Morales, and another four at a residence next door.
None of those eight are Sunland Park residents eligible to vote in the election, Duran’s report states, yet some of them have voted. That includes Morales, an El Paso resident who is registered to vote in Texas but voted in Sunland Park on Feb. 17, Duran’s report alleges. (Source) and (Source)
March 6, 2012: Vote-Buying in Kentucky
Four Tompkinsville [Kentucky] residents were sentenced in U.S. District Court by Chief United States District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. on Friday, March 1, after pleading guilty to charges of conspiring to buy votes in the 2006 General Election in Monroe County.
Martha J. Hughes, age 49, Corey Page, age 31, and Michael Page, age 52, were each sentenced to two years probation and six months home detention. In addition, Corey Page and Michael Page were each ordered to pay a $2,000 fine. Todd Newport, age 29, was sentenced to two years probation, two months home incarceration, and ordered to pay a $500 fine.
According to the federal grand jury indictment, beginning in October, 2006, and continuing to the date of the general election on November 7, 2006, Tony Gumm, Martha J. Hughes, Jeffrey Todd Newport, William H. Proffitt, Corey Page, and Michael Page, conspired to pay voters to cast walk-in absentee ballots. The object of the conspiracy was to secure the election for Gumm and other candidates. At the time, Gumm was a write-in candidate for Monroe County Magistrate.
All six defendants have admitted to participating in this scheme in which voters were instructed to lie about their intended whereabouts on election day, and to falsely state they were blind, disabled or unable to read English and thus in need of assistance to vote. Members of the conspiracy would then accompany the voters into the booth to cast the voters’ ballot. The indictment specifies 17 voters who were paid $25 to $80 dollars for voting in the election. (Source)
March 7, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Alabama
Federal authorities prosecuted Venustiano Hernandez-Hernandez for Social Security fraud and theft of government funds related to his life under an assumed name in Baldwin County [Alabama], but they may have been able to add voter fraud, as well. Records from the Baldwin County Board of Registrars show that Hernandez-Hernandez is registered to vote under the name of Severo Benavidez, the name he used for almost 4 decades after slipping into the United States from his native Mexico in the 1970s.
The Perdido Beach resident pleaded guilty earlier today to federal fraud charges as part of a deal in which aggravated identity theft will be dropped. He also faces possible deportation. It is unclear whether federal prosecutors might pursue criminal charges against Hernandez-Hernandez related to voter fraud. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
March 15, 2012: Voter Fraud in Texas
More than a year since a state district judge ruled 10 Montgomery County [Texas] residents voted fraudulently in a Woodlands election, a grand jury last week indicted seven of those individuals for illegal voting. The indictments stem from the May 8, 2010, election of The Woodlands Road Utility District No. 1. Ten individuals listed their voter registration address as that of a hotel in order to take control of the RUD board. Former Montgomery County Judge candidate Adrian Heath heads the list of people charged with the third-degree felony. Heath declined comment, saying he was looking into hiring an attorney. (Source)
March 22, 2012: Election Fraud in Wisconsin
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Michael Henderson, of Milwaukee [Wisconsin], was convicted of election fraud arising out of the 2008 general Presidential election. Henderson was convicted of Election Fraud – Providing False Information to Election Official, a Class I felony. An additional count of Voting By Disqualified Person was dismissed against Henderson but read-in for the purposes of sentencing. At sentencing, Henderson was ordered to serve 30 days in jail. He faced a maximum potential penalty of three and a half years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. (Source)
March 24, 2012: Voter Fraud in Ohio and South Carolina
Ohio's top elections official has referred a case of potential voter fraud to the state's attorney general for investigation. Republican Jon Husted said Friday that an initial review by the Fulton County Board of Elections revealed that an individual appeared to have voted in both northwest Ohio and South Carolina in the 2008 and 2010 general elections. Husted asked Attorney General Mike DeWine to investigate. The county board told Husted the individual has been registered there since 2006. A person with the same name and personal information has also been a registered and active voter in South Carolina since 2002. (Source)
March 29, 2012: Voter Petition Fraud in New Mexico
The battle for a Bernalillo County [New Mexico] state Senate seat heated up on Thursday as Action 7 News learned of claims of voter fraud leveled against one of the candidate's campaigns. The campaign of District 26 candidate Jacob Candelaria submitted more than 150 signatures to get on the ballot.
But when Action 7 News showed up at a number of the listed addresses Thursday afternoon, some folks say they never signed the petition and that their signature was forged. At one household, a man found his name on the petition twice with two different style signatures and also found his wife's signature. (Source)
April 3, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Virginia
A Richmond [Virginia] grand jury on Monday indicted 10 convicted felons on charges of election fraud for allegedly lying on voter registration forms during the 2008 presidential election campaign. The grand jury indicted five men and five women on one count each of making a material false statement on a voter registration form, a felony. Commonwealth's Attorney Michael N. Herring said the charges stem from a statewide investigation by the Virginia State Police into allegations of fraud in 2008. Herring said each of those indicted spoke with a solicitor who was trying to get people to register to vote. In most cases, the person told the solicitor that he or she was a felon, and some of those indicted told a solicitor they therefore could not vote.
Herring said the solicitors told each person they could vote, which wasn't true. In some cases, Herring said, a solicitor told the felon that new legislation had restored the felon's right to vote or that if he or she was going through a process to have voting rights restored, he or she could vote. Each of the felons indicated on a form that he or she was not a convicted felon, Herring said. (Source) and (Source)
April 3, 2012: Forging of Presidential Primary Petitions in Indiana
Felony charges related to election fraud have touched the 2008 race for the highest office in the land. Prosecutors in South Bend, Indiana, filed charges Monday against four St. Joseph County Democratic officials and deputies as part of a multiple-felony case involving the alleged forging of Democratic presidential primary petitions in the 2008 election, which put then-candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Indiana ballot.
The officials are accused of taking part in a scheme to fake signatures and names on the primary petitions needed to run for president. Court papers say the plan was hatched by local Democratic Party officials inside the local party headquarters.
Among those charged is the former long-time chairman of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party, Butch Morgan, who allegedly ordered the forgeries. He was forced to resign when the allegations were first made public last October, even though his lawyer, Shaw Friedman, told Fox News at the time that Morgan did not do anything wrong.
The St. Joseph County Board of Voter Registration's Democratic board member, Pam Brunette, Board of Voter Registration worker Beverly Shelton and Democratic volunteer and former board worker Dustin Blythe also face charges. According to affidavits, St. Joseph County Voter Registration Office worker Lucas Burkett told investigators that he was part of the plan that started in January 2008 "to forge signatures on presidential candidate petitions instead of collecting actual signatures from citizens." (Source)
April 5, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Virginia
In a case that illustrates the need for stricter laws to clean up the election process, nearly a dozen convicted felons have been charged with voter fraud for lying on registration forms during the 2008 presidential campaign.
The crimes took place in Virginia, where ironically Democratic lawmakers opposing a voter ID law recently contended there was no evidence of election fraud in their state. Like their party’s national leaders and other assorted liberals, Virginia Dems claim such measures discriminate against minorities. (Source)
April 10, 2012: Voter Fraud in California
The first competitive election in Vernon [California] in years was thrown into chaos late Tuesday amid accusations of voter fraud before officials could begin counting the ballots.
A city canvassing board was set to tally the 53 ballots cast in the election at 8 p.m. when an attorney representing the Chamber of Commerce said he wanted to present evidence that seven voters didn't live in the city.
The board decided to hold a hearing on the allegations before the counting of the ballots for one City Council seat. Shortly after 10:30 p.m., challenger Michael Ybarra claimed a narrow victory, with 24 votes to incumbent Daniel Newmire's 19. But that result was likely to be challenged because eight ballots were disallowed and two others weren't counted.
In one of the disallowed ballots, the chamber alleged voter Gary Sabara Jr. actually lived in Buena Park. Frederic Woocher, the chamber's attorney, presented evidence gathered by a private investigator, including Sabara's Facebook page and an Orange County Register article that listed him as a resident of Buena Park.
Sabara, who was at the meeting awaiting the vote count, told the board he did not have a permanent residence and that he lives at several locations. "I come and go" at a house of a friend in Vernon, Sabara said. "Not having a whole lot of money, it's a gas situation." (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
April 23, 2012: Voter Fraud in Indiana
Four Democrat Party officials in South Bend, Indiana were indicted on April 2nd for allegedly forging voter petitions during the 2008 Democrat presidential primary to get Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and James Edwards on the state ballot.
Prosecutors allege the former long-time chairman of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party, Butch Morgan, hatched up and ordered the scheme.
During the Democrat Primary in January 2008, Morgan instructed St. Joseph County Voter Registration Office worker Lucas Burkett and three others how to forge the petitions using older documents. Burkett, along with St. Joseph County Board of Voter Registration’s Democratic board member, Pam Brunette, Board of Voter Registration worker Beverly Shelton, and Democratic volunteer and former board worker Dustin Blythe, were each assigned a candidate to forge signatures for.
Burkett, who blew the whistle on the operation, says he had “personally forged several such signatures.”
When Edwards dropped out of the race at the end of January 2008 and Burkett refused to continue the forgeries, Morgan allegedly ordered Blythe to then forge petitions for Barack Obama. Several voters, including Indiana’s former Democratic Gov. Joe Kernan, told Fox News their names and signatures that appeared on the petitions were not theirs. (Source) and (Source)
April 26, 2012: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
The Milwaukee County [Wisconsin] district attorney's office is investigating claims that three men broke the law last year when they registered and voted in the county. Voter registration applications from three men who listed the Glendale Residence Inn as their address is what sparked this investigation.
Search warrants obtained by TODAY'S TMJ4 shows the Milwaukee County district attorney's office is requesting paycheck stubs and bank statements from their home states to determine if they were and are legal Wisconsin residents. The three including Austin Thompson, who was arrested last year during an occupy protest, are accused of voter fraud by registering and voting even though they lived in a hotel. (Source) and (Source)
May 2, 2012: Voter Fraud in Texas
Just this week in Fort Worth, Texas, a Democratic precinct chairwoman was indicted on charges of arranging an illegal vote. Hazel Woodard James has been charged with conspiring with her non-registered son to have him vote in place of his father. The only reason the crime was detected was that the father showed up later in the day to vote at the same precinct.
[Artur Davis, who was a Democratic Congressman from Alabama] told me that the voter suppression he most observed in his 68 percent African-American district was rampant fraud in counties with powerful political machines. To keep themselves in power, these machines would frequently steal the votes of members of minority groups. “I know it exists, I’ve had the chance to steal votes in my favor offered to me, and the people it hurts the most are the poor and those without power,” (Source) and (Source)
May 2, 2012: Election Fraud in indiana
Prosecutors have charged that the Mayor of a small southern Indiana city tampered with absentee ballots during last year's primary campaign. Austin Mayor Douglas Campbell and a city employee surrendered Tuesday to face the felony voter fraud and conspiracy charges. They are charged with illegally taking absentee ballots from voters and that in one instance Campbell filled out a woman's incomplete ballot. Under state law, absentee ballots not mailed in can only be handled by election board workers. Campbell is a Democrat first elected Mayor in 2007. (Source) and (Source)
May 3, 2012: Voter Fraud in California
Moving swiftly after a judge dismissed its case, the district attorney's office refiled 24 perjury and voter-fraud charges late Thursday afternoon against Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes De Oca Alarcon.
The new charges make the same allegations as a case thrown out by Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy on Thursday morning, accusing the Alarcons of lying about living in a house in Panorama City [California] so that the councilman could run for his 7th District office.
Thursday's charges mirror the earlier indictment against Richard Alarcon, including two felony counts of filing false candidacy papers in 2006 and 2008, seven counts of voter fraud and nine counts of perjury. Montes de Oca Alarcon is again charged with three counts of perjury and three counts of voter fraud. (Source)
May 17, 2012: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in New Mexico
There is perhaps no other city in the country like Sunland Park, New Mexico The dusty border town minutes from El Paso, Texas, has been called "a city in chaos" by the state auditor, because a slew of public officials are facing felony charges that they ran City Hall like a personal piggy bank, tried to steal an election in order to remain in power and ruled the 14,000 residents through intimidation and fear.
The state is now moving to take over financial oversight of the city, as the council scrambles to try and name a new mayor. The explosive case even involves Mexican prostitutes, strippers and an undercover video of a mayoral candidate getting a lap dance from a topless woman. The video allegedly was used to try to force him to drop out of the race. Authorities say the extortion investigation has revealed widespread voter fraud and public corruption in the small city just south of the Rio Grande.
"It started with extortion charges, and from that it then led us to the voter fraud cases," says Dona Ana Third Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando, who is prosecuting the growing case. So far, her office has charged 12 people, many public officials and city employees, including 28-year-old Mayor-elect Daniel Salinas, who faces dozens of charges in four separate cases. He was barred from taking office, and the city has been without a Mayor since the election on March 6. Isabel Santos is serving as Mayor pro tem in the meantime.
The criminal charges against all the defendants range from voter fraud to bribery to extortion to conspiracy to kickbacks to blackmail. "The whole common scheme was to get Mr. Salinas elected," Orlando told Fox News. "It was all done to further Daniel Salinas and the other people who wanted to stay in control of all the money, all the resources, which just hurts all of the citizens of Sunland Park.”
Among the allegations are charges that city workers registered people who didn't even live in New Mexico and convinced them to vote for Salinas during early voting. In addition, absentee ballot applications were allegedly intercepted before reaching the City Clerk, so that Salinas’ opponents could not hand them out to their supporters. (Source)
May 23, 2012: Voter Fraud in Texas
Dozens of people packed into the Lorenzo [Texas] Community Center Monday night for the city's council meeting. The near-record turnout of about 50 people prompted city leaders to move the meeting to the Community Center because it had more space. But the crowd didn't come to watch the Mayor and new council members get sworn in for a new term. Instead, they were on hand to voice their concerns over irregularities in the recent election.
"I'm frustrated because I feel like the outcome could have been altered due to a lot of possible mistakes," Joanna Harvey said. Harvey ran for Mayor against Lester Bounds, who's been in office for nearly two decades. She was among the people at Monday night's council meeting questioning the outcome of the election. The race was close, Harvey received 96 votes, just eight[sic] votes less than Bounds' 103 votes. She's not unhappy about losing, but she does question the vote count. A KAMC investigation shows Harvey has reason to question her election.
We obtained a copy of the official list of voters filed with the Texas Secretary of State's Office by officials in Crosby County. That list says 187 people voted in the recent election. We also go a copy of the tally sheet used by election officials to count the votes. It lists 199 total votes for mayor. That tally sheet was canvassed and certified by the City Council on Monday night.
When Mayor Bounds was asked where the extra twelve votes come from, he said he didn't know. "We elect our judges and elect them to serve and that's all we can do as a council," Bounds said.
But the election judge hired by the City Council made notes of her own that make some question the election's outcome. One the side of the election sign-in sheet, the judge noted that twelve people voted twice in the election for Mayor. Despite that notation, the City Council certified the results as listed on the tally sheets. Other residents we spoke two said they experienced other irregularities at the voting booth, too.
Rowland and Jane King said two of their neighbors were given ballots for council races where they weren't eligible to vote. When they went to City Hall to question the validity of that, nobody could give them an answer. "My husband went down to city hall to find out why we couldn't vote and he couldn't get an answer," Jane King explained. "They told him to ask this one and this one didn't know and told us to ask that one and they said 'well, there's nothing you can do about it now, the election's over and the counts are in,'."
Joanna Harvey, who narrowly lost in her bid for Mayor, said other people called her wondering why they were being forbidden from voting in black or blue ink. According to the Texas Secretary of State's Office, it is illegal to require voters to use a pencil to vote. (Source)
May 23, 2012: Voter Fraud in Idaho
Election officials in north Idaho are investigating an incident of possible voter fraud.
This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that "no mistakes were egregious enough to affect the winners of each race," but polling station errors were discovered in Kootenai County's primary election results. Five precincts indicated discrepancies between the number of poll workers' ballot stubs and totals by optical scan equipment.
According to the Press, "one incident of voter fraud appears to have occurred at Precinct 39 [in Kootenai County], where a poll worker accidentally allowed a voter to vote a second time on Election Day, after already casting an absentee ballot."
Other errors included:
-Voters issued ballots in spite of missing information on their registration cards.
-A ballot from a precinct committeeman was discovered in a supply box, six days after the election
-Poll workers not following instructions they had received in training. (Source) and (Source)
May 30, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Wisconsin
Documents provided to the MacIver News Service by the New Berlin [Wisconsin] City Clerk in response to an open records request confirm that Peter Koremenos, a resident of the Linden Grove nursing home put his initials on a voter registration application and an application for permanent absentee ballot status in 2010. Records indicate that to date he has only voted absentee in the high profile November 2010 general and May 8 Recall primary elections, however. Absentee ballots sent to him for the April 2011 spring election and the April 2012 presidential preference primary and spring election were not returned.
Records show 15 individual Linden Grove residents requested permanent absentee voter status within a week of Mr. Koremenos, many on the same day in October of 2010. Presently, there are 13 registered voters, including Peter Koremenos listed as living at 13755 W Fieldpointe Drive in New Berlin, the address for Linden Grove
"In 1998, a former Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania, Ausitn Mruphy[Austin Murphy], was convicted of absentee ballot fraud in a nursing home, where residents' failing mental capacities make them an easy mark.” (Source)
June 4, 2012: Voter Fraud in New Mexico
Alcohol and voting do not mix, but that didn’t stop campaign workers in Rio Arriba [New Mexico] from offering people miniature bottles of whiskey while giving them rides to an early voting center. On the first day of early voting, 4 On Your Side watched some campaign workers and voters taking what looked like small bottles of alcohol from a cooler in the back of a truck used to shuttle voters to the polls.
To get closer, 4OYS reporter Gadi Schwartz and producer Peter St. Cyr disguised themselves as homeless people and spent two days walking up and down the streets, standing on corners, and even hanging out at an empty lot known to attract drug addicts and transients.
Eventually, a black Tahoe slowly approached St. Cyr. County employee Elias Fresquez, who is on leave from his job at a senior facility in Chimayo, offered him a ride to go early vote. St. Cyr climbed in the Tahoe and turned on a hidden camera built into a key chain remote.
Inside, St. Cyr was told he should vote for County Commissioner Alfredo Montoya who is running for State Senate against incumbent Sen. Richard Martinez. St. Cyr was also told to vote for Elias Coriz, candidate for Rio Arriba county treasurer, and incumbent County Clerk Moises Morales.
With the hidden camera rolling, St. Cyr asked for something to drink. “Do you guys having anything to drink or anything like that,” St. Cyr asked Fresquez. “Like Whiskey,” Fresquez responded. “Yeah,” St. Cyr said. “Give him a shot of Admiral,” Fresquez said to a man sitting in the back of the truck.
On the way to the polls, Fresquez, who has been arrested for DWI and is not licensed to drive, spotted a State Police car and pulled the SUV over. (Source)
June 11, 2012: Voter Fraud in Pennsylvania
The Monroe County [Pennsylvania] district attorney's office charged the embattled former Middle Smithfield Township golf course director with several counts of voter fraud Monday. Robyn Pugh was charged with perjury, false swearing in official matters and unlawful voting. She could receive up to 10 years in prison and fines of $20,000. The DA alleged that Pugh registered to vote in Middle Smithfield Township and voted there four times when she was actually living in Stroud Township. (Source)
June 14, 2012: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
The Racine County [Wisconsin] sheriff's department is trying to find out how election related documents ended up in a dumpster. The sheriff's department confirms they are investigating possible voting irregularities at the Cesar Chavez Community Center. They told TODAY'S TMJ4 they are looking into whether voter registration documents were tossed into a dumpster on Election Day.
The votes are tallied, and John Lehman won Senate District 21 by more than 800 votes, but this race is far from over. While Van Wanggaard has remained silent since election night, his campaign spokesperson says they are considering a recount because of rumored voter fraud. (Source)
June 19, 2012: Ballot Fraud in Arkansas
Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington has asked a state police investigator to look into suspected absentee ballot fraud in one Region 8 county [in Arkansas]. In a letter released by Scott Ellington's office, Ellington said although he has not yet received a file from the Mississippi County election commission, he wants the state police to look into the matter. Ellington said because he was a candidate on the ballot, he will ask the Arkansas Prosecutor Coordinator to appoint a special prosecutor. (Source)
June 20, 2012: Voter Fraud in New York
The commissioner of the state Department of Education is investigating election fraud accusations at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk [New York] School District. Superintendent Elisabeth Smith confirmed the investigation at Tuesday night's school board meeting after a resident brought up concerns with the district's May budget vote.
The vote approved a budget that raised taxes by 6.8 percent, but did not require a supermajority because of the expiration of a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with the Selkirk Cogen natural gas plant.
John Allen said he brought up concerns because he saw more than one person vote more than once at the May 15 election, saw students wearing "Vote Yes" T-shirts in the polling place and said the voting procedures were disorganized. (Source)
June 22, 2012: Suspicions of Voter Fraud in California
The federal investigation also appears to be looking at whether elections in Cudahy [California] were tainted by fraud. Two FBI agents served a grand jury subpoena to the City Clerk Wednesday asking for documents relating to the March 2007 and March 2009 City Council elections, including ballots and documents pertaining to absentee votes. (Source)
June 22, 2012: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
In March, Dan Shansky left Wisconsin for California to take a job with a union there, but that didn’t stop him from casting a ballot in the June 5th recall election. The community organizer, who lists the Milwaukee-based Community Action Now as a recent employer, was heavily involved over the past year and a half in the protest and recall movement in Wisconsin. Shansky’s Facebook comments announcing his new job and the move to California in March were greeted with congratulations by various liberal organizers employed by many of Wisconsin’s most high profile left-wing groups.
Wisconsin state law requires that before a person cast their ballot in a Wisconsin election they be a resident of the state. Specifically, residence is defined as the place “where the person’s habitation is fixed, without any present intent to move, and to which, when absent, the person intends to return.” [Wis. Stat. 6.10(1)]
Shansky’s move to California in March, nearly two months before the election, and acceptance of a job out there would almost certainly mean that he does not qualify as a Wisconsin elector and should not have cast a ballot. He no longer lives in the state and he does not appear regard his move as a mere temporary absence from Wisconsin. (Source) and (Source)
June 25, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Virginia
A grand jury handed down an indictment against Feda Kidd Morton Monday morning in Fluvanna County [Virginia] Circuit Court, formally accusing her of making a false statement on a voter registration form, Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeffery W. Haislip confirmed.
Morton, a biology teacher at Fluvanna High School, was arrested in March after a special prosecutor, Greene County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ronald Morris, requested the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox field office look into an allegation of election fraud in Fluvanna, VSP spokeswoman Corrine Geller said in a previous interview.
Morton, 59, of Scottsville, is accused of falsifying a petition of qualified voters form, which is used to collect signatures from registered voters in order to get a candidate on the ballot in an election.
The form requires circulators personally witness signatures added by voters to the petition. A circulator must also sign an affidavit on the form swearing that each signature was personally witnessed. Several witnesses testified and said Morton was not present when they signed the form. (Source)
June 26, 2012: Voter Fraud in Ohio
Robert Gilchrist, former director of the Lorain County [Ohio] Community Action Agency and Lorain city official, was secretly indicted on four counts of illegal voting. The charges stem from a complaint the Lorain County Board of Elections received about Gilchrist voting in the wrong Lorain city ward in the November 2009, May 2010, November 2010 and May 2011 elections. Gilchrist, 42, was booked into the Lorain County Jail yesterday morning, but was released on a personal bond of $10,000, Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said. (Source)
July 2, 2012: Voter-Registration Problems in New York
Representative Charles B. Rangel, for decades the unchallenged political titan of northern Manhattan [New York], is suddenly besieged. A week ago, he was celebrating his victory in a five-way Democratic primary in which he sought the nomination for a 22nd term in Congress. But now that victory — particularly significant because it came after Mr. Rangel was censured by his colleagues for ethical violations — is being overshadowed as his margin of victory has been revised downward and his main challenger questioned whether he had won at all.
On Monday, acknowledging the increasingly contested results of the election, the Congressman, 82, e-mailed his supporters, asking them to send him money to help him defend his victory in court. At the same time, the second-place finisher, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, for the first time publicly questioned the results, calling it a “phantom election.”
“We cannot have a Florida type of situation in New York State,” Mr. Espaillat said, referring to the much-disputed results of the 2000 presidential balloting in Florida. He spoke to reporters before visiting a senior center in Washington Heights, a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood where, he said, many voters were turned away last Tuesday by poll workers who said there was no record that they were on the voter rolls.
“I have received hundreds of complaints of voter suppression and voters’ being turned away,” Mr. Espaillat said. “We will go to court, and we will go to the final round. I am going to fight to ensure that every single vote is counted.” Some Espaillat supporters have gone even further in their assertions. His chief of staff, Aneiry Batista, vented on Facebook over the weekend, complaining about voters “turned away at their poll sites without explanation, poll watchers requesting ID to vote, B.O.E. officials hiding results,” referring to the New York City Board of Elections.
A national advocacy organization, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, called on Monday for the Justice Department to investigate the board’s handling of the race, saying it had received reports of Spanish-speaking voters’ being unable to receive Spanish-language assistance at polling sites and being either turned away or forced to vote by affidavit ballots. The group also said there were reports that longtime bilingual polling workers at sites in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx had been reassigned at the last minute, leaving a shortage of such workers in those areas.
Political consultants generally believe that Mr. Rangel’s victory in the 13th Congressional District is unlikely to be overturned. He is ahead by 802 votes, with about 2,000 absentee and affidavit ballots still uncounted, and there were five candidates in the race. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
July 4, 2012: Voter Fraud in California
When Luis Garcia and Daniel Cota decided to run for City Council in the small Southeast L.A. County town of Cudahy [California] in 2007, bad things started happening. Men followed them around town, they said. Their cars were vandalized with buckets of paint. Rocks and bricks were launched at Garcia’s window. It was the first contested council race in nearly a decade, and they lost by a few dozen votes.
In 2009, Garcia and Cota decided to run again — and things got worse. Late one night, a surveillance camera on Garcia’s home captured a car stopping nearby. A man crouched behind Garcia’s pickup and hurled a Molotov cocktail at the house. A pulsing white sheet of flame blinded the camera. The firebomb had bounced off a window frame and gutted the front of Garcia’s truck. “If it had gone through the window into my house, it would have burned with my kids and wife inside,” Garcia said.
Those two elections are now part of an FBI investigation into allegations of corruption at Cudahy City Hall. Three city officials — including Councilman Osvaldo Conde and Mayor David Silva — were arrested June 22 on charges of taking bribes from the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary seeking to open in the city.
The FBI, which has subpoenaed documents from the Cudahy City Clerk, declined to reveal specifics about the election fraud probe. But transcripts of wiretaps allegedly show that local officials believed they could control the outcome of elections.
In one conversation, officials talked about how a former city manager had handpicked council members whom he could “manipulate.”
In another, Angel Perales — the code enforcement director and the third official arrested last month — appeared to brag about engineering the results of the 2007 election. Perales said he could turn to “60, 70 people” to get Conde reelected or cast aside. Conde “would’ve lost by a 120 votes,” if Perales hadn’t taken action, he told an FBI informant. (Source)
July 6, 2012:
A former Charlottesville [Virginia] City Council candidate will spend 60 days in jail for using a false address on campaign filings. Media outlets report that [Democrat] James Halfaday received a five-year sentence Thursday in Charlottesville Circuit Court. But Judge Edward Hogshire suspended all but 60 days of the term. The judge also ordered Halfaday to complete 40 hours of community service. Halfaday pleaded guilty in August 2011 to a felony election fraud count. Prosecutors say he no longer lived at an address he listed on campaign paperwork that he filed for the 2011 election. (Source)
July 6, 2012: Voter Fraud in Texas
There are about 325 super centenarians in the country and 79th District Attorney Armando Barrera finds it hard to believe 18 of them voted in the Brooks County [Texas] primary in May. In a petition to contest the election filed Friday, Barrera lists 18 voters who were all born on either Jan. 1, 1900, or Jan. 1, 1901, making each of them more than 110 years old. “Can you believe it?” Barrera said. “Maybe they’ve found the fountain of youth.”
Armando and Homero Cruz are two men listed in the petition. According to Barrera, the two were both born on Jan. 1, 1900 and they both live at the same address in Falfurrias.
The 79th District governs both Jim Wells and Brooks counties. Barrera lost the May 29 election by 19 votes after a recount. The final tally put challenger Carlos Omar Garcia at 3,809 and Barrera at 3,790. The petition alleges voter misconduct and fraud.
“There were so many violations of the election code in Jim Wells and Brooks County, it makes you wonder if they’ve even read it,” Barrera said. (Source)
July 10, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Virginia
[In Virginia] a convicted drug felon who pleaded no contest Tuesday to illegally registering to vote in the 2008 general election later withdrew her plea after a judge – concerned about her sobriety – ordered that she immediately be tested for drugs. She failed, testing positive for cocaine.
Sheila J. Peterson, 53, who was convicted in 1993 of possession of cocaine, was set to plead no contest to obstruction of justice – reduced from a felony count of making a false statement on an election form on Oct. 3, 2008. Under the terms of a plea agreement, she was to be sentenced to 90 days in jail with 86 suspended and would be able to serve the time on weekends. (Source)
July 12, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Arizona
A former candidate for Mohave County [Arizona] Sheriff was charged on felony counts for claiming to be a resident of the county when he actually was not. Michael David Hays of Flagstaff was charged in Kingman Justice Court on four counts of voter fraud. The first count stated that on March 11, 2010, Hays allegedly made fraudulent statements about his residence on a voter registration form. The second count stated that on Jan. 22, 2011, he allegedly made fraudulent statements on the form. (Source)
July 12, 2012: Election Fraud in California
Cudahy [California] officials at the city's highest levels tampered with and manipulated the results of at least two city elections, according to federal documents released Thursday. The documents were part of the plea agreements of two Cudahy city officials who agreed to plead guilty Thursday to bribery and extortion.
But the documents also shed light on a culture of corruption within City Hall, with examples of widespread bribery and developer payoffs to voter fraud. “The very definition of democracy is that all those qualified as voters have the opportunity to cast their votes and to have those votes counted,” Assistant U.S. Atty. Joseph Akrotirianakis said.
Details of the election fraud were spelled out by Angel Perales, the city's former interim city manager and code enforcement director. Perales and former Mayor David Silva have agreed to plead guilty to bribery and extortion.
The documents show that a city official identified only as G.P. asked Perales and others to make non-residents register to vote in elections. They used an address that belonged to a Cudahy city employee. In exchange, that employee was rewarded with promotions and other favorable treatment, the documents say.
In addition, the city officials tossed out ballots that did not favor incumbents. Perales said that when absentee ballots were delivered to City Hall, he and G.P. determined through "trial and error" the best way to open the sealed envelopes without defacing them. "Routinely and systematically," they opened the ballots. If they contained votes in favor of incumbents, they were resealed and counted. Ballots for non-incumbents were discarded.
The same process was used during the 2009 election, the documents said. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
July 13, 2012:
Four more people, including a brother and niece of a former City Councilor, were charged Friday in the Sunland Park [New Mexico] election fraud case. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
July 19, 2012: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
In recent weeks, opponents of voter ID laws have escalated their attacks on the measures by claiming the common sense requirement that a voter be able to identify him or herself at the polls is a new form of Jim Crow. But because the measure applies equally to everyone and the Supreme Court has ruled such laws are constitutional, their charges have more to do with inciting racial discord than actually affirming the right to vote. At the same time, others are seeking to undermine the entire premise of voter ID advocates by claiming there is no such thing as voter fraud in the United States. That’s the conceit of a piece in the Daily Beast today that repeats the charge made by liberal and Democratic foes of the laws that there is no evidence of voter fraud going on anywhere in the country.
But on the same day the Daily Beast piece was published, evidence surfaced that union officials in Wisconsin have been subpoenaed in an investigation of, you guessed it, voter fraud. As the Washington Free Beacon reports, the DA’s office demanded the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) hand over records that relate to the conduct of their officials who may have voted in the city earlier this year while using a Marriott hotel as a residence and using out of state IDs. The Wisconsin legislature passed a photo ID law, but state courts have blocked its enforcement, so the lack of such a requirement and a same day registration process makes it easy for anyone, including those who aren’t legally qualified to vote there, to cast a ballot. All of which makes a good argument for exactly the laws liberals tell us are not only racist but also unnecessary. (Source)
July 20, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Wisconsin
A 41-year-old Wisconsin Rapids [Wisconsin] man who was convicted of a felony in 2009 faces a new felony charge after authorities say he voted in the June 5 recall election. Brice E. Liezen is charged with voter registration fraud. The charge carries a repeat offender enhancer that means he has previous convictions but not necessarily for the same crime. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 31/2 years in prison, plus an additional four years in prison for the repeat offender enhancer. (Source)
July 20, 2012: Voter Fraud in Arkansas
A special prosecutor has been appointed to handle a case involving allegations of voter fraud in Mississippi County [Arkansas]. The Jonesboro Sun reports that H.G. Foster will serve as special prosecutor in the case involving ballots cast in the June 12 runoff election. Prosecutor Scott Ellington requested a special prosecutor in the case, citing his own conflict of interest. Ellington was on the runoff ballot for the Democratic nomination for the 1st Congressional District. Ellington won the runoff by fewer than 300 votes. The Mississippi County Election Commission says three ballots have been sent to the prosecutor for review. (Source)
July 23, 2012: Voter Fraud in Michigan
Mark Maiuri has filed lawsuits against Macomb [Michigan] Township Clerk Michael Koehs and Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, citing election fraud and violation of the Freedom of Information Act.
A Macomb Township resident has filed a lawsuit against the county and Macomb Township clerks that challenges the validity of more than 50 signatures on supervisor candidate Janet Dunn's nominating petitions and alleges wrongful denial of a Freedom of Information Act request.
Maiuri claims that from May 15, when he began his own investigation of Dunn's nominating petitions, and the present he has uncovered "extensive fraud." (Source)
July 25, 2012: Suspected Voter Fraud in Virginia
The Voter Participation Center, the organization whose mailings are under scrutiny, fired back this afternoon at the Romney campaign. In a letter to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, it charged that what it called attempts by the Romney campaign to block voter registration efforts in Virginia “may rise to the level of interference with legitimate voter registration efforts contrary to applicable state and federal laws." The organization asked Cuccinelli to refuse the Romney campaign's request to investigate what it called "completely lawful efforts by the VPC to register Virginians."
“The Romney campaign’s request for a probe into over 15 thousand returned legal and state-approved registration application forms is part of a blatant and ongoing partisan effort to keep people from voting, “ said VPC founder and president Page Gardner. (Source)
July 25, 2012: Vote-Buying in Kentucky
Three people from Breathitt County [Kentucky] who were involved in a vote buying scheme in a 2010 magistrate's race are expected to be sentenced. Naomi Johnson, Jackie Jennings, and Earl Young all pleaded guilty or were convicted in the case. Their sentencing is set for tomorrow at 1pm in Lexington. Former Breathitt County Schools Superintendent Arch Turner also pleaded guilty to federal vote buying charges. He will be sentenced on October 24th. (Source)
July 26, 2012: Voter Fraud in Arizona
A Pinal County [Arizona] supervisor candidate has withdrawn from the race in the wake of voter-fraud allegations involving a former companion who, records show, has continued to vote by absentee ballot in the five years since her death. (Source)
July 26, 2012: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in New Mexico
Two more people have been charged in connection to alleged voter fraud in a New Mexico border town. Authorities say 56-year-old Luz Vargas registered El Paso, Texas, resident Mary Ann O'Brien to vote in Sunland Park's municipal election in March. They were charged Wednesday with false voting, conspiracy to commit false voting, registration offenses, falsifying election documents and false swearing.
The Las Cruces Sun reports that Vargas serves as director of the town's library. O'Brien told investigators that Vargas approached her in Sunland Park and told her it was OK to register and vote in New Mexico as long as she didn't also vote in El Paso.
At least seven other people are facing voter fraud charges related to the election, including a former City Councilor and the former senior center director. (Source)
July 27, 2012: Suspected Voter Fraud in Hawaii
The FBI has gotten involved in an investigation into allegations of voter fraud on the Big Island, sources told Hawaii News Now Friday. The elections office in Hilo run by Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi shut down Monday for what she called an "audit" less than three weeks before the primary election, without further explanation.
That raised concern among politicians and other elections officials in the state, especially since for the last five days, Kawauchi has not returned State Elections Officer Scott Nago's calls to brief him on problems in her office. About one week ago, state officials received reports about possible voter fraud on the Big Island, allegations that someone was doctoring absentee ballots, sources said. (Source)
July 30, 2012: Voter Fraud in Texas
Esiquiel Silva joined the Citizens Against Voter Abuse because he said his father was almost victimized. He claims the elderly man was almost forced into a van headed to the polls to vote for a certain candidate. Silva said it all happened while his father was at an adult day care in Brownsville [Texas]. Silva said the elderly have the right to vote, without being pressured.
"When you're just there for one specific reason, that to me is abuse because they don’t care about them throughout the year,” Silva said. “They only care for them for that day, and that is to take them to vote and then coach them how to vote."
These are some of the issues CAVA is hoping to bring to light. Ruben Peña, one of the group’s founders, said there needs to be more resources available to better train poll judges, workers and watchers, as well as voters to ensure elections are not tainted.
"We're seeing an exponential growth in what we believe to be voter fraud in Cameron County,” Peña said. “We've seen a growth in mail-in ballots (from a) minor number in the primaries (Source)
August 2, 2012: Voter Fraud in Florida
A Hialeah [Florida] boletera at the center of a weeklong absentee-ballot investigation that muddied the Miami-Dade mayor’s race was arrested Thursday after police say she fraudulently obtained an absentee ballot from a terminally ill woman in a nursing home.
Deisy Penton de Cabrera, 56, was charged with absentee-ballot fraud, a third-degree felony, and two misdemeanor counts of violating a county ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to possess more than two ballots belonging to other voters. Investigators say Cabrera illegally collected at least 31 absentee ballots for the Aug. 14 primary election. (Source) and (Source)
August 2, 2012: Suspected Voter Fraud in Texas
Upshur County [Texas] GOP Chairman Ken Ambrose has filed a new complaint with the Texas attorney general regarding potential voter fraud in the county’s primary election.
“It has come to the attention of the Upshur County Republican Party that several individuals claiming residence in Upshur County and voting in the recent primary may or may not be qualified to vote as residents of this county,” Ambrose said. “To ensure the quality of the electorate, this matter has been referred to the office of the attorney general for their review.”
Ambrose said at least six people participated in early voting for the May 29 Republican Primary with “questionable” addresses. (Source)
August 2, 2012: Voter Fraud in Texas
A supporter of Lubbock County [Texas] Commissioner Gilbert Flores filed an official complaint with Lubbock County Elections Administrator Dorothy Kennedy and the state claiming voter fraud and wrongdoing by poll workers and the campaign of Lorenzo Bubba Sedeno. Sedeno defeated Flores Tuesday night in the Democratic runoff election for county commissioner precinct three.
Political activist Armando Gonzales says in his letter to Kennedy that there was suspect activity both during the early vote and on Election Day. He claims voters were unduly influenced on their way to the polls and at the voting booth.
"So when you have a narrow margin like 19 votes, and then you have this suspect activity going on, you have to do something. I don't think it's a clean, honest election,” said Gonzales. Gonzales asked that the election be nullified and that a new election be ordered. Copies of the letter were sent to the Texas attorney general, the ethics commission and Lubbock County Judge Tom Head. (Source)
August 3, 2012: Voter Fraud in California
Local Republican officials on Thursday filed a voter fraud complaint against Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney, alleging he violated the elections code by voting as a Stockton [California] resident while living in Pleasanton.
Garry Duncan, chairman of the San Joaquin County Republican Party, submitted the complaint to the county registrar of voters and the Secretary of State's Election Fraud Investigation Unit, a news release said.
A Record investigation found McNerney registered and voted in the primary election in Stockton, though his main residence appears to be in Pleasanton. McNerney's Republican rival, Ricky Gill, alleges the Congressman violated the Elections Code. (Source)
August 9, 2012: Voter Fraud in Alabama
You’ve probably never heard of Greene County, Alabama. Yet this small county of 9,000 people in western Alabama, about an hour from Tuscaloosa, was home to one of the biggest voter-fraud scandals in recent history. Corrupt incumbents devised an elaborate scheme to rig the election using absentee ballots. When they prevailed on Election Day, skeptical citizens began asking questions. A subsequent investigation and trial led to the convictions of 11 people involved in the plot. (Source)
August 9, 2012: Voter Fraud in Washington State and Connecticut
In the 2004 Washington State Governor’s race, the Republican’s early lead was overcome by the miraculous discovery of previously uncounted ballots squirreled away in the Democratic stronghold of Seattle, handing the election to the Democrat.
In the close Governor’s race in Connecticut in 2010, a mysterious shortage of ballots in Bridgeport kept the polls open an extra two hours as allegedly blank ballots were photocopied and handed out in the heavily Democratic city. Dannel Malloy defeated Republican Tom Foley by nearly 7,000 votes statewide — but by almost 14,000 votes in Bridgeport. (Source) and (Source)
August 9, 2012: Voter Fraud in West Virginia
A third former West Virginia county official pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge arising from a scheme to sway a 2010 Democratic primary with fraudulent absentee ballots. Ex-Lincoln County Commissioner Thomas Ramey Jr. pleaded guilty to lying to an FBI agent investigating the plot. U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston set a Nov. 15 sentencing hearing for the 32-year-old Democrat, who faces up to five years in prison and a fine. Ramey remains free on bond.
Ramey admitted that he lied in a Feb. 7 interview to conceal his role in arranging for the altering of around 20 absentee ballot applications he had filed on behalf of county voters, a document filed as part of his July 5 plea agreement said.
Ramey had conspired with Lincoln County Sheriff Jerry Bowman and Clerk Donald Whitten to flood their party's primary with absentee ballots, the filing said. Whitten was campaigning for another term in the Democrat-dominated county, where that party's primary winners typically prevail the following November. Unable to run for sheriff again this year because of term limits, Bowman was running for circuit clerk in 2010 while Ramey had been appointed commissioner and sought election to keep the seat. (Source) and (Source)
August 9, 2012: Election Fraud in Michigan
Four staff members of former [Michigan] GOP Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s office will be charged with misdemeanor and felony election fraud violations, including forgery and conspiracy on ballot petitions, after an investigation that prompted the five-time incumbent Congressman and one-time presidential candidate to resign in July.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the charges in a scathing report released Thursday morning. In it, he said Mr. McCotter’s staff had “lost its moral compass” and shown indifference to the election process, calling their actions “disgraceful.”
Mr. Schuette did not finger the former lawmaker as responsible, but called Mr. McCotter “asleep at the switch” as his staff undermined his credibility — and broke the law — in an “amateurish” way. (Source) and (Source)
August 10, 2012: Voter Fraud in Florida
The uncle of Hialeah’s [Florida] former Mayor was arrested Friday as part of a broad voter-fraud investigation, after police say he filled out two absentee ballots with his own choices, not those of the voters involved, including a woman with dementia.
Sergio Robaina, 74, turned himself in Friday afternoon. He was briefly held at Ward D of Jackson Memorial Hospital, where inmates receive medical treatment, before posting a nominal bond Friday evening. His nephew is former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina.
Sergio Robaina was charged with two felony counts of voter fraud for allegedly filling out the two ballots in a way that did not match the voters’ intentions. He also faces two counts of violating a county ordinance by possessing more than two absentee ballots belonging to others.
Robaina admitted to police he picked up the ballots of seven or eight other people, according to an arrest affidavit, and told police that “he will continue to do it.”
Robaina is the second ballot broker arrested as part of the investigation, which has brushed the political campaigns of the Miami-Dade Mayor and state attorney, and the office of a sitting county commissioner. (Source) and (Source)
August 14, 2012: Efforts to Defend Voter-Registration Fraud in Florida and Iowa
Watching the litigation strategy of radical advocacy groups is very revealing. The Justice Department lost in its initial bid to get a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit it filed in Florida to stop state election officials from removing non-citizens from Florida’s voter-registration lists. Now, the ACLU and LULAC (the League of United Latin American Citizens) have filed a similar suit in Iowa to try to stop a new program put in place by the Secretary of State, Matt Schultz, which will compare Iowa’s list of 2.1 million registered voters with state and federal lists of foreign nationals living in Iowa. Any registered voters who are flagged would then be investigated to determine if they are non-citizens who are ineligible to vote.
Liberals really seem intent on winning the upcoming election at any cost — including trying to make sure that non-citizens who have, by registering to vote, committed a federal felony stay on the rolls so they can commit a second felony by voting in November. (Source)
August 14, 2012: Efforts to Curtail Voter Fraud in Iowa
A top Senate Democrat on Tuesday criticized Iowa’s Republican Secretary of State for “undermining” the voting rights of Iowans by enacting emergency rules to purge foreign nationals from the state’s voter registration list and make it easier to file allegations of voter fraud. (Source)
August 14, 2012: Voter Fraud in Massachusetts
The district attorney in Hampden County [Massachusetts] is investigating whether a Republican candidate for state representative orchestrated an illegal scheme to cast absentee ballots on behalf of hundreds of voters in hope of winning a primary election.
State election officials were tipped off to the potential voter fraud when a suspiciously large number of residents of the Springfield suburb of East Longmeadow suddenly changed party registration from Democrat to independent, making them eligible to vote in the upcoming Republican primary.
When contacted, several of the voters said they had not changed party affiliations, raising concern that someone had switched their party in an attempt to cast fraudulent absentee ballots on their behalf. (Source) and (Source)
August 15, 2012: Forging Signatures on Petitions in Ohio
A former Ohio University student was in jail in Hamilton County [Ohio] Wednesday, facing multiple felony counts for allegedly forging 22 signatures on a petition for the redistricting amendment to the Ohio Constitution. He faces an additional criminal charge for having allegedly signed his own name with a false address.
Timothy Noel Zureick, 21, allegedly faked the signatures while he was working in Athens for a major Washington, D.C., political canvassing firm. The signatures he allegedly forged, according to Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn, included those of OU College Democrats and prominent members of the county's Democratic Party. According to Blackburn, Zureick had some involvement with the College Dems, though it's not clear how extensive this was, or how long ago. (Source)
August 16, 2012: Calls for Permitting Everyone to Vote by Absentee Ballot
Democrats have spent much political energy this election season trying to churn the waters about state voting procedures, with the Obama Justice Department challenging voter ID laws it says are schemes to suppress voting. In Ohio, the tables are turned, with the Obama campaign trying to shut down a law that allows early voting for military members.
Yesterday a federal judge in Columbus, Ohio heard arguments in the Obama campaign's lawsuit challenging the law. The campaign isn't trying to suppress military voting, Obama campaign attorney Bob Bauer has said, but having different rules for Servicemen and women violates the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause. The solution should be to allow absentee voting for everyone. (Source)
August 21, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Virginia
Hans A. von Spakovsky writes: “I've never understood why the NAACP is so set against voters having to show a photo ID when they vote, but a recent incident suggests one possibility. An election official I know in Virginia recently received a pre-completed voter registration form in the mail from the Virginia NAACP headquarters in Richmond. The form was addressed to the election official’s dog, Crease, but with the election official’s last name.... [T]he voter registration form already had Crease’s name and address printed on it and the NAACP says that its 'records show that you are eligible to vote in the 2012 presidential election.' The NAACP asked Crease to 'please fill in' the rest of the form because 'registering to vote is easy' – even for dogs.” (Source)
August 23, 2012: Voter Fraud in Rhode Island
Among the many individuals who impersonated voters in Rhode Island during the 2010 election cycle, there was one that really stood out. That was the year Democratic Mayor David Cicilline of Providence, Rhode Island, ran for and won the seat Congressional seat vacated by Rep. Patrick Kennedy. A key witness who claims she was hired by Cicilline in 2010 alleges in sworn statement that several individuals impersonated actual voters, and voted in disguise. Here is where it gets very creative.
"That afternoon I identified individuals who had voted in disguise, including cross-gender clothing, earlier in the day," the witness said. "This included a currently powerful leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives."
U.S. Rep. David Cicilline's political campaigns benefitted from a highly organized voter-fraud effort dating back to 2002, his Democratic primary opponent alleged in a press conference yesterday. (Source)
August 24, 2012: Voter Fraud in the U.S.
Liberals who frequently claim that there is no such thing as voter fraud or ballots cast by ineligible voters were served yet another dose of reality by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals this week. On August 22, the court released two decisions concerning noncitizens who registered and voted illegally in federal elections.
In Kimani v. Holder, the court refused to grant review of an immigration petition. Kimani was a citizen of Kenya who entered the U.S. in 2000 on a visitor’s visa. He did not leave when the visa expired. Instead, three years later, he got married, and his wife applied for a visa on his behalf. In addition to the fact that he stayed in the U.S. illegally after his visa had expired, he also violated federal law by registering and voting in the 2004 general election. If he had simply continued to reside in the U.S. illegally without applying for a visa, his voting would probably have never been discovered by DHS. It was only his application that led to an investigation of his voting and registration records.
Similarly, in Keathley v. Holder, Elizabeth Keathley, a Philippine citizen, married an American in 2003 in the Philippines. She received a nonimmigrant visa that allowed her to live in the U.S. while waiting for her application for permanent residence to be considered. But she also registered and voted in the 2006 general election. The Court did grant her a review based on her unsupported claim that an Illinois DMV official told her it was ok to register and vote. (Source)
August 24, 2012: Voter Fraud in Alabama
Two women were jailed Friday in Phenix City [Alabama] on charges they forged absentee ballot applications ahead of next week’s municipal election, authorities said, continuing a long history of absentee voting irregularities. Shelia Pritchett, 50, of Phenix City, was charged with two counts of second-degree forgery and two counts of absentee ballot fraud. Stephanie Elias, 31, of Columbus, was charged with four counts of second-degree forgery and four counts of absentee ballot fraud. A grand jury Friday indicted both women and another suspect whom the authorities declined to identify because he or she apparently had not yet been arrested. The forgery and ballot fraud charges both are Class C felonies. (Source)
August 26, 2012: Election Fraud in Florida
[Florida Republican Paul Crespo said:] “While campaigning at a senior citizen residence facility in Sweetwater [Florida] during my recent race for State Representative, several elderly voters mentioned that a person closely related to an important city official “handled” their absentee voting in that center. Some even said this person “voted for them.” One angry voter pulled me aside discreetly to warn me that this politically connected person actually got the mailbox keys from the residents to access their ballots, and begged me to do something about it. Unfortunately, the person they identified was also openly working on behalf of my opponent. (Source)
August 28, 2012: Voter Fraud in Georgia
Richard Roundtree released a statement Tuesday night in response to the allegations saying "I am not aware of nor have I been contacted by anyone from Secretary of State's Office regarding my campaign. However, I am aware of an Incident Report filed with the Sheriff's Office. I find the report to be so absurd that I will not add any credibility to it by commenting any further to its content. I look forward to continuing my campaign and I ask that the voters will support me in November. Thank you."
The Georgia Secretary of State's Office confirms it is investigating allegations of voter fraud in the Richmond County Sheriff's Runoff. A week ago, an Augusta woman filed a police report with Richmond County Investigators claiming that someone who worked for Richard Roundtree told her he would get her a car if she could find four other people to vote for Roundtree in the August 21st runoff. The woman told investigators that she never got the car. (Source)
August 29, 2012: Voter Fraud in West Virginia
Two men who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a Lincoln County [West Virginia] voter fraud scheme have been sentenced.
Former Sheriff Jerry Bowman will serve one year and one day in prison for conspiring to stuff the primary ballot box while running for circuit clerk. Former Lincoln County Clerk Donald Whitten will serve 18 months for lying to a Secretary of State investigator, denying he had provided absentee ballots to Bowman. After the prison terms are complete, both men will be subject to two years of supervised release and both also must pay a $5,000 fine. Both men pleaded guilty to those charges in March. (Source)
August 30, 2012: Voter Fraud in Florida
A Plantation [Florida] man pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges he illegally voted in the 2008 general election and also pretended he was a U.S. citizen when he bought firearms.
Josef Sever, 52, admitted in federal court in Miami that he illegally voted in a federal election and falsely claimed he was a citizen in order to buy guns from a licensed dealer, renew a state concealed weapon license and register to vote, prosecutors said. Sever faces up to five years in federal prison when he is sentenced Nov. 9 by U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
September 1, 2012: Voter Fraud in Florida
Rep. John Patrick Julien’s official challenge to the results of the District 107 primary race for the Florida House includes allegations of absentee ballot fraud at assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Julien, D-North Miami, who lost a razor-thin Democratic primary to Miami Gardens Rep. Barbara Watson last month, is fighting the results of the race in a Leon County court. After a recount, Watson won with 50.06 percent of the vote—a 13 vote edge.
The court complaint, to be filed Tuesday, alleges that several absentee ballots tied to a North Miami nursing home may have been cast fraudulently. It highlights a political consultant who advertised herself as “The Queen of Absentee Ballots” and a woman who appeared on Haitian Creole radio, warning absentee voters to consult with “teacher Carline” before filling out their ballots. (Source)
September 2, 2012: Voter Fraud in California
Roderick Wright, 60, is accused of living in a home outside his district and lying about his residency. A pretrial conference is slated for Sept. 26.
Almost two years after his grand jury indictment on eight felony counts of voter fraud and perjury, [California] State Sen. Roderick Wright has yet to stand trial. The longtime Inglewood Democrat may not get his full day in court before voters decide this fall whether to give him another term in the Legislature.
The case against the first-term Senator, who previously served in the Assembly, revolves around whether he fraudulently claimed to live in an Inglewood apartment complex, which he owns, at the time he registered to vote in 2007 and filed papers to run in the 2008 elections. Prosecutors allege that Wright, 60, actually lived in a single-family house outside the district he was seeking to represent and cooked up an elaborate lie about his residency. California requires that candidates for the Legislature live in the districts where they run. (Source)
September 3, 2012: Voter Fraud in Chicago
Despite a conviction for committing vote fraud when he ran for office, Juan Elias now leads [Chicago] 1st Ward Ald. Joe Moreno’s new “independent Democratic political organization.” Since becoming president of the 1st Ward First campaign group last year, Elias has wiped clean a rap sheet that also included being arrested with more than 3 pounds of marijuana.
Elias was one of a group of convicted criminals who recently received pardons from [Illinois] Gov. Pat Quinn. (Source)
September 3, 2012: Voter Fraud in Florida
Derrick Henry's campaign workers responded to allegations of voter wrong-doing Sunday. Henry is running for Mayor of Daytona Beach [Florida]. Two weeks ago, the Supervisor of Elections, Ann McFall, announced her office was looking into questionable absentee ballots gathered by Henry's campaign. In 2012, Henry won a city commission seat for zone five and was in office when he was charged and arrested for voter fraud after one of his workers fraudulently requested absentee ballots. Henry was suspended from office by then-Governor Charlie Christ. Henry resigned his seat shortly thereafter. (Source)
September 5, 2012: Election Fraud in Arkansas
A Democratic state legislator from east Arkansas, his father and two campaign workers pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit election fraud after federal prosecutors said the lawmaker's campaign bribed absentee voters and destroyed ballots in a special election last year.
Prosecutors said Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum of Marion, Kent Hallum, Phillip Wayne Carter and Sam Malone acknowledged that they participated in a conspiracy to bribe voters to influence absentee votes in the Arkansas District 54 primary, runoff and general elections in 2011. The four were released pending a sentencing hearing. (Source) and (Source)
September 5, 2012: Voter Fraud in Florida
At least three voters told investigators that Hialeah [Florida] ballot-broker Deisy Cabrera, who is charged with forging one voter's ballot signature, suggested candidates or filled out portions of their ballot.
Ramon Del Pino can’t say for sure whom he voted for last month. And the blind man from Hialeah also can’t identify the two women who came to his home to help him vote.
When interviewed July 31 by police detectives investigating absentee-ballot fraud, Del Pino said he told the women that he wanted to vote for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, but “he allowed the two females to choose the remaining candidates for him.”
Del Pino is among more than a dozen people interviewed by police investigating ballot-broker Deisy Cabrera, who is facing a felony vote fraud charge and two misdemeanor counts of illegal ballot possession. Prosecutors on Wednesday released police reports from interviews with Del Pino and 16 other voters whose ballots Cabrera, a so-called boletera, is accused of collecting before the Aug. 14 primary election. The most serious charge Cabrera faces is a felony count for allegedly forging the signature of 81-year-old Zulema Gomez, who lies unresponsive from a brain tumor in a Miami Springs nursing home. (Source) and (Source)
September 6, 2012: Voter Fraud in Alabama
Attorney General Luther Strange on Thursday asked U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance in Birmingham [Alabama] to use her newly created civil rights unit to investigate allegations of voter fraud. Strange is the second state official to ask the Justice Department to probe voter fraud allegations in Alabama. Last week, state Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan asked the Justice Department to investigate unusually high voter registration and participation in Uniontown's municipal election. (Source)
September 6, 2012: Voter Fraud in North Dakota
Eight players — including starting running back Samuel Ojuri, defensive backs Marcus Williams and Brendin Pierre and offensive lineman Josh Colville — are among 10 people facing criminal charges for forging signatures as part of an alleged fraud that North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said has made both initiatives ineligible for statewide vote in November, according to an Associated Press report.
State Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem told the AP that many of the petition signatures were copied from the phone book or simply fabricated, and Jaeger said the alleged fraud was discovered because people checking the petitions noticed repeated ZIP code mistakes and signatures with the same handwriting. (Source)
September 6, 2012: Election Fraud in California
San Francisco [California] District Attorney George Gascón has determined there is insufficient evidence to file criminal charges after a months-long investigation into alleged voter fraud in Chinatown during last year's mayor's race. Gascón, though, said he remained "concerned" about the allegations, which involved supporters of Mayor Ed Lee filling out and collecting absentee ballots for elderly Chinese-speaking voters during the November election, which Lee won handily.
The Chronicle first reported in October that Lee supporters were staffing a makeshift voting station in Chinatown. Videos showed the workers placing stencils over ballots as people marked them. Two independent witnesses said the people staffing the makeshift voting area were also filling in ballots for voters.
A third witness, Adam Keigwin, chief of staff for State Sen. Leland Yee, a rival candidate, said the workers would then keep the ballots and place them in a bag. State election law forbids anyone from turning in someone else's absentee ballot other than certain family members or a designated resident of the same home. (Source)
September 7, 2012: Voter Fraud in California
A Mexican who was deported decades ago for drug trafficking pleaded guilty this week to living illegally in Escondido [California] under a false identity and fraudulently voting in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, federal authorities said Friday. Ricardo Lopez-Munguia, 45, pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted entry to the U.S. after deportation, making a false claim to U.S. citizenship, and voter fraud by an illegal alien, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office. Lopez-Munguia faces a maximum term of 28 years in federal prison, followed by deportation. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 19 in San Diego. In 1986, Lopez-Munguia was convicted of heroin trafficking. A federal judge ordered him to be deported the following year. (Source)
September 7, 2012: Disenfranchising Members of the U.S. Military
The administration has taken various states to court to block voter ID laws on the grounds it will disenfranchise voters. But it has no qualms about the disenfranchisement of military voters overseas through its failure to comply with and enforce the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, passed by Congress in 2009 and signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The law acknowledges the difficulties caused by time and distance for deployed soldiers in exercising the right to vote they put their lives on the line to protect. One of the key provisions required each military branch to create an Installation Voting Assistance Office (IVAO) for every military base outside an immediate combat zone.
Last week, however, the Pentagon's inspector general reported that attempts to locate and contact IVAO offices at overseas military installations failed about half the time.
"Results were clear. Our attempts to contact IVAOs failed about 50% of the time," the inspector general reported. "We concluded the Services had not established all the IVAOs as intended by the MOVE Act because, among other issues, the funding was not available."
The estimated cost of establishing functioning IVAOs at all overseas military bases not in combat zones is estimated at between $15 million and $20 million a year. We wasted $530 million on Solyndra but can't afford a relative pittance to ensure our soldiers are not disenfranchised. (Source)
September 10, 2012: Voter Fraud in Maryland
[Wendy Rosen], a Maryland Democrat has dropped out of a Congressional race after the state party said she cast ballots there and in Florida in the 2006 and 2008 elections. In a letter to the state’s attorney general and the state prosecutor, the chair of the Maryland Democratic Party wrote that Rosen voted in the 2006 general election in both Florida and Maryland. The Maryland Democratic Party has discovered that Ms. Rosen has been registered to vote in both Florida and Maryland since at least 2006; that she in fact voted in the 2006 general election both in Florida and Maryland; and that she voted in the presidential preference primaries held in both Florida and Maryland in 2008. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
September 11, 2012: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Hawaii
The Hawaii County Clerk's Office said in July that an audit of the county’s voter rolls showed four people voted twice in 2010 elections and that between 50 and 60 people were registered more than once. (Source)
September 11, 2012: Voter Fraud in Rhode Island
Anyone who attempts to impersonate another voter in today’s [Rhode Island] Democratic primary, and in upcoming elections, will find that they need to present some form of identification.
For this reason alone, it will not be as “blatantly easy” to commit voter fraud as it has been in the past, State Senator Harold Metts said when asked to comment on the allegations that beset Rep. David Cicilline’s re-election effort. Metts, a Providence Democrat, was the lead sponsor of the voter ID bill in the state Senate.
In an August press conference, Cicilline’s primary opponent, Anthony Gemma, told reporters that a private investigation agency he retrained uncovered evidence that demonstrates how Cicilline’s Mayoral and Congressional campaigns have benefitted from voter fraud since 2002. That was the year of Cicilline’s landslide victory to claim the office of Mayor in Providence. He now occupies the Congressional seat previously held by Rep. Patrick Kennedy. (Source) and (Source)
September 12, 2012: Non-Citizens on voter Rolls in Florida
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program (SAVE) database as well as personal admissions from illegally registered voters have confirmed 207 non-citizens have been on Florida’s voter rolls. The confirmed names will be provided to county supervisors of elections shortly after supervisors complete their federal training on how to use the SAVE database, which they are expected to do this week. (Source)
September 13, 2012: Voter Fraud in Indiana
A former New Albany [Indiana] mayoral candidate and another man have been arrested on charges of voter fraud. Paul Etheridge, who was running for mayor, and Joshua Clemons are accused of forging, soliciting, and delivering four absentee ballots in the 2011 mayoral election.
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson says he began investigating after the County Clerk and the Election Commission reported that there may have been issues with the absentee ballots during the primary elections that year. Each man faces three felony counts. If convicted they face up to nine years behind bars and fines. (Source)
September 20, 2012: Voter Fraud in New York
New Kings Democrats, a progressive group in Brooklyn [New York], is going public with accusations of voter fraud they say they documented during the primaries in New York last week. Those accusations center on one heavily populated polling location in Williamsburg, where more than 3,300 votes were cast among eight election districts, all located in one school auditorium. The vote here is important, since it could determine the winner of a closely fought district-leader race between New Kings member Lincoln Restler and Chris Olechowski, a Vito Lopez ally who got most of his 6,000 votes from that part of the district.
Accusations include disseminating voter material inside the restricted area and, more seriously, not barring voters from looking directly in voter registration books, rather than giving their name and date of birth to poll workers. By looking directly into the voter registration books, a person could, potentially, see the name of a voter who has not signed in, and claim to be that person, the New Kings Democrats argued. (Source)
September 20, 2012: Voter Fraud in Iowa
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says three Council Bluffs [Iowa] residents have been charged with election misconduct. Two Canadian nationals and a Mexican national were booked into the Pottawattamie County jail. The felony charges allege they registered to vote in Iowa and voted in at least one election. A criminal complaint says Albert Harte-Maxwell voted in the 2010 general election and 2011 city election and Linda Harte-Maxwell voted in the 2011 city election. Maria Ayon-Fernandez voted in the 2010 general election. (Source)
September 21, 2012: Voter Fraud in indiana
For years we have been hearing the news of the rampant voter fraud that has been changing the course of this country. It seems that the citizens of New Albany [Indiana] are not immune from the shenanigans that have previously only plagued other parts of the country. Last week the Floyd County prosecutor held a press conference to announce the findings of an investigation and ultimate grand jury indictment of two individuals in one of the largest voter fraud cases that this county has ever seen.
Paul Etheridge, a candidate for New Albany Mayor in last year’s primary and another man, Joshua Clemons, are charged with solicitation for a fraudulent absentee ballot, forgery of official ballot endorsement and fraudulent delivery of a ballot. These charges are considered felonies and carry a penalty of up to six months to three years in jail if convicted.
The charges involve up to four actual ballots and according to the prosecutor had no affect on the outcome in the primary. It may be true that these four votes would not have changed the outcome of the mayor’s race due to the margin of victory for Mayor Gahan, but just a handful of votes would have changed the outcome of the election in at least two districts in the election of New Albany City Council members.
In the first district only 17 votes separated the three candidates with councilman Dan Coffey narrowly defeating his nearest opponent by only 12 votes. In the fifth district primary council president Diane McCartin-Benedetti defeated Randy Smith by 26 votes. While the four confirmed cases of alleged voter fraud might not have changed the outcome of these elections either, it’s possible that other unconfirmed voter fraud may have easily occurred that could have swayed these two council seats. (Source) and (Source)
September 22, 2012: Voter Fraud in Iowa
Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s hunt for documented immigrants voting illegally found three suspects in Council Bluffs this week. Next up, it appears, will be Scott and Muscatine counties, where Schultz said that Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agents have followed up on data finding documented immigrants on voter registration rolls.
Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz tells us DCI agents visited the county to investigate immigrants legally holding Iowa driver’s licenses, whose names have turned up on voter rolls. Moritz on Friday said DCI investigators are following up on “no more than 20 percent” of the 180 Scott County registered voters identified by Schultz. The next step for DCI agents is to verify if the suspects are indeed, the same people, then research voting forms to determine if the registration is fraud or a clerical error. (Source)
September 25, 2012: Voter Fraud in Arkansas
Five Crittenden County [Arkansas] residents were charged Tuesday with using absentee ballots to defraud an election official during three special elections in 2011. Special Prosecuting Attorney H.G. Foster of Conway filed the charges Tuesday after a nearly year-long investigation that has already resulted in four others, including former state lawmaker Hudson Hallum, pleading guilty in federal court to felony charges.
Those who were charged Tuesday are: Eric Fontain Cox, Amos Sanders, Lisa Burns, Deshay Lorenzo Parker III and Leroy Grant. Hallum, D-Marion, along with his father, Kent Hallum, West Memphis City Councilman Phillip Wayne Carter and West Memphis police officer Sam Malone entered guilty pleas Sept. 5 to charges they plotted to bribe absentee voters to cast ballots for Hallum. (Source)
September 25, 2012: Voter Fraud in Arizona
[Arizona] Secretary of State Ken Bennett announced Tuesday that nine new cases of suspected voter fraud from the 2008 election are under investigation by the Arizona Attorney General. Bennett said the Cross-State Match program helps states exchange voter-registration history to keep people from voting more than once in any given election.
Bennett said nine cases may not seem like a lot but Arizona has a history of close elections. "We have had 12 elections in the past 30 years where a candidate won by a single vote," he said. Voting twice in the same election is a felony, which can bring up to two years in prison and a $150,000 fine. (Source) and (Source)
September 28, 2012: Election Fraud in New Jersey
An Essex County [New Jersey] campaign worker was convicted today of absentee ballot fraud that occurred during the 2007 election of state Sen. Teresa Ruiz. John Fernandez, 61, of Belleville, was found guilty of election fraud following a two-week trial. The jury found Fernandez guilty of charges of conspiracy (2nd degree), election fraud (2nd degree), absentee ballot fraud (3rd degree), tampering with public records or information (3rd degree), and forgery (4th degree).
The Mercer County jury found that Fernandez, who works for the Essex County Department of Economic Development, fraudulently tampered with documentation for absentee ballots in Ruiz's Nov. 6, 2007 general election, submitting ballots on behalf of voters who never received the ballots or had an opportunity to cast their votes. (Source)
September 30, 2012: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Maryland
At least two dead voters showed up to vote at least once in a Maryland general election between 2004 and 2008, according to a voter registration watchdog group that has reviewed thousands of voter records this year…
The group – Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) – filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections Aug. 30. The group said it found several potential dead voters, voters who registered after they had died and a living Maryland resident who has been voting twice in elections for years.
According to their research, voter registration numbers for Montgomery County resident Rufus Harris of Silver Spring, who died in 2002, was used to cast an absentee ballot in the 2008 general election. Prince George’s County resident George T. Zell of Hyattsville, who died in July 2004, cast a vote in the 2004 general election. Records also indicated that Harris became registered as a voter on Sept. 4, 2008, six years after his death.
The group also identified two deceased people who were registered to vote after their deaths. James Proctor of Laurel died in 1988 and became registered in 1992, and Virginia Ann Given of Upper Marlboro, who died in 1991, also became registered in 1992. Both names remain on the Maryland rolls today as “inactive” voters, although neither have cast a vote under their new voter registration numbers, according to data provided by EIM.
Mary Dowling, 67, who currently resides in a nursing home in Timonium, has two voter registration numbers. The latest voting records that are available show Dowling has been voting twice in almost every even-year election since 2002, in both the general and the primary. Ten out of 16 times Dowling voted by absentee ballot. (Source)
October 1, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Florida
Illustrating that voter registration fraud is a bipartisan problem, a politically-connected vendor hired by the Republican Party to sign up new voters is under investigation for turning in suspicious forms with questionable information.
The scandal broke several weeks ago in south Florida’s Palm Beach County where the supervisor of elections set off a statewide probe after discovering questionable forms coming from Strategic Allied Consulting, an Arizona-based firm. The Republican National Committee (RNC) has paid Strategic Allied Consulting $3 million to register new voters in several states, according to news reports, and Florida’s GOP has doled out an additional $1.3 million.
Now the number of counties in Florida, a key battleground state, that have reported questionable voter registration forms connected to the consulting firm has grown to 10. The tainted forms include discrepancies in addresses, signatures and other identifying information. The scandal has led the RNC and several of its state chapters to fire Strategic Allied Consulting, which is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. (Source) and (Source)
October 2, 2012: Ballot Fraud in North Dakota
Ten North Dakota State University football players have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor election fraud and sentenced to community service for faking signatures on proposed ballot measure petitions that they were hired to collect. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
October 4, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in California
A Los Angeles [California] judge has ruled that there is enough probable cause to put Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, 7th District, and his wife on trial for fraud and perjury charges. The two are scheduled to return to court on Oct. 18 for the charges, which are related to an investigation that the councilman was allegedly living at a residence outside his district. Alarcon faces one felony count of filing a false declaration of candidacy, seven counts of voter fraud and nine felony counts of perjury. His wife, Flora, has been charged with perjury for falsifying a provisional voting ballot.
Prosecutors allege that Alarcon and his wife illegally claimed to have lived at 14451 Nordhoff St. in Panorama City during his run for City Council in 2007 and his bid for re-election in 2009. During the summer of 2007, Alarcon unsuccessfully tried to have the 7th District boundaries redrawn to include his wife’s Sun Valley home, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
In using the Nordhoff Street address, he allegedly falsified his voter registration form, declaration of intent to receive campaign contributions, declaration of candidacy and an application for a California driver’s license. Alarcon has also been charged for fraudulently voting in an election. (Source)
October 5, 2012: Voter Fraud in Massachusetts
A Middlesex Superior Court judge on Thursday continued without a finding for a year the case of a former Marlborough City [Massachusetts] Council candidate accused of forging the signature of a dead woman on a voting form. Mark Evangelous, who lost his bid for a City Councilor at large seat in the 2011 municipal election, will be on probation for a year and will have to complete 200 hours of community service. If he does not get into any trouble, the forgery and uttering charges against him will be dismissed.
Evangelous was accused of submitting an absentee ballot application to the City Clerk’s office on Oct. 28, 2011, days before the election. The ballot, police said, was filled out and signed in the name of Anita Kasaras. A City Clerk employee checked the name against the city voter rolls and found out that not only was Kasaras not on the list, but that she had died in February 2011. The employee notified police, who conducted a preliminary investigation before passing the matter along to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office. (Source)
October 5, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Iowa
Jason Rawlin, 37, of Indianola [Iowa], and Stacy Brown, 37, of Kanawha [Iowa], were charged with election fraud and fraudulent practices. According to criminal complaints, Rawlin and Brown are previously convicted felons who registered to vote while obtaining state issued driver’s licenses. Under Iowa law, those convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole or on probation. After their sentence is complete ex-offenders must also pay all outstanding monetary obligations to the court before applying to have their voting rights restored.
Investigators said Rawlin was convicted in Wapello County [Iowa] and registered to vote in Warren County. Brown was convicted in Hancock County and registered to vote in Hancock County through the Wright County Issuance Station. Rawlin was arrested and charged. He was released on bail. Brown turned herself in to law enforcement Thursday and was released on her own recognizance. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
October 8, 2012: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
In a battleground state where voter fraud has been an issue in previous presidential elections, one leading county sheriff is saying his office won’t stop ineligible felon voters from casting a ballot. An internal memo from the Dane County [Wisconsin] Sheriff’s Office instructed deputies and other staff assigned to the county jail to facilitate the absentee ballot requests of inmates. Sent from Lt. Mark Twombly, the memo specifically instructed law enforcement officials to not check on the felony status of inmates and to help everyone vote regardless of their criminal record. In Wisconsin an individual serving jail time for a felony or under parole or supervision for a felony may not cast a ballot.
Checking on whether or not an inmate is a felon would require a quick and simple check of the county law enforcement’s computer system. “It is going to be up to their polling location to research whether they are allowed to vote based on their criminal record, not the DCSO [Dane County Sheriff's Office],” Twombly wrote in a memo distributed to staff.
The decision by the sheriff’s office to ignore felon status for inmate voters means that law enforcement officials will not be working to prevent further legal violations on the part of those in their custody. (Source)
October 9, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Nursing Homes
A Virginia election-watch organization has sent letters to some 2,000 nursing homes warning that aggressive voter-registration groups may be “harvesting votes” of vulnerable seniors. But in the absence of formal complaints to the State Board of Elections, skeptics say the Virginia Voters Alliance is merely grandstanding or, worse, trampling First Amendment rights. “Facilities such as yours are often targeted under the guise of ‘helping’ senior citizens, while really having the intention of stealing the vote,” wrote VVA president Reagan George.
George, a tea party activist based in Chantilly, said a “representative sampling of techniques” includes:
Registering patients without their knowledge or against their will.
Registrations resulting in the person being registered multiple times with the state, or possibly two different states.
Registering patients who have been judged incompetent.
Applying for an absentee ballot either without the person’s knowledge or against the person’s will and inserting their organization as a “voting assistant.”
Submitting a prepared ballot to a patient for signature, forging the person’s signature or signing for recently deceased patients. (Source)
October 10, 2012: Voter Fraud in Texas
A Republican precinct chairman running for a seat on the Fort Bend County [Texas] Commissioner's Court has cast ballots in both Texas and Pennsylvania in the last three federal elections, official records in both states show.
Bruce J. Fleming, a Sugar Land resident running for Precinct 1 commissioner, voted in person in Sugar Land in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and by mail in each of those years in Yardley, Pa., according to election records in both states.
Fleming, who owns a home in Yardley, voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 presidential primary in Texas. His wife, Nancy Fleming, who is listed as a resident of Yardley, voted by mail in both places in the 2010 general election, records show. (Source)
October 10, 2012: Election Fraud in Michigan
Oakland County [Michigan] prosecutors are expected to issue a misdemeanor election fraud warrant today against John Scott, an independent candidate for Oakland County commissioner.
Don't confuse that John Scott with incumbent Oakland County Commissioner John Scott, who said he grew suspicious during the summer when a friend said he had just signed a petition to get Scott on the ballot.
"I said, 'What petition?' " said Scott, a Waterford Republican and incumbent who paid a $100 filing fee by May 15 to get on the ballot and didn't solicit signatures.
Turns out, another John Scott – a 22-year-old Eastern Michigan University student from West Bloomfield – was gathering signatures to get on the ballot as an independent candidate.
It was no coincidence, Commissioner Scott charges, saying the other Scott intended to confuse people and split the vote. The tale turned potentially illegal after the incumbent commissioner got copies of rival John Scott's petitions and found irregularities. (Source)
October 11, 2012: Voter Fraud in Florida and Texas
Undercover footage from conservative activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas showed Stephanie Caballero, regional field director of Organizing for America in Houston [Texas], assisting someone who said she intended to vote in both Florida and Texas. In response to the investigator’s request for help voting twice, Caballero says, “Oh my god this is so funny. It’s cool though!” Then, when discussing the possibility of getting caught, Caballero says, “If anyone checks, say ‘I don’t know.’” (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
October 12, 2012: Voter Fraud in Iowa: The Iowa State Police have arrested three non-citizens for voting [illegally in the 2010 general election and 2011 city election]….Two Canadians and one Mexican national. (Source)
October 12, 2012: Voter Fraud in Maryland: Last week….the Democratic Congressional candidate had to resign because she had voted in both Florida and Maryland in four separate elections at the same time. (Source)
October 12, 2012: Voter Fraud in Detroit: [Kwame Kilpatrick]…. won reelection a few years ago on the basis of voter fraud—fraud that was so rampant and so extensive the City Clerk of Detroit [Michigan], Jackie Currie, had to be physically removed from her office, and forced to leave it, because of the voter fraud she had either allowed, or encouraged, as the election official in charge of voting. (Source)
October 12, 2012: Voter Fraud in Washington, DC: [In] Northwest Washington, Eric Holder’s neighborhood, he’s been a resident there for 32 years. You’d think they’d know him. You’d think they’d suspect something when a 22-year-old punk with a beard and a goatee, who worked for James O’Keefe, the filmmaker, shows up and all he says is—and, of course he’s white—and all he says is, “Do you have an Eric Holder at Such-and-Such Terrace?” “Oh, yes. Here’s your ballot.” (Source)
October 12, 2012: Voter Fraud in Florida
A felon with a long record of convictions was arrested Friday on three counts of submitting false information to the Polk County [Florida] Supervisor of Elections Office that allowed him to vote in August. Troy Demon Ray, 44, of 2409 Cheshire Place in Lakeland, turned himself over to authorities at the State Attorney's Office. Ray has 19 felony convictions including his most recent in 2007 on seven burglary charges, according to a State Attorney's Office report. He received a four-year prison sentence, but was released in June 2010. Ray lost his right to vote, but completed a voter registration form in May 2011, the report said. He omitted his birth date and driver's license number and checked a box indicating he wasn't a felon. (Source)
October 12, 2012: Voter Fraud in Florida
Five out of nine people arrested in a voter fraud investigation last year appeared in court Friday morning. Known as the Madison 9, they all asked a judge to completely dismiss their case, claiming they did nothing wrong. Their lawyers will file a motion to do so within ten days and the state will have 20 days to respond. The arrests stem from a school board race last year in Madison [Florida]. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement launched its investigation after the state elections division noted an "extraordinarily disproportionate amount of absentee votes" in the district one school board race. (Source)
October 12, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Florida
Representatives with three left-leaning voter groups suddenly facing allegations of voter registration wrongdoing say Florida elections officials are diverting attention from a criminal investigation into suspicious applications filed on behalf of the Republican Party of Florida by trumping up accusations against them.
Florida Division of Elections spokesman Chris Cate told reporters last week that forms filed by the state Democratic Party, the Florida New Majority Education Fund and the National Council of La Raza involved "potential irregular voter registration activities" that "constituted a legally sufficient complaint of voter registration fraud."
The allegations were announced two days after the FDLE launched a criminal investigation into voter applications filed by Strategic Allied Consulting, a private firm hired by the RPOF to register voters. Hundreds of questionable registration forms have been found in a dozen counties, spanning from South Florida to the Panhandle. Republicans, who had made voter fraud a top campaign issue, reacted swiftly by firing the firm and filing an elections complaint against it. (Source)
October 15, 2012: Election Fraud in Florida
A Florida woman [who used to live in Oshkosh, Wisconsin], pleaded no contest Monday to charges she committed election fraud in Milwaukee in 2009 and was sentenced to probation and the time she's already been in jail. Yadira Colón, 45, was arrested in Florida this year on a warrant first issued in November 2009. She was charged with forging signatures on nomination papers for Pedro Colón, then a Democratic member of the Wisconsin Assembly from Milwaukee, and now a circuit judge. The two are not related.
Yadira Colón was also charged with registering to vote in Milwaukee in 2008, by listing an address in the city when she in fact resided in Oshkosh at the time. She then cast an absentee ballot in Milwaukee, according to prosecutors. She had been scheduled for trial Monday when she entered the plea bargain. Prosecutors agreed to drop two charges, and Colón pleaded no contest to two others. Circuit Judge Dennis Moroney sentenced Colón to the 16 days she already spend in jail for one count, and to six months – suspended – on the second, with the condition of a year's probation, which he allowed to be transferred to Florida. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
October 15, 2012: Voter Fraud in California
Hearing officer Debra Yang concluded Monday that voter fraud occurred during the June City Council election in Vernon [California], the Los Angeles Times reports. If the City Council approves the decision, it would tilt the race from Reno Bellamy to Luz Martinez, who had been trailing 34 votes to 30. Yang threw out seven of the 64 ballots that were cast and declared a new winner. That's out of Vernon's total population of 112. Five of the voters weren't residents of the city, according to Yang, while two others didn't properly mail in their ballots. (Source) and (Source)
October 16, 2012: Election Fraud in Florida
The self-described “Queen of Absentee Ballots,” has gone missing in the middle of a civil trial that could determine the ultimate victor in a race for District 107 in the Florida House.
On Tuesday, a Leon County judge approved an order calling on police to track down Noucelie Josna and haul her into court. “This is a pickup order,” said J.C. Planas, an attorney for Rep. John Patrick Julien, D-North Miami. Julien is challenging the results of the August primary against Rep. Barbara Watson, D-Miami Gardens, who won the razor-thin election by 13 votes in a district that is dominated by Haitian-Americans.
Josna — and the business card listing her as royalty in the realm of absentee ballots — have become central figures in the case between Julien and Watson.
In his lawsuit, Julien alleges that Josna and a woman named Carline Paul gathered several fraudulent absentee ballots from nursing homes and apartments. Josna has not responded to a court-ordered subpoena and a private investigator hired by Julien has not been able to track her down.
On Tuesday, Judge Charles Francis reviewed more than 150 absentee ballots from two contested precincts in the race and found six of them to be invalid. (Source) and (Source)
October 17, 2012: Ballot-Tampering in Massachusetts
A judge set a $10,000 cash bail for Enrico "Jack" Villamaino, after the former East Longmeadow [Massachusetts] Selectman pleaded innocent to a 12-count election fraud indictment.... [D]istrict attorney Mark Mastroianni outlined a complex ballot-tampering scheme that also involved Villamaino's new wife and co-defendant, Courtney Llewellyn. (Source) and (Source)
October 17, 2012: Voter Fraud in Ohio
Three Franklin County [Ohio] residents face felony charges of voter fraud after the Board of Elections reported that they had voted more than once in a past election. Each was indicted yesterday by a Franklin County grand jury on one count of illegal voting. They are accused of voting twice by casting absentee ballots under slightly different names.... In each case, the voter requested, received and returned absentee ballots in both names, an official in the board’s petitions and filings department said. (Source)
October 19, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Virginia
A campaign worker linked to a controversial Republican consulting firm has been arrested in Virginia and charged with throwing voter registration forms into a dumpster. The suspect, Colin Small, 31, was described by a local law enforcement official as a "supervisor" in a Republican Party financed operation to register voters in Rockingham County in rural Virginia, a key swing state in the Nov. 6 election. He was arrested after a local business owner in the same Harrisonburg, Va., shopping center where the local GOP campaign headquarters is located spotted Small tossing a bag into the trash, according to a statement Thursday by the Rockingham County Sheriff’s office. The bag was later found to contain eight voter registration forms, it said. (Source) (Source)
October 19, 2012: Voter Fraud in Florida
St Augustine Beach [Florida] is attracting more attention today, and not because of the sun and fun we’ve come to enjoy — former Mayor Frank Charles tells Historic City News that he is bringing in the Florida Division of Elections to investigate what he alleges is voter fraud in the November election for City Commissioner.
In documents filed with the Secretary of State, Charles claims that the father of City Commissioner Undine Pawlowski, 68-year-old Michel S Pawlowski, has fraudulently misrepresented his place of residence at the beach, presumably so that her gentleman friend, Edward Stephen George, can pick up another critical vote. (Source)
October 22, 2012: Election Fraud in Colorado
The Colorado Republican Party is set to file a formal letter of complaint to the Larimer County clerk’s office after apparently catching Obama supporters offering free t-shirts and pizza to students who voted early at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. (Source)
October 22, 2012: Election Fraud in Arkansas
The plan: offering cheap vodka ... for votes. It was part of a scheme to steal an election in eastern Arkansas that included absentee ballot fraud and buying votes with money, food and even alcohol. "I guess I always knew all along it was wrong, but I really didn't think it was that big a deal," explained former Democratic state Rep. Hudson Hallum. "I always heard ... that's what everybody did."
Hallum and three others have pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit election fraud during the special election that put him in the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2011. A total of nine people have been charged by federal and state authorities in connection with the plan.
According to the indictment filed by the U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock, Hallum told co-defendant Phillip Wayne Cater, a West Memphis, Arkansas City Councilman, "We need to use that black limo and buy a couple of cases of some cheap vodka and whiskey to get people to vote." (Source) and (Source)
October 22, 2012: Election Fraud in Florida
The Florida Division of elections and state law enforcement officials are investigating "multiple" bogus letters sent to Florida voters to inform them that they have been flagged as suspected illegal, non-citizen voters.
"I sat there and actually had to read it a couple times because I didn't understand what it said at first," Republican Charles Callaghan of Ponte Vedra recounted to Buzz about the letter he opened Saturday. It claimed to be from the St. Johns County elections supervisor, informing him that elections officials had been informed he may be ineligible to vote and "registering to vote under fraudulent conditions or swearing a false oath are both third degree felonies in Florida."
"We've received multiple reports of a fraudulent letter that impersonates supervisors of elections and indicates that eligible voters might be ineligible," said Chris Cate, spokesman for the Division of Elections. "We're working with the state's supervisors of elections as well law enforcement to identify the source of the letters and put a stop to them."
The postmark was from Seattle, Washington, as were other similar letters received across Florida. The letters appear to be going mostly or entirely to Republicans in Florida.
The FBI and U.S. Postal Service inspectors are investigating bogus official-looking letters sent to voters in at least 28 Florida counties questioning their citizenship and their eligibility to vote, NBC News has learned.
David Couvertier, a spokesman for the FBI in Tampa, said his office opened up an investigation into the possible attempt at voter intimidation on Wednesday after receiving reports that eligible voters throughout the state have received the letters. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
October 23, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Louisiana
A DeSoto Parish [Louisiana] School Board member already facing federal drug charges has been arrested for voter registration fraud. Sheriff's deputies picked up 30-year-old Barthlomew Claiborne in Mansfield on Tuesday and booked him into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center. The [Shreveport] Times reports the arrest warrant was based on a complaint by the Louisiana Secretary of State's Election and Compliance Unit. It accuses Claiborne of "procuring falsified voter registration applications." Additional details were not immediately available. (Source) and (Source)
October 23, 2012: Malfunctioning Voting Machines in North Carolina
Guilford County [North Carolina] voters tried to vote for Romney but the name automatically defaulted to Obama. It was supposedly caused by a ”glitch” in one of their voting machines and has since been fixed, but how many people voted before they realized it?
According to MyFox8.com, voter Sher Coromalis says she cast her ballot for Governor Mitt Romney, but every time she entered her vote the machine defaulted to President Obama. “I was so upset that this could happen,” said Coromalis.
Now, some voters are concerned about polling locations in Jamestown and Pleasant Garden. Faurest Stum says she voted at the Pleasant Garden Town Hall location. Her vote was for Mitt Romney, but the machine cast the vote for Barack Obama.... Guilford County Board of Elections Director George Gilbert says the problem arises every election. It can be resolved after the machine is re-calibrated by poll workers. “It’s not a conspiracy it’s just a machine that needs to be corrected,” Gilbert said. After the third try, Coromalis says she was able to get her vote counted for Gov. Romney but was still annoyed. “I should have just mailed it in,” Coromalis said. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
October 24, 2012: Voter Fraud in Virginia
A new undercover video from James O’Keefe and Project Veritas shows Pat Moran, son of longtime incumbent Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) and field director for his father’s re-election campaign, instructing a supporter in how to use fraudulent documents to cast a hundred illegal votes:
There’s not much question about what happens here. An undercover operative posing as a very enthusiastic supporter says he’s got a hundred names of people who probably aren’t going to vote, and he wants to cast their ballots for them.
Moran is “initially lukewarm about the idea of voting on others’ behalf,” as narrator O’Keefe puts it, suggesting that a legitimate “get out the vote” effort would be a better investment of effort… but he’s quite willing to give some helpful advice for evading the flimsy existing voter identification procedures. He’s even got tips for making sure that the prospective targets for ballot theft are truly “inactive” voters, rather than people who already voted early. It’s obviously a subject he’s given some thought to. And by the end of the conversation, he’s a lot less “lukewarm” about the idea. In fact, he thinks it’s pretty funny. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
October 26, 2012: Voter Fraud in Virginia
A high-ranking official with Congressman Jim Moran’s (D-Va) re-election campaign was recently caught on video encouraging an undercover reporter to forge documents in order to cast phony ballots in the upcoming Virginia election. Moran had been previously caught on film demanding that constituents show their IDs at a local town hall meeting.
Patrick Moran, son of Democratic Virginia Congressman Jim Moran and field director of the Congressman’s reelection campaign, was forced to resign after the video was made public. Moran’s transgression was captured in a conversation he had on video with an undercover investigative reporter with Project Veritas, a conservative nonprofit group investigating election fraud in the United States.
The undercover reporter had approached Moran, asking him how he could cast votes on behalf of nearly 100 Virginia residents he knew were registered but who weren’t planning to vote in the upcoming election.
Virginia voter ID law, which does not require photo identification, instead allows voters to cast ballots by providing substitute documents, such as paychecks, library cards, utility bills, and bank statements. Yet, despite the fraudulent request, Moran counseled the reporter that while there would be “a lot of voter protection” at the polling places to enforce the ID laws, the plan would work if he produced a “utility bill or bank statement…Bank statement would obviously be tough…but faking a utility bill would be easy enough,” adding, “You’d have to forge it.”
Moreover, Moran was also quick to advise that if a problem arose at a polling place, the reporter needn’t worry because his back would be covered by “an Obama for America lawyer, or another Democrat lawyer…on hand to provide help…You’ll have somebody in house, that if they feel that what you have is legitimate, they’ll argue for you.” (Source)
October 29, 2012: Election Fraud in West Virginia
With early and absentee voting already underway, West Virginia and federal officials are hoping to prevent any fraud before it happens as Election Day approaches. Authorities have reason to be wary. As recently as 2010, conspiracies have plotted to sway balloting in the state. The since-resigned sheriff and clerk of Lincoln County, along with one of its commissioners, pleaded guilty earlier this year to federal charges arising from a scheme to influence the 2010 Democratic primary with absentee ballots. (Source)
October 30, 2012: Voter Fraud in Arizona
[In Pima County, Arizona] F. Ann Rodriguez said, while verifying signatures, her operators came across a signature that did not match that of two voters, a husband and wife. Her office then contacted the couple, who confirmed they had not even received their ballots in the mail, "and then what we ultimately did was send a team of representatives from our office to their actual house with replacement ballots so they could vote their ballot, so they could actually see what we had received, and they acknowledged that that was not them." Rodriguez said the investigation is on-going, including the possibility the ballots may have been stolen.
According to Rodriguez, the phony signatures are a first, however, operators have come across hundreds of questionable ballots. The most common occurrence involves husbands and wives who sign for each other, parents who vote for their children who may be off to college, and signatures from a power of attorney, none of which are acceptable. (Source)
October 30, 2012: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
Former [North Carolina] Town Councilwoman Linda Lyons faces voter fraud-related charges after allegedly trying to vote twice during last year’s election, according to a Wake County prosecutor. Lyons is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 19 on the misdemeanor charge, said Wake County Assistant District Attorney Steven Saad. If convicted, Lyons could be sentenced to up to 120 days in jail, he said.
Lyons, who had served 12 years on the Morrisville Town Council, was running for re-election last year when she faced allegations that she violated state election laws by mishandling absentee ballots, improperly witnessing absentee ballots and trying to vote twice. She lost her seat by three votes after an appeal to the state elections board dragged on for several months.
Lyons filed an early-voting ballot Oct. 24, 2011, and then attempted to vote again on Election Day at her precinct, officials at the county board of elections said at the time. “I forgot I had voted earlier,” Lyons had said. “Do you know how much I have going on? I’ve been campaigning, taking care of my father, and I’m a single parent. I forgot.” (Source)
October 31, 2012: Voter Fraud in Massachusetts
Two years ago I committed voter fraud. It was completely unintentional, but despite my best efforts my vote was counted as someone else’s, and this was all because of the way in which the system in Massachusetts is set up.
Like many college students, I mailed in my absentee ballot in 2010. What made my case different was that in Massachusetts, you don’t have to be a registered voter to vote absentee. So long as you are eligible to be a registered voter and are a resident of Massachusetts but absent from the state, overseas, or in jail for anything but a felony conviction, you can vote absentee in Massachusetts.
I thought this was strange, but it allowed me to vote so I didn’t mind much. I filled out the application, with my full name, my address, date of birth, and everything else. My social security number wasn’t needed. I got my ballot in the mail a few weeks later, voted, and sent it back.
I didn’t think anything of it again until I got a call from my father on Election Day, and he told me that my absentee vote had been counted as his vote. Because we had the same first and last name, same address, and he was registered and I was not – whoever counted the votes counted my vote as his. To do this, our middle names would have had to be ignored, as well as our birth dates. (Source)
October 31, 2012: Malfunctioning Voting Machine in Ohio
Joan Stevens was one of several early voters at the polls on Monday. But when Stevens tried to cast her ballot for president, she noticed a problem. Upon selecting "Mitt Romney" on the electronic touch screen, Barack Obama's name lit up. It took Stevens three tries before her selection was accurately recorded.
Fox News has received several complaints from voters who say they voted on touch-screen voting machines – only when they tried to select Mitt Romney, the machine indicated they had chosen President Obama. The voters in question realized the error and were able to cast ballots for their actual choice.
"I don't know if it happened to anybody else or not, but this is the first time in all the years that we voted that this has ever happened to me," said Marion, Ohio, voter Joan Stevens. Stevens said that when she voted, it took her three tries before the machine accepted her choice to vote for Romney. "I went to vote and I got right in the middle of Romney's name," Stevens told Fox News, saying that she was certain to put her finger directly on her choice for the White House. She said that the first time she pushed "Romney," the machine marked "Obama." So she pushed Romney again. Obama came up again. Then it happened a third time. "Maybe you make a mistake once, but not three times," she told Fox News. (Source) and (Source)
October 31, 2012: Malfunctioning Voting Machine in Kansas
Nancy from Topeka, Kansas, who asked that her last name not be used for reasons pertaining to her husband’s work, told TheBlaze she fears if voters aren’t double checking their selections, they’ll be “robbed of their vote.” Nancy explained that while her husband was casting a vote for Romney, the touchscreen highlighted Obama.
“He played around with the field a little and realized that in order to vote for Romney, his finger had to be exactly on the mark,” Nancy wrote in an email. She said “the invisible Obama field came down about 1/4 [of an inch]” into what should technically have been the Romney area. In a phone interview with TheBlaze, she explained further that her husband said he felt the area on the touchscreen that could be pushed to vote for Obama was larger than that for Romney.
Nancy and her husband called the Kansas Secretary of State to report the problem and were informed that it was most likely a calibration issue. (Source)
November 1, 2012: Voter Fraud in Maryland
A Democratic nominee for Congress had to resign in Maryland last month because she had voted in two states at the same time. (Source)
November 1, 2012: Voter Fraud in Arkansas
An Arkansas state legislator resigned from office after pleading guilty along with a City Councilman and police officer to committing voter fraud. (Source)
November 1, 2012: Voter Fraud in Iowa
In Iowa, a Canadian couple and a Mexican citizen were charged with illegally voting in U.S. elections. (Source)
November 1, 2012: [25-Part Series by Watchdog.org on “Voter Fraud”] (Main Page Source)
* CO: Cheaper, cleaner voter rolls! Now available in 7 states!
Part 25 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* FL: The all-out battle to fix the Florida elections
Part 24 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* VA: Latest voter-fraud sting nabs son of long-serving Dem Congressman
Part 23 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* FL: Bloated voter rolls show capacity for fraud, say analysts
Part 22 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* TX: DNC fires staffer in voter registration video flap
Part 21 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* VA: Group warns of ‘vote harvesting’ at nursing homes
Part 20 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* CO: Dirty voter rolls plague crucial swing state
Part 19 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* MT: McCulloch denies voter fraud’s existence, but absentees could be exploited
Part 18 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* VA: Video: Obama workers enable double-voting across state lines
Part 17 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* OH: Obama voter fraud in TX would be felony in Ohio
Part 16 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* CO: County clerks wage war with Secretary of State over voting issues
Part 15 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* Video: Undercover investigation finds voter fraud
Part 14 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* FL: Obama campaign workers silent in face of voter fraud
Part 13 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* Various States: Obama voter fraud would be crime here, too
Part 12 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* FL: Swing-state magnet for fraudulent double voting
Part 11 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* IA: Convicted felons charged with election misconduct
Part 10 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* IA: Lawmaker wants investigation into Secretary of State’s spending
Part 9 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* FL: Multistate voters emerge amid absentee ballot flurry
Part 8 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* FL: Vote fraud denier Ted Deutch calls for investigation into voter fraud
Part 7 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* IA: Suspicious ballots bring out criminal investigators
Part 6 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* FL: ACLU acknowledges absentee voter fraud in Sunshine State elections
Part 5 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* WI: Legal questions remain over GAB’s approval of electronic proof of residency
Part 4 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* FL: Julien says absentee vote ‘fraudsters’ are ‘trial run to presidential election’
Part 3 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* FL. Video: State lawmaker: we must stop ‘absentee ballot fraudsters’
Part 2 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
* FL: Lopez-Cantera: opponent claiming fraud because he’s ‘unhappy because he lost’
Part 1 of 25 in the series Voter Fraud (Source)
November 2, 2012: Malfunctioning Voting Machines in NV, NC, CO, TX, OH, & KS
Imagine going to vote for your presidential candidate and pushing the button on a touch-screen voting machine – but the "X" marks his opponent instead. That is what some voters in Nevada, North Carolina, Colorado, Texas and Ohio have reported.
Last week, TheBlaze brought you a story from a North Carolina voting precinct using electronic voting machines that was already experiencing issues where votes for GOP candidate Mitt Romney were being changed to Democratic candidate Barack Obama. Now, it’s allegedly happening again, this time in both Kansas and Ohio — and we talked to a vendor supporting the machines about the issue. (Source)
November 2, 2012: Possible Voter Fraud in Nevada
Investigators today arrested a Southern Nevada woman suspected of trying to vote twice this week at two different polling locations. [Roxanne] Rubin allegedly cast a vote Monday at the Anthem Community Center in Henderson. Later that day, she tried to vote a second time at an early voting location on Eastern Avenue, investigators said.
When Rubin arrived at the second location, a poll worker conducted a routine database check and found Rubin had already voted. When confronted by the poll worker, Rubin denied having voted and claimed the database used by the poll worker was wrong. (Source) and (Source)
November 2, 2012: Election Fraud in California
It's a discovery that's got Bernice and Wardell Chavis outraged. For the second time this month the couple has found remnants of mail-in-ballots tossed in the gutter near their Vallejo [California] home. Two weeks ago while out for a walk, the couple found three soggy ballots in the gutter. Then last week, in the very same spot, they discovered a voter's envelope with the ballot missing. (Source)
November 2, 2012: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
A double killer who was judged mentally insane at his trial has registered and voted from the mental hospital where he is confined. The voting activity of Wendell Justin Williamson, a patient at Central Regional Hospital in Butner, North Carolina, resulted from increased voter registration efforts at state mental hospitals for the developmentally disabled, Carolina Journal reports.
Williamson was registered on Sept. 13 at Central Regional as an unaffiliated voter. He cast an absentee ballot that was accepted Oct. 15 by the Granville County Board of Elections, Carolina Journal reports. In January 1995, Williamson, a law student, killed two strangers with an M-1 rifle in a street shootout near the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the Journal says. He was judged not guilty by reason of insanity. (Source) and (Source)
November 2, 2012: Election Fraud in Oregon
A temporary elections employee allegedly tampered with ballots to cast additional votes for Republican candidates in Clackamas County [Oregon], where several hotly contested races could tilt the balance of power in cities, the county and even the state legislature. (Source)
November 2, 2012: Election Fraud in Texas
The Texas Secretary of State has asked the state Attorney General to look into a complaint of "vote-harvesting" centered around a San Antonio cemetery. (Source)
November 2, 2012: Election Fraud in South Dakota
The South Dakota GOP accused Democrats on Thursday of trying to buy votes by serving food at a series of get-out-the-vote rallies, but event organizers insisted their chili was legit. State GOP Chairman Tony Post said in a news release that the recent rallies were "eerily similar" to the events that sparked the 2010 investigations. That year, Democratic volunteers offered people at some rallies rides to polling places so they could vote early. Republicans accused Democrats of violating state and federal laws by offering people food in exchange for their votes. (Source)
November 3, 2012: Voter-Regstration Fraud in Several States (ACORN)
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys, including Quarterback Tony Romo, were names that ACORN workers attempted to register to vote during the 2008 presidential election. The ensuing outrage sparked a voter registration fraud scandal that helped lead to the activist group's demise, and put new focus on the integrity of third-party voter registration efforts during Presidential elections.
Now, four years later, the name: John Adolf Hitler, was one of those turned in on a voter registration form collected by another group in Cincinnati [Ohio], according to the Hamilton County Board of Elections. "It's certainly not a joke. In Ohio, that kind of activity is a felony," says Alex Triantafilou, an Elections Board member who also serves as the Chairman of the county's Republican party. (Source)
November 4, 2012: Voter Fraud in Nevada
Voter registration fraud is not a groundless conspiracy. It is not a hypothetical threat to election integrity. In Nevada, a battleground state that could decide the presidency and control of the U.S. Senate, it is real.
Last week, I met with two immigrant noncitizens who are not eligible to vote, but who nonetheless are active registered voters for Tuesday's election. They said they were signed up by Culinary Local 226. They speak and understand enough English to get by. But they don't read English especially well. They say the Culinary official who registered them to vote didn't tell them what they were signing and didn't ask whether they were citizens. The immigrants said they trusted that the union official's request was routine, thought nothing of it and went about their work.
Then the election drew closer. Then the Culinary canvassers started seeking them out and ordering them to go vote. One of the immigrants was visited at home by a Culinary representative and said the operative made threats of deportation if no ballot was cast. (Source)
November 4, 2012: Election Fraud in Iowa
Muscatine [Iowa] resident Craig White says a Democratic campaign worker somehow gave his 75-year-old mother the impression that it was OK for her to sign his name on an absentee ballot request form when he wasn’t home. It’s a felony under Iowa’s voting laws to falsify a signature.
“It shocked me, and it really almost made me change my vote,” said White, a Democrat. “As far as I’m concerned, my civil rights were violated.” (Source)
November 5, 2012: Election Fraud in Florida
Anamary Pedrosa, involved in Hialeah’s absentee-ballot bundling scandal, swore to authorities that she was not aware of the Miami-Dade County [Florida] ordinance that prohibits the collection of absentee ballots — even though her own boss, County Commissioner Esteban Bovo, cosponsored the measure.
The 25-year-old did admit, however, that she did everything she could to conceal the ballots she systematically collected from well-known ballot-brokers, or boleteros, in Bovo’s Hialeah office – even carrying the ballots in grocery bags and wrapped in newspapers from the office to the trunk of her car.
Under oath, Pedrosa explained to Miami-Dade public-corruption prosecutor Tim VanderGiesen and detective Joaquín García, from the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Public Corruption Unit, her role in the amassing of 164 absentee ballots in Hialeah. Her statement, obtained by The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, shows that authorities did not interrogate the young woman as a suspect in the absentee ballot fraud investigation.
In exchange for her testimony, Pedrosa received immunity from prosecution. But on Aug. 10, the day after she was questioned, authorities arrested one of Hialeah’s most prolific boleteros: Sergio Robaina, the uncle of former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina.
“I don’t know why Anamary snitched on me,” said Robaina, 74, after reading Pedrosa’s testimony last week. “I was stunned. It’s sad and painful.”
Pedrosa’s statement was released week as part of the discovery in the criminal case against Robaina, charged with two felony counts of manipulating absentee ballots and two misdemeanor counts of violating the county ordinance. Pedrosa has not responded to repeated requests for comment. (Source)
November 5, 2012: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
The father of a mentally handicapped woman claims his daughter and others were “carted off” to a North Carolina polling site last week and “coaxed” into voting for President Obama by workers of the group home where she stays – a claim the owner of the home disputes and that apparently has not yet triggered an investigation by election officials.
The father, Cecil Pearson, said his daughter – who is 40 but has the “mentality ... of a 7-year-old” – was “brainwashed the night before” and then taken to a Roanoke Rapids polling site on Friday to vote. He said his daughter told him what happened when he picked her up on Sunday.
“They brought her a piece of paper and they indicated which block to check,” Pearson told FoxNews.com. “She voted for Barack Obama and was coaxed into doing that.” He claimed “more than four” people were brought to the site. (Source)
November 5, 2012: Voter Fraud in Virginia
The daughter of an Alzheimer’s patient is fighting mad that a Henrico County [Virginia] rehabilitation facility cast her mother’s vote in the face of warnings that the elderly woman “doesn’t know what she is doing.”
Janet Benedict, of Louisa, told Watchdog.org she was stunned when the activities director at Lexington Court informed her that 81-year-old Dorene Hagen had voted via absentee ballot. “(Lexington) had called me on Oct. 12 and asked about my mother’s county of residence and whether she had voted in the last election,” Benedict related. “I told them, ‘You know she has Alzheimer’s, right?’ I’m not worried about her voting; I’m worried about her rehabilitation. I thought that was the end of the conversation.”
But at a care meeting Oct. 24, Benedict was informed by Lexington staffers that her mother had, in fact, voted. When an argument ensued, Hagen chimed in: “I don’t need to vote.” “She didn’t even know she had voted. She hasn’t voted since 1998,” said Benedict, who has full power of attorney for her mother.
Benedict says that neither she nor her mother knows who Hagen voted for. (Source)
November 5, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Massachusetts
When police arrested Joel Santiago-Vazquez last year, they found a stash of powder and crack cocaine hidden in a false bottom of a Pringles potato chip can. Police also found, according to their report, that federal immigration authorities had "no record of (his) entering the country". A detainer was issued, and Santiago-Vazquez became one more illegal immigrant caught in the crosshairs of the federal government. But FOX Undercover found out something else about Santiago-Vazquez. He's been registered to vote from his home address in Lawrence [Massachusetts] since 2010.
Our investigation shows he's not the only registered voter in Lawrence who is not a citizen. By cross-checking Lawrence voter records with criminal records that included records indicating lack of citizenship, we found three others. (Source)
November 6, 2012: Election Fraud in Various States
At this very moment, Project Veritas investigators are all over the country capturing some extremely disturbing Election Day footage. For instance, at MULTIPLE voting locations we caught poll supervisors ON CAMERA telling people not to vote for Romney! Some were even openly mocking his Mormon beliefs. (Source)
November 6, 2012: Election Fraud in Pennsylvania
Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding the first court order issued by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to seat Republican Minority Inspectors in Philadelphia Polling places: “This was a shameless attempt from the Obama campaign to suppress our legally appointed Republican poll watchers in Philadelphia and they got caught,” Chairman Rob Gleason said.
“We’ve seen these shenanigans before and it’s clear that Democratic operatives and the Obama campaign are desperate; trying to shield Republican Minority Inspectors who are employees of the City of Philadelphia today from monitoring election activities. It certainly raises the question, what are Democrats doing in the polls that they are working so hard to shield folks from monitoring this election?”
So far this morning, Democratic operatives prohibited 75 legally credentialed Republican election workers from accessing polling places in heavily Democratic areas in Philadelphia. Incidents ranged from judges of elections refusing to seat Republican Minority Inspectors and Clerks, to reports of Democratic election operatives announcing that “No Republicans will be allowed in the polling place.” (Source)
November 6, 2012: Voter Fraud in IA, MD, FL, PA, & AR
In Iowa, they just jailed three people for voting illegally. They were non-citizens: two Canadians and a Mexican. In Maryland, the Democratic Congressional nominee in the Annapolis District had to resign. Why? Because she had been voting in Florida and Maryland in the same elections for years – very civically minded! A couple of years before that, a former Democratic Congressman in Pennsylvania was convicted of voter fraud. His crime was going into nursing homes filled with Alzheimer's Disease patients and, shall we say, assisting them unnecessarily with their ballots....
[In Arkansas] a jury convicted a Democratic state legislator, a city Councilman in West Memphis, and a police official at West Memphis, on 45 counts of [voter fraud]. (Source)
November 6, 2012: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
In North Carolina, PJ Media reports that one “Andrew Gail Holmes voted early in Sampson County, North Carolina, and then appeared at their precinct today to vote again, according to the staff director of the Sampson County Board of Elections, Donna Mashburn.” “We have a gentleman who had early voted,” Mashburn said, “and went to his precinct to vote. (Source)
November 6, 2012: Election Fraud in New York
Not even a Senate candidate is immune from strange goings on at the polling sites. Wendy Long, the Republican candidate for Senate in New York, said she went to cast her vote Tuesday morning and got the runaround from a poll worker. Voting in the very blue New York borough of Manhattan, where voters fill out paper ballots, slip them into a “privacy sleeve” and then insert them into a scanner, Long said she had hers ripped away by a poll worker.
"A poll worker who was at the scanner studied my private ballot and proceeded to tell me that it was rejected because I did not 'fill in every space,’” Long said. “She then proceeded to indicate that I should mark the Democratic line all the way down.”
Long, a seasoned attorney who was a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and has served as an adviser to Mitt Romney for several years, said she knew better. She had elected not to mark the boxes next to Democrats who were running unopposed in local races, but that should not have made her ballot invalid.
“I said, I'm sorry, but that just can't be the case ... that would force me to vote for people I don't want to vote for,” Long, 52, recounted. Long, who is running against incumbent Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillebrand and came to the polls with her family, said she demanded to be allowed to manually feed her own ballot into the scanner – which worked. (Source)
November 6, 2012: Election Misconduct in Pennsylvania
Is Pennsylvania leaning more towards Mitt Romney than the polls and Obama think? There are some shocking reports coming out of the swing-state of Pennsylvania today, raising the question that voter fraud could take place.
In Philadelphia, the Black Panthers are currently standing outside polling booths, intimidating voters just like they did in 2008. You’ll recall that in 2008, one member of the Black Panthers group was seen outside a Pennsylvania polling center, holding a billy club during the election four years ago. The group was later criminally prosecuted for voter intimidation, but the charges were later dropped by the Department of Justice.
Clearly for this election cycle, those criminal charges didn’t stop them from practicing the same activities. Fortunately, to help counter the Black Panther’s intimidation tactics, a group of former Navy Seals are set to also stand guard outside these polling centers, to make sure the Panthers don’t bother anyone on their way to vote.
In addition to the Black Panthers’ presence, nearly 70 Republican polling inspectors were blocked from numerous polling booths in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today. According to one GOP official, “just under 70″ Republican election officials had been prevented from entering the Philly polling sites this morning by Democrats. One had reportedly been “shoved out of the polling place.” A judge issued an order earlier today that Republican election officials across Philadelphia who had been ejected or refused entry by on-site Democratic voting chief judges had to be reinstated.
These inspectors are court appointed officials that have a main goal of monitoring the electoral process and making sure every ballot is counted and that voter fraud isn’t taking place.
Officials from both political parties are supposed to be present, but the Republicans in Pennsylvania have since been blocked from monitoring. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
November 6, 2012: Election Misconduct in Michigan
The Michigan GOP is complaining that one of its poll watchers was threatened with a gun. The poll watcher, a lawyer, was confronted by a voter who demanded that he show his credentials. The poll watcher complied with the request – but the voter objected and allegedly brandished a gun and badge and ordered him to leave the precinct. The GOP observer was reportedly chased away by the unidentified gun-wielding individual. (Source) and (Source)
November 6, 2012: Election fraud in North Carolina
Ken Sharpe, of High Point, North Carolina, told Fox News that he was waiting in line to vote when he noticed a poll worker approach a woman who needed help. The incident occurred at the Springfield Friends Church polling station in the city’s third ward. Sharpe said he watched as the worker showed the woman where the Obama button was – along with all the other Democrats on the ticket. “She was pushing the buttons he told her to push,” Sharpe said. “This is pretty shady.” (Source) and (Source)
November 6, 2012: Election Misconduct in Ohio
True the Vote, a national organization dedicated to free and fair elections, was just reported to have been barred from several Ohio polling places. (Source) and (Source)
November 6, 2012: Election Fraud in Florida
A robocall from a Florida elections office told thousands of voters they have until Wednesday evening to vote. (Source) and (Source)
November 6, 2012: Election Fraud in Chicago
In Obama’s home turf of Chicago, a voter at the Ward 4, Precinct 37 polling place (1212 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, Illinois), photographed “an election judge checking in voters while wearing an Obama hat.” According to the Weekly Standard posting, “The voter who took the photo says: ‘Woman in front of me also given an extra ballot.’” (Source) and (Source)
November 6, 2012: Election Misconduct in Philadelphia
A giant mural of President Obama adorned the wall inside a Philadelphia [Pennsylvania] polling place. And although a judge subsequently ordered the Obama mural be covered up “in its entirety,” poll workers instead “slapped up a few pieces of paper that only partially covered his image,” Fox reported, “while leaving the Obama campaign logo and a quote from the current president in full view for voters.”
Likewise, a poster featuring President Obama – with the message “Change the Atmosphere” – was reported to be hanging on a wall inside a polling station at the Jack L. McLean Community Center in Tallahassee, Fla., as depicted in this photo reportedly taken by a voter there. (Source)
November 6, 2012: Voter Fraud in Virginia
The former Digital Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee tells Townhall he fears he's been victimized by voter fraud in the key swing state of Virginia. His early morning ordeal played out in the House district of Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), whose 23-year-old son abruptly resigned from the campaign in late October, after being caught on film conspiring to count illegal votes. When the NRCC alumnus arrived to vote at his polling place in Alexandria this morning, his attempt to cast a ballot was rebuffed by election officials: "I got inside, they set me up, I gave the woman my ID, and I told her my address. She said, 'it seems you've voted absentee.' Then she realized she'd read the sheet wrong. 'No, it says here that you've already voted,' she told me. I hadn't even applied for an absentee ballot, nor did I vote early. As hokey as it sounds, I was excited to vote in person. I had absolutely not voted earlier that day. I arrived four minutes after they opened. Basically, I was told I'd already voted, but I hadn't."
The former GOP official says that prior to this year, he'd voted absentee in three consecutive elections, due to the nature of his position within the party. "I haven't voted in-person since 2004; I'd had to do absentee ballots because of my work – so I was really excited today. I got up at 5:45 am to get there early and I stood in line, in the cold, for an hour. I remember my mother taking me to register to for the draft and to vote on the morning of my 18th birthday, so this process has always been an extremely important thing to me. The idea that my vote may not be counted is a very big concern, and I don't know how to confirm if my [provisional] vote will even count." (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
November 7, 2012: Voter Fraud in Ohio
A couple from Forest Park [Ohio] showed up yesterday at the polls to vote just like they have ever since they turned 18. When it was their turn, they were both told that they had already voted via absentee ballot. The couple said that they have never voted absentee and wanted to know how this could happen. (Source)
November 8, 2012: Election Fraud in indiana
When South Bend, Indiana prosecutors charged local Democratic officials with faking 22 petitions to get President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards on the 2008 Indiana ballot, [Ari] Berman [of The Nation] dismissed the incident as insignificant. (Source)
November 8, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Nevada
After the names of several Dallas Cowboys showed up on voter rolls in Nevada in 2008, Jesse Jackson Jr. said, “Obviously it's not right for a fake ‘Tony Romo’ to be registered in Las Vegas ... but remember the basic point[:] it's not voter fraud unless someone shows up at the voting booth on Election Day and tries to pass himself off as ‘Tony Romo.’” Four Democratic officials and political operatives in New York State pleaded guilty a year ago to voter fraud-related felony charges. The prosecution said that signatures were forged on absentee ballots which were then cast. "The phrase they use is: 'making sure they vote the right way,'" a source close to the case told reporters. (Source)
November 8, 2012: Voter Fraud in Mississippi
A Tunica, Mississippi jury sent Mississippi NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers to prison for five years in 2011. She was convicted of voting 10 times using the names of other people, some of whom were dead. (Source)
November 8, 2012: Possible Voter Fraud in New York
Allegations of voter fraud, intimidation and disenfranchisement cast a shadow over Tuesday's elections in Dutchess County [New York]. In Northern Dutchess, a number of voters from Bard College were denied the right to vote on machines because they had been deemed inactive by the county Board of Elections. Those voters instead cast their votes on affidavit ballots, which are counted only after being subjected to potential challenges. (Source)
November 8, 2012: Election Fraud in New York
A case of election fraud occurred in Flushing [New York] when a Korean-American translator helping voters at PS 20 was caught directing them to vote for Democratic candidates. A volunteer poll watcher confirmed the incident.
The translator, Sang Soo Park, was expelled from the polling place for breaking the law by telling at least three voters to choose the Democratic slate, according to the observer, attorney Daniel Baek. Baek is a certified poll watcher appointed by the Dan Halloran campaign who was charged with overseeing nine polling places including PS 20. He was called to the school after a Board of Elections site monitor overheard Park telling a voter whom to choose for the second time. Baek then observed Park doing the same thing with another voter. (Source)
November 9, 2012: Possible Voter Fraud in Ohio
Vote fraud expert Bev Harris told the Alex Jones Show that a substantial number of votes for Mitt Romney in the key battleground states of Florida and Ohio, both of which went to Obama, were not even counted before the result was announced. (Source)
November 11, 2012: Possible Election Fraud in Ohio
Barack Obama received more than 99% of the vote in more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio on Election Day. In fact, there were a substantial number of precincts where Mitt Romney got exactly zero votes. So how in the world did this happen? Third world dictators don’t even get 99% of the vote. Overall, Mitt Romney received 30.12% of the vote in Cuyahoga County. There were even a bunch of precincts in Cuyahoga County that Romney actually won. But everyone certainly expected that Cuyahoga County would be Obama territory. And in most of the precincts that is exactly what we saw – large numbers of votes for both candidates but a definite edge for Obama. However, there are more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County where the voting results can only be described as truly bizarre.
Yes, we always knew that urban areas would lean very heavily toward Obama, but are we actually expected to believe that Obama got over 99% of the votes in those areas? In more than 50 different precincts, Romney received 2 votes or less. Considering how important the swing state of Ohio was to the national election, one would think that such improbable results would get the attention of somebody out there. Could we be looking at evidence of election fraud hidden in plain sight?
Perhaps if there were just one or two precincts where Obama got more than 99% of the vote we could dismiss the results as “statistical anomalies” and ignore them. But there were more than 100 precincts where this happened in the most important swing state in the nation. Maybe there is some rational explanation for the numbers that you are about to see. If there is, I would really love to hear it.
What makes all of this even more alarming is that there were reports of voting machine problems during early voting in Ohio. It was being reported that some voters were claiming that they tried to vote for Romney but that the voting machines kept recording their votes as votes for Obama. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
November 11, 2012: Voter Fraud in Florida
Late Saturday Florida officials agreed to a full recount of early ballots then on Sunday abruptly excluded over half of them without clear reason.
Republican Congressman Allen West’s campaign is ready to “go to war” to get a recount in the Florida 18th Congressional District race. The latest twist to emerge from the ongoing vote count – in some precincts there are more ballots than voters.
Preliminary, unofficial vote totals were filed today in the neck and neck race between Mr. West and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy. The Murphy campaign has already declared victory, but the numbers have not been officially certified and the count goes on. The West campaign believes that they are close to the .5% vote margin that will trigger an automatic recount under Florida election law.
The vote count has been marked by controversy. Poll watchers accuse local election officials of incompetence, intimidation and possible fraud. The latest twist is that in some precincts of St. Lucie County there appear to be dozens more ballots being counted than the number of voters. The West campaign is demanding St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker release the voter poll books that show how many voters actually showed up on Election Day to validate the count. “What we are saying is, open your books!” a source close to the West campaign told The Washington Times. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
November 12, 2012: Voter Fraud in New York
Tomorrow, [New York] Board of Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough is slated to be back in front of a jury as his second voter fraud trial starts more than three years after the scandal first broke. His first trial, as I'm sure you know, ended in a hung jury for he and his co-defendant former Councilman Michael LoPorto.
More than three years after the scandal broke – shortly after the 2009 Working Families Party primary – we are still at it with McDonough's verdict still out there, obviously, and former Council President Clement Campana and Councilman Gary Galuski still under indictment for their alleged roles in the scam. (Source)
November 12, 2012: Election Fraud in Pennsylvania
Up to 10 percent of the ballots cast at a polling station in Pennsylvania reverted to a default, which gave Barack Obama a vote no matter who the voter had selected, according to a poll watcher who was a witness to the proceedings.
The incident took place in the state where officials claimed Obama got a total of 19,605 votes in 59 voting divisions to zero for Mitt Romney and not far from the 100 precincts in Ohio where Obama got 99 percent of the vote, a feat not even achieved by Third-World dictators, according to Market Daily News.
It was in Upper Macungie Township, near Allentown, Pa., where an auditor, Robert Ashcroft, was dispatched by Republicans to monitor the vote on Election Day. He said the software he observed would “change the selection back to default – to Obama.”
He said that happened in about 5 percent to 10 percent of the votes. He said the changes appeared to have been made by a software program. Ashcroft said the format for computer programming has a default status, and in this case it appeared to be designating a vote for Obama each time it went to default.
He found it suspicious that Romney and Obama were in a virtual tie in most polls, but Obama then suddenly surged ahead by a number of points on election night. (Source)
November 13, 2012: Possible Election Fraud in Several States
The outcome of the Nov. 6 presidential election shocked almost everyone, with very few analysts expecting Barack Obama to win so decisively and to take so many of the “battleground” states that seemed to be pulling toward Romney. But then the reports of voting irregularities started leaking out, then gushing out – like the 59 different Philadelphia [Pennsylvania] voting divisions in which Mitt Romney received zero votes compared to Obama’s 19,605. And the Cleveland precinct in which Obama beat Romney 542 to 0. (In fact, Romney received zero votes in nine Cleveland [Ohio] precincts.) And that’s just the beginning.
According to Philly.com, 59 voting divisions in Philadelphia [Pennsylvania] produced a “head-spinning figure,” not one vote for Romney. “The unanimous support for Obama in these Philadelphia neighborhoods – clustered in almost exclusively black sections of West and North Philadelphia – fertilizes fears of fraud, despite little hard evidence,” the newspaper said.
Chicago [Illinois] elections worker Steve Pickrum told WND as an equipment manager for the elections system, he was called when a voting machine malfunctioned. “On early voting when I did work on the floor when voters needed help using the equipment, I was able to see the preference of the voter, and every time that I saw [a] voter voted for Romney a ‘voter save failure’ message came up on the screen,’” he reported. Then when he went on Election Day to vote himself, he picked Romney and experienced the same error message. He reported he never experienced the error message when the voter was choosing Barack Obama.
Another poll worker, this one assigned at the University of Michigan, reported to WND a list of irregularities, including that the precinct captain told her at one point, “You go sit down, you are bothering me,” when she was trying to observe the proceedings. “I was only standing there and looking at voter documents,” she told WND. “It was clear that what bothered him was my very presence.” She said a short time later a young man arrived and identified himself as a Democrat poll challenger. “The first time he said anything was to object to my challenge of a voter. He tried to anger the voter by telling her ‘She does not believe you are who you say you are.’ He was trying to create a scene. It then happened again and I told him ‘You are not here to challenge me!’ His reply was a very loud ‘Yes I am! You are a Republican and you are here to prevent people from voting. You are holding up the line and creating obstructions,’” she reported. She told WND in fact no one waited more than about 15 minutes to vote the entire day, and there were no obstructions.
On YouTube was the testimony of a computer programmer, telling the Ohio Legislature that he was able to write a program that would rig elections by flipping the total vote from the real winner to a pre-selected candidate. (Source)
November 21, 2012: Voter Fraud in Ohio
The Lorain County [Ohio] Board of Elections is investigating a Henrietta Township man who cast two ballots during the presidential election.
The man, who could potentially face criminal charges for voter fraud, requested an absentee ballot on Oct. 23, and the ballot was returned to the elections board Nov. 3, according to board records. The man then voted at his polling place Nov. 6. (Source)
November 21, 2012: Voter Fraud in Indiana
A former sheriff’s office supervisor was charged after an investigation into whether multiple police department employees had committed voter fraud. Bryan E. Wolfe, 35, who resigned this month as the Johnson County [Indiana] Sheriff’s Office director of communications, was charged with voting outside his precinct of residence, a Class D felony.
Wolfe was the only person charged by special prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp, who was asked to look into the claims of voter fraud after a letter was sent to multiple local officials. Wolfe had moved to Marion County but still voted in Johnson County in 2010 after he had moved, according to charging documents. (Source)
November 23, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Iowa
A citizen of Bosnia and two Canadian citizens have been charged with election fraud and fraudulent practices for allegedly registering and voting in Iowa without U.S. citizenship. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said it issued a citation to appear in court for 28-year-old Tehvedin Murgic, of Clive. The DCI said he is a citizen of Bosnia and registered and voted on Nov. 2, 2010. (Source) and (Source)
November 26, 2012: Malfunctioning Voting Machines in Maryland
A state lawmaker in Maryland has asked the FBI to impound two voting machines used in the 2012 election to determine whether there was a malfunction or something nefarious going on. She said a number of people contacted her after the Nov. 6 election to report that they pressed a touch-screen button for GOP candidate Mitt Romney, but the vote registered for Barack Obama. Also, suspiciously, a number of precincts reported a 100-percent vote for Obama, and some even reported beyond 100 percent. (Source)
November 29, 2012: Voter Fraud in New York
Fox News is one of the few media outlets following the voter fraud that's been rampant in Troy, New York, a suburb of Albany. Here's the last video report documenting how absentee ballots were faked, and eight Democrats are under indictment. Of course, the Democrats deny any wrongdoing. One of the guests said it's easy for elections to be stolen in this way, and the only way for it to be uncovered is from the inside. (Source)
November 29, 2012: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
A Cottage Grove [Minnesota] man told police Nov. 6 that someone had committed voter fraud by signing his name at a polling place, making it impossible for him to vote. (Source)
November 29, 2012: Election Fraud in Oregon
A grand jury has indicted a Clackamas County [Oregon] woman, for alleged ballot tampering. Deanna Swenson was a temp working for Clackamas County Elections. Questions about her work came up as ballots were being prepared for counting in the last week of October.
Oregon Justice Department spokesman Jeff Manning [said,] “This follows nearly a month of investigation by the Department of Justice at the request of the Secretary of State. There was an allegation by an eyewitness – one of the fellow election workers – that Ms. Swenson was tampering with a ballot.”
Now a grand jury has indicted Swenson on six counts: two counts of altering a cast ballot, two more of voting more than once. Those are felonies. She’s also charged with two counts of official misconduct – a misdemeanor. (Source)
December 3, 2012: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
Two of three Austin [Minnesota] residents who allegedly voted illegally at Ellis Middle School on Election Day have each been charged as an ineligible voter who knowingly voted, a felony.
Brothers William and Braulio Manzano were each charged Friday, Nov. 30, in Mower County Court. According to the court complaints, the brothers each checked the boxes on their voter applications that indicate they are not U.S. citizens. However, both men continued to fill out their applications and signed the portion that indicates they are citizens who can vote and that providing false information is a felony offense punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
An officer and interpreter spoke with the brothers, who both admitted they are not naturalized citizens but have permanent resident status with Minnesota identification cards. Braulio admitted to voting, according to the court complaint, because he didn’t understand the application and didn’t know he had to be a naturalized citizen to vote. (Source) and (Source)
December 10, 2012: Voter Fraud in Arizona
A man who briefly challenged Mohave County [Arizona] Sheriff Tom Sheahan before dropping out of the race has pleaded guilty to voter fraud. Under terms of a plea agreement, Mike Hays is guaranteed probation after pleading guilty to false voter registration and tampering with a public record.
Court documents indicate that Hays was registered to vote in both Mohave County and Coconino County. He used a campaign worker’s address in Kingman along with that of a shooting range, also in Kingman, when he filled out paperwork to run for sheriff. But prosecutors say he was actually living in Flagstaff and working for the Arizona Department of Corrections in Winslow. (Source)
December 14, 2012: Voter Fraud in Ohio
Auglaize County [Celina, Ohio] officials are looking into possible voter fraud after discovering one resident may have voted twice in the Nov. 6 election.
Board of elections director Carolyn Campbell this morning said staff members go from precinct to precinct after each election to count every ballot and verify every signature. During that process after the general election, they discovered one person may have voted in two different precincts.
Because of the ongoing investigation, Campbell could not release the name of the voter or the precincts. The voter will face felony charges if officials determine there is enough evidence for fraud, she said. (Source)
December 14, 2012: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
Prosecutors believe a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) organizer fraudulently voted in a 2011 election in Wisconsin, according to documents provided to the Daily Caller by the Wisconsin-based government watchdog group Media Trackers.
An investigation by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has led to a subpoena of SEIU’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and has implicated the prominent labor union in a voter fraud case that threatens to lead to criminal prosecution.
Then-SEIU Senior Organizer-in-Training Clarence S. Haynes, who is no longer affiliated with the union and whose whereabouts are currently unknown, voted in the hotly contested April 2011 election for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat despite not being a resident of Wisconsin and leaving the state shortly after voting, according to an October 19, 2012 affidavit prepared by Bruce J. Landgraf, the assistant district attorney for Milwaukee County.
Haynes, who maintained an official permanent residence in Clearwater, Florida, allegedly voted along with two other SEIU organizers in Glendale, Wisconsin on April 5, 2011 — using a Residence Inn as their official address. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
December 19, 2012: Voter Fraud in California
Clouding Orange Cove's [California] election are complaints of voter fraud. Guerra Silva said there was no unlawfulness in the voting, while Orange Cove Police Chief Frank Steenport said he forwarded complaints to the Secretary of State about inconsistencies in the voting.
Steenport said, "There were a large volume of complaints, or concerns about it. I've always tried to make sure that the process is protected contrary to certain feelings of certain people ... there was everything from buying of votes to intimidation of voters. The names were all referred to the Secretary of State. There were names being manipulated in absentee and provisional ballots, which appear to be where the last-minute landslide came in."
López and Guerra Silva said it was the police department that was intimidating the voters, following the candidates and showing up at homes and asking people what they were told. López, Guerra Silva and Pardo asked Fresno County Elections chief Brandi Orth that a police officer, even plain-clothes or off-duty, should not work at the polling station in Orange Cove on Election Night for fear of intimidation of the voters.
"I think it's been very well documented, especially in the local paper, that Mr. López made it very clear that he wants to replace me. I guess that's his choice, his prerogative. The police department is effective. It's made a tremendous difference in Orange Cove," said Steenport. (Source)
December 20, 2012: Voter Fraud in Tennessee
DeSoto County [Tennessee] Election Commission chairman Paul Beale said several voting irregularities in the Nov. 6 general election and Nov. 27 runoff "are in the process of being turned over to the proper authorities, including the FBI.
District 4 Election Commissioner Carl Payne reported an incident in which "a father cast an absentee ballot, the son voted in person and then the son changes clothes and returned to vote as his father. We learned of this from a written statement from the poll manager."
A voter came to cast a ballot, gave a name that was on the poll book, signed the receipt book and was allowed to vote. Another person using the same name came to vote later that day, "and was informed he'd already voted. The second person provided proof of identity," Payne reported. Also, a voter cast a ballot in person at the proper precinct — and then prepared a provisional ballot, including a sworn affidavit, at another precinct. (Source)
December 21, 2012: Voter Fraud in New Jersey
A 61-year-old Belleville [New Jersey] man was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for submitting phony absentee ballots while he was working on the 2007 election campaign of state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-29).
John Fernandez had been found guilty of fraud, forgery, records tampering and conspiracy in September, State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said in a statement. Fernandez had also been forced to surrender his job with the Essex County Office of Economic Development.
Fernandez took part in a scheme involving “messenger ballots,” which are used by voters homebound by illness or a disability. Fernandez fraudulently obtained the ballots, then filled them out on behalf of voters who had never received them. (Source) and (Source)
January 2, 2013: Voter Fraud in Massachusetts
An Everett [Massachusetts] state representative who reportedly agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of voter fraud has officially vacated his seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Representative Stephen “Stat” Smith, a Democrat first elected in 2006, submitted a letter Monday to Secretary of State William F. Galvin, saying that he was vacating his seat, effective Jan. 1.
Federal prosecutors allege that Smith submitted fraudulent absentee ballots in advance of municipal and state elections in 2009 and 2010. According to a Dec. 20 statement from the US attorney’s office, Smith allegedly submitted fraudulent requests for absentee ballots, then cast those ballots on behalf of voters without their knowledge. Prosecutors say Smith also knowingly delivered absentee ballots to ineligible voters, knowing that their votes in his favor would be fraudulent. (Source) (Source)
January 10, 2013: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
The Scotland County [North Carolina] Board of Elections is pursuing a voter fraud case after a convicted felon cast a vote in the 2012 elections. The information will be turned over to prosecutors by Friday, said Dell Parker, board director. Anyone convicted of a felony in North Carolina loses the right to vote, Parker said.
"A person convicted of a felony cannot vote until their rights are restored, they've pulled their time, paid their fines and are off of probation," she said.
The allegedly fraudulent vote was cast during the one-stop early voting period that was held prior to the November elections, Parker said. "A gentleman, who was convicted of a felony in the past, registered and voted on the same day," she said. Workers discovered, while researching the man's information, that he was still on probation, Parker said. "We sent a letter requesting him to appear for a hearing and he did not (appear)," she said. (Source)
January 15, 2013: Voter Fraud in Ohio
Hamilton County [Ohio] officials are prepared to refer five cases of potential vote fraud in November's election to prosecutors and have ordered further investigation into about two dozen other voters' actions that also could result in criminal charges.
The five cases include one in which an individual who lives in Florida tried to use her old Greater Cincinnati address to vote in Hamilton County. That was discovered when the voter's request for an absentee ballot was handled by a temporary board of elections worker who bought the woman's local house when she moved to Florida. (Source)
January 17, 2013: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
A convicted felon who pleaded guilty in 2010 to writing a bad check had allegedly not waited until her civil rights had been restored before voting in the 2012 general elections.
Lindsey Anne Heitman, 31, of Albertville [Minnesota], was arrested Friday and charged with allegedly voting while knowing she is ineligible, and registering as an ineligible voter, both "crimes against the government," according to a criminal complaint filed by Wright County Attorney's Office.
Heitman was on a five-year probation after the felony bad check conviction, and would not be eligible to vote until 2015. On Nov. 6, Election Day, Heitman checked in with her probation officer, Department of Corrections Probation Officer Truda Boler, and reported that she voted at Albertville City Hall. Boler reported to the Wright County Sheriff's Office that a felon had voted in Albertville. (Source)
January 18, 2013: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
Karl Reinelt, A 51-year-old felon, was charged in Waukesha County [Wisconsin] Circuit Court with one count of election fraud after voting in the Nov. 6, 2012 election.
The alleged illegal vote was first reported the day after the election by Clerk-Treasurer Nancy Zastrow. She said she first noticed the mistake when comparing the new registrants’ sheets with the Government Accountability Board’s list of convicted felons.
She said the mistake should have been caught when Reinelt tried to vote, but the poll workers were busy and must not have cross-checked his registration. The vote could be thrown out, if it were challenged, but Zastrow said that would be difficult to do because of the anonymity of the voting process. (Source)
January 23, 2013: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
Milwaukee [Wisconsin] prosecutors are investigating at least two instances of suspected voter fraud from the presidential election in November, court records reveal. In one matter, investigators seek records that might prove Leonard K. Brown voted twice in the November election, once in Milwaukee and again in West Milwaukee. The other suggests a Mukwonago man voted there and in West Allis. (Source)
January 31, 2013: Voter Fraud in Ohio
A Northeast Side [Columbus, Ohio] woman was fined $500 today for voting twice in the 2010 general election. Dominique Atkins, 38, of Barnes Drive E., pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of attempted illegal voting. The charge was reduced from a felony count of illegal voting as part of a plea deal.
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard A. Frye sentenced Atkins to 30 days in jail but suspended the jail time if she pays the fine and court costs by Nov. 1. Atkins requested and received two absentee ballots from the Franklin County Board of Elections, completed both and returned them on Oct. 25, 2010, Assistant County Prosecutor Brian Simms said. One of the ballots used a slightly different spelling of Atkins’ first name — Dominque — he said. (Source)
February 5, 2013: Voter Fraud in Ohio
Hamilton County [Ohio] election officials will issue more than two dozen subpoenas concerning possible vote fraud during November’s election, including cases in which a poll worker may have falsified votes and where someone “voted” via an absentee ballot sent to her several days after she died.
By a unanimous vote, the four-member county Board of Elections decided Tuesday to issue 28 subpoenas and scheduled two hearings later this month at which voters will be given a final opportunity to provide explanations before the cases are turned over to prosecutors for possible criminal charges. Pending further investigation, several other subpoenas may be issued later.
Some of the cases involve attempted double-voting in Walnut Hills, Westwood, Silverton and elsewhere. One deals with a Florida resident who attempted to use her old Greater Cincinnati address to vote in Hamilton County last November. And in another episode, someone who voted at an Avondale polling place on Election Day claimed to be a woman who already had cast an absentee ballot. (Source) and (Source)
February 5, 2013: Voter Fraud in New Jersey
My [Thomas Fleming] grandmother died there [New Jersey] in 1940. She voted Democratic for the next 10 years. (Source)
February 8, 2013: Voter Fraud in Ohio
Melowese Richardson, a Madisonville [Ohio] resident who has worked polls in Ohio since 1988, has been accused of voter fraud and admitted voting multiple times for Barack Obama.
Three other absentee ballots, all from Richardson's address and filled out in similar handwriting, were received by the election board the same day her absentee ballot was received. According to Richardson, one of the ballots belonged to her brother who, she said, stays at her house "from time-to-time." Another belonged to Markus Barron, who, according to Richardson, lives at her home.
Richardson admitted voting for Montez Richardson, claiming she had power-of-attorney to do so and believed that all of the votes she made were legal. (Source) and (Source)
February 13, 2013: Voter Fraud in Ohio
Having already incriminated herself in front of a TV news camera, [Melowese] Richardson said she’ll contest criminal voter fraud charges. “I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and for Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States,” she said nonsensically.
Hamilton County, Ohio, records reportedly indicate that Richardson voted by absentee ballot on Nov. 1. Ten days later she told an official she also voted at a polling place out of fear that her absentee ballot would not count.
County records also accuse Richardson, who has registered thousands of people to vote, of being disruptive and hiding “things from other poll workers on Election Day after another female worker reported she was intimidated by Richardson.” An investigation revealed that the perpetrator’s granddaughter, India Richardson, also voted twice in November. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
February 14, 2013: Voter Fraud in Indiana
A North Vernon [Indiana] man who worked on a former Jeffersonville mayor’s re-election campaign in 2011 has agreed to plead guilty to three counts of vote fraud in Jennings County Circuit Court on charges related to a campaign there. Michael L. Marshall, 60, will plead guilty to three offenses, all class D felonies. The charges stem from an investigation of voter fraud issues regarding absentee ballots and applications submitted in Jennings County in 2010. (Source) and (Source)
February 15, 2013: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
A 53-year-old Hustisford [Wisconsin] man is being charged with election fraud after voting in the last election, despite being ineligible to vote due to a prior felony conviction. Richard O. Alverson, 103 Tweedy St., is charged with election fraud – providing false information to an election official. (Source)
February 18, 2013: Voter Fraud in Illinois
An opponent of Cicero Town [Illinois] President Larry Dominick is accusing the incumbent of trying to intimidate Latino voters. Juan Ochoa is running against Dominick in next week's election. Both candidates are accusing each other of voter fraud. (Source)
February 19, 2013: Voter-Registration Fraud in North Carolina
North Carolina's Civitas Institute has revealed that the North Carolina State Board of Elections and the Obama campaign conspired to register at least 11,000 people via the internet in violation of state law. This has been confirmed through records requests filed with all of North Carolina's 100 counties. The counting is not yet complete.
North Carolina does not allow online voting, but according to Civitas, SBE staff authorized an Obama campaign website, Gottaregister.com, to use a web-based registration program. The SBE's chief lawyer responded to the charge with a plainly disingenuous 1984-newspeak answer. (Source) and (Source)
February 22, 2013: Voter Fraud in Florida
A Pompano Beach [Florida] woman who is a convicted felon was accused of voting illegally in the November 2012 election. Onakia Lanet Griffin, 33, was charged by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with submitting false voter registration information, false swearing and fraud in casting a vote.... The vote fraud probe began last year when Griffin met with her federal probation officer in Hollywood while wearing a sticker that said, "I voted early," an FDLE complaint affidavit states. She admitted to the probation officer that she voted in the 2012 presidential election, Broward County Judge John "Jay" Hurley said while reading from the affidavit. (Source)
March 6, 2013: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
Margaret Schneider will tell you life hasn’t been easy lately. She uses a walker to get around her small St. Peter [Minnesota] apartment, can’t stand for long periods of time and readily admits she’s a victim of senior moments. Schneider, 86, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and dementia is one of her symptoms.
She’s also easily stressed, which became apparent while she discussed with The Free Press the letter she received recently from the Nicollet County Attorney’s Office. It told her she’s been charged with a felony for voting twice during the 2012 primary election.
Schneider doesn’t deny the allegation. She realizes now, after talking with St. Peter police detective Travis Sandland, that she did vote twice. She voted once with an absentee ballot on July 13 and again at her polling place Aug. 14. (Source) and (Source)
March 7, 2013: Voter Fraud in Iowa
The Linn County [Iowa] Auditor contacted law enforcement to investigate an alleged voter impersonation case that happened during Tuesday's casino election. Linn County Auditor Joel Miller says an unidentified individual voted in person at a polling place Tuesday. That person signed into the voting register and cast a ballot. Later in the day, the actual voter showed up to find someone had already voted under her name. (Source)
March 11, 2013: Voter Fraud in Ohio
Three people have been charged after a string of voter fraud allegations during the 2012 presidential election. Fox News’ Eric Shawn reports that Obama supporter Melowese Richardson has been indicted for voting six times in November’s election. She faces eight counts of voter fraud along with two others, including a nun.
The 58-year-old Cincinnati, Ohio poll worker had admitted to a local television station that she’d voted twice, claiming she was concerned her absentee ballot wouldn’t count. The Hamilton County prosecuting attorney Joseph Deters said Richardson voted for herself and five relatives....
Sister Marguerite Kloos is accused of submitting an absentee ballot in the name of another nun who died before the election. She plans on pleading guilty.
The third person, Russell Glassop, was charged with submitting an absentee ballot on behalf of his deceased wife. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
March 18, 2013: Possible Voter Fraud in Illinois
Election officials are investigating a number of complaints stemming from Tuesday's primary, including the Illinois Attorney General's Office reviewing whether absentee ballots were counted too early in St. Clair County.
The state's Attorney General's Office received an inquiry concerning election officials tallying absentee ballots at the St. Clair County Building before the polls closed at 7 p.m., according to Attorney General's Office spokesman Scott Mulford. A team of attorneys with the Attorney General's Office is gathering more information concerning the inquiry, Mulford said.
St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said investigations continue into two complaints concerning voter problems. In addition, Kelly said about a dozen absentee votes were challenged and needed to be vetted for certification. (Source)
March 20, 2013: Voter-Registration Fraud in New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office in conjunction with the Secretary of State’s Office is investigating thousands of voter affidavit mailers sent to voters that did not offer proper identification while voting or registering to vote during the 2012 election cycle that were postmarked as returned as undeliverable or unanswered by the recipients.
Both Stephen LaBonte, the new elections investigator with the NH AG, and Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan, confirmed that their offices were involved in the massive undertaking of checking more than 20,000 voters who were allowed to register to vote and cast ballots last year while not being able to prove where they lived or who they are, as part of the state’s new voter ID law. (Source)
March 21, 2013: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
Milwaukee County [Wisconsin] prosecutors Thursday filed voter fraud charges against 10 people, including two accused of double voting in 2012 elections and two felons ineligible to vote. (Source) and (Source)
March 26, 2013: Voter Fraud in Iowa
Two more people face charges as Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz's crackdown on voter fraud continues. A Melbourne man is charged with election misconduct and fraudulent practice. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 53-year-old Nickie Dean Perkins registered and voted in the November General Election though he's a convicted felon. He was charged March 5. A hearing is set for April 1. His attorney, Mark Olberding of Nevada, says Perkins thought his voting rights were restored. Olberding says Perkins cast a provisional ballot in November but it wasn't counted.
Authorities also have charged 64-year-old Jesus Castorena, of Hampton, with perjury for claiming on 2010 driver's license and voter registration applications he was U.S. citizen. He had been deported to Mexico in 2007. An arrest warrant has been issued. (Source)
March 26, 2013: Election Fraud in North Carolina
The State Board of Elections is investigating at least two claims of buying votes during the most recent Mt. Gilead [North Carolina] mayoral election. The complaints were filed at the time of the election, last November, but are just now being investigated.
One claim involves a former resident of Tillery Chase, Mary Dennis. Dennis’ son, Bobby Thompson, filed a complaint with the local board of elections office and Department of Social Services saying his mother had been exploited. In his complaint Thompson said, “I am a former resident of Mount Gilead and 1991 graduate of West Montgomery. I have spent the last 20 years in the Navy and currently reside in San Diego, California. This past weekend I found out from my mom Mary Dennis who resides at Tillery Chase Assisted Living Facility that a woman named Geri Dowd took my mom to Troy to register to vote on the condition that they support Patty Almond. For doing this she bought my mom a pack of cigarettes and lunch at McDonalds. My mother is physically disabled and has history of mental illness and has never voted in her life. She didn't have the ability to tell me the names of any candidates running for office or who she was voting for. My mom tells me that Geri Dowd is taking multiple residents almost on a daily basis. I must say that I am shocked at the tactics of local politics in Mount Gilead. (Source)
April 7, 2013: Voter Fraud in New York
Voter fraud was one of ex-Bronx [New York] Assemblyman Nelson Castro’s tricks for gaining power, court papers obtained by The Post show. Castro schemed to illegally register dozens of voters in his district ahead of the election that sent him to Albany and forged signatures on petitions to earlier seek office as a district leader. Those revelations are spelled out in a deal Castro signed April 2 in which federal prosecutors agreed not to prosecute those crimes in return for wearing a wire in a probe of his political colleagues. It’s the same document in which Castro agreed to resign from the state Assembly, and in which Bronx prosecutors agreed to drop state perjury charges for lying about the number of people registered to vote from his one-bedroom apartment. (Source)
April 9, 2013: Voter Fraud in Massachusetts
Former Rep. Stephen “Stat” Smith has been sentenced to four months in federal prison for two misdemeanor counts of voter fraud. The Everett [Massachusetts] politician pled guilty earlier this year with an agreement from U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz that prosecutors would recommend a six-month sentence. In both municipal and state elections, Smith ran a scheme where he obtained absentee ballots for ineligible voters and in some cases cast ballots for voters without them knowing it. (Source)
May 1, 2013: Voter Fraud in Indiana
A former state representative and longtime Jennings County [Indiana] Democratic Party worker received an 18-month sentence Wednesday for three felony convictions of voter fraud. Michael R. Marshall, 61, was ordered by Jennings Circuit Judge Jon Webster to serve half of his sentence behind bars, but the remaining nine months were suspended. Marshall was indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 20, 2011, on 20 counts of voter fraud, 12 counts of forgery and 13 counts of perjury. Under a plea agreement, all charges were dropped in exchange for Marshall’s three guilty pleas, each a Class D felony. (Source)
May 3, 2013: Voter Fraud in Florida
Authorities today arrested a Longwood [Florida] man whom they accuse of casting an illegal ballot during early voting last fall. Allen Prudent, 21, was locked up today at the Seminole County Jail. According to the State Attorney's Office, Prudent was not a registered voter but signed an affidavit during early voting on Oct. 27, declaring that he was registered. (Source)
May 4, 2013: Voter Fraud in New York
In 2008, Derek Scott, of 315 S. Ninth Ave., died of colon cancer. In 2012, he voted in the Mount Vernon [New York] school board election. In that same election, Dyanan Jaikaran, a candidate, appears to have voted twice. And another voter used a city-owned tennis shed as his address. (Source) and (Source)
May 9, 2013: Voter Fraud in California
Prosecutors are investigating allegations of voter fraud in Little Armenia [California], part of a Los Angeles City Council district where two candidates are waging a bitter battle for an open seat. According to a spokeswoman for L.A. County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, prosecutors are trying to determine whether backers of one candidate illegally filled out mail-in ballots for dozens of voters in the Armenian enclave in East Hollywood.
In a complaint sent to Lacey's office, an attorney for candidate John Choi accused backers of Choi's opponent, Mitch O'Farrell, of "widespread voter fraud and illegal electioneering activities." The complaint alleges that O'Farrell campaign workers filled out voters' ballots for their candidate while telling them they were voting for Sam Kbushyan, a candidate of Armenian descent who ran and lost during the primary election. (Source)
May 10, 2013: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
Shawn Marie Kaarbo (aka Shawn Marie Melton and Shawn Marie Strandberg), 49, of Barnum pleaded guilty in Carlton County [Minnesota] Court last Wednesday to one count of voting while ineligible. The charge, which was originally filed as a felony, was sentenced as a gross misdemeanor according to the plea agreement.
Judge Wolf sentenced Kaarbo to one year of local confinement and stayed the sentence for two years. He also ordered her to complete 40 hours of community work service. Kaarbo cast a vote in the November 2012 general election in a polling place in Skelton Township. At that time, she completed a Minnesota voter registration application and signed a certification saying she was eligible to vote.
According to the complaint filed against Kaarbo, however, she was ineligible to vote because she had been convicted of felony first-degree assault on June 15, 2010, and her civil rights had not yet been restored at the time of last fall’s election. Part of the reason the inaccuracy was not detected at the time was due to the fact that Kaarbo had recently undergone a change of last name.
Another woman, Anna Nichole Nelson, was also charged with voter fraud in a case similar to Kaarbo’s. Election judge Shane Comozzi later brought his suspicions about the two women’s eligibility to Carlton County Auditor Paul Gassert. (Source)
May 13, 2013: Voter Fraud in Missouri
It now appears that the wrong candidate was declared winner of the 2010 Democratic primary in Missouri’s 19th District. But, as The Star is reporting, Rizzo’s uncle has pleaded guilty in federal court to voting in Rizzo’s district when he in fact lived north of the river. (Source)
May 17, 2013: Voter Fraud in Missouri
On Monday, John C. Moretina pleaded guilty to a federal felony count of voter fraud in the August 2010 Democratic primary in Missouri’s 40th legislative district. Moretina falsely claimed he was living in the 40th district just so he could vote in the primary. This is a Democratic district where the winner of the primary, John J. Rizzo, was highly likely to become the district representative in the state house and, in fact, was elected. But Rizzo beat his Democratic opponent, Will Royster, by only one vote: 664 to 663.
Moretina did not inform the court whom he voted for, but since he is Rizzo’s uncle, it is not too much of a stretch to guess that he gave his nephew the winning margin of victory. Moreover, there were also allegations that Moretina’s wife fraudulently voted in this primary election as well, although she was not charged. (Source)
June 5, 2013: Voter Fraud in South Dakota
Police in Mitchell [South Dakota] say they arrested a 54-year-old resident suspected of voting twice in Tuesday's school board election. (Source)
June 14, 2013: Voter Fraud in Florida
A Federal Emergency Management Agency official has been arrested in connection with a voter fraud case in St. Johns County [Florida]. Michel Pawlowski, 68, was named in a complaint last fall alleging voter fraud. He lives in Maryland. His daughter ran for St. Augustine Beach [Florida] city commission and won.
According to the charging affidavit, Pawlowski signed a voter registration form in which he reported his legal address in St. Augustine Beach and voted by absentee ballot in the general election in November 2010, the presidential primary in January 2012, and the general election last November.
According to the affidavit, Pawlowski got a Florida driver's license this year and also bought a house with his daughter in St. Augustine Beach this year. When asked why he registered his name as a Florida voter, he couldn't explain, according to the affidavit. Pawlowski is charged with false swearing and submission of false voter registration information. (Source)
June 28, 2013: Voter Fraud in Missouri
John and Clara Moretina pleaded guilty Friday to a voter fraud charge in Jackson County [Missouri], according to a release from prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. The release says each admitted they attempted to cast an improper ballot in the Aug. 3, 2010, Missouri House primary in the 40th district.
“They willfully provided to Kansas City Board of Election officials false information as to their addresses and residences in order to vote,” the release says. Both will pay a fine and forfeit their voting rights. “These two will never vote again,” the prosecutor said in her statement.
State Rep. J.J. Rizzo, a Democrat, is a nephew to the Moretinas, who live in Gladstone. Rizzo won the Aug. 3, 2010, primary by one vote.
The Kansas City Police Department investigated the Moretinas’ votes after John Moretina, 60, pleaded guilty to voter fraud in federal court. Clara Moretina, 61, was not charged in that case. (Source)
July 15, 2013: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
Voter fraud charges have been filed against two Somali women who say they didn’t realize they voted twice in the general election last November. Farhiya Abdi Dool, 38, and Amina A Hassan, 31, each face one felony charge for voting once by absentee ballot and once at a polling place during the 2012 general election. The women, both naturalized U.S. citizens, were charged June 21 via complaint summons and will make their first appearances in Rice County [Minnesota] District Court next Monday. Each woman faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the offense.
According to the criminal complaints, Dool and Hassan had registered to vote and completed voter registration applications at the Rice County Auditor’s Office on Nov. 5, 2012. The auditor’s office also has record of Dool and Hassan voting by absentee ballot that day.
Dool and Hassan each completed another voter registration application the next day, Election Day, at their polling location and signed the roster of new registrants, according to the complaint. They also voted at that time. (Source)
July 19, 2013: Voter Fraud in Ohio
She boasted that she voted twice in last November's presidential election. She was charged with repeatedly voting illegally over three elections using the names of others, including her sister who has been in a coma for a decade. Now 58-year-old Melowese Richardson, a veteran Cincinnati [Ohio] poll worker, will be spending the next five years in prison for voter fraud.
Richardson's sister has been in a coma since 2003, and authorities said that the votes Richardson cast using her name counted in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. She was also accused of illegally voting in November's election in the names of other people, including her granddaughter India Richardson, who told Fox News that "it wasn't a big deal." (Source)
August 1, 2013: Election Fraud in New York
Details began to emerge yesterday about the election fraud scandal in Poughkeepsie, New York that involves Democratic Elections Commissioner Frances Knapp. Commissioner Knapp was indicted and plead not guilty to 46 felony counts and 48 misdemeanor counts of official misconduct and other charges.
The charges against Knapp go back to 2008 when Knapp allegedly created a false document to fill a vacancy in a nomination for a Democratic candidate. Knapp was also charged with illegally signing and filing a campaign finance disclosure in 2010 for her husband, Fred Knapp, a former Democratic candidate for Mayor of Poughkeepsie. The most recent charges against Commissioner Knapp come from actions Knapp took during the 2012 Republican primary for New York State Senate. Knapp allegedly illegally signed a poll watcher certificate for supporters of insurgent Republican Tea Party candidate Neil DiCarlo.
The most disturbing charges against Knapp, however, involve Knapp's involvement in absentee ballot fraud. Knapp allegedly tampered with the computer system at the Dutchess County Board of Elections to have absentee ballots sent to Democratic operatives when voters never requested the ballots be sent. Most interestingly, many of these victimized voters were residents of Maplewood Apartments, a senior living complex in Poughkeepsie. Who is the manager of Maplewood Apartments? You guessed it... Frances Knapp. (Source)
August 7, 2013: Election Fraud in Massachusetts
After pleading guilty on Monday for his involvement in a voter fraud scandal, former East Longmeadow [Massachussets] Selectman Enrico ‘Jack’ Villamaino has learned his sentence. Wednesday morning, Judge Mary-Lou Rup sentenced Villamaino to one year in jail at the Hampden County House of Corrections, but he will only serve four of those twelve months behind bars.
Villamaino pleaded guilty Monday in Hampden County Superior Court to charges of larceny under $250, interfering with an election official, four counts of forgery of a document, four counts of perjury, and conspiracy to commit an unlawful act. He and his wife, Courtney Llewellyn, were charged in 2012 with changing the party affiliations for about 280 East Longmeadow voters. About a month after those changes were made, Mastroianni says that there was an almost “name-for-name match” for those people who had their enrollment changed from ‘Democrat’ to ‘Unenrolled.’ At that time, Villamaino was running for a seat in the Mass. House of Representatives against Marie Angelides. (Source)
August 20, 2013: Voter Fraud in Texas
Federal authorities have arrested a former Brownsville [Texas] woman for allegedly voting five times by absentee ballot under five different names in a Cameron County runoff election in 2012. Sonia Leticia Solis, 54, was taken into custody Tuesday in Fort Worth and made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton in Fort Worth. She is expected to be ordered to Brownsville soon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas, said in a press release. Solis was listed on Cureton’s docket, which indicated that Solis was in the FBI’s custody. (Source)
August 21, 2013: Voter-Registration Fraud in California
Controversial immigrant-rights leader Nativo Lopez is stepping down from the two organizations he leads and will resign from public life after 44 years of activism. Lopez, a recalled former Santa Ana [California] school board member, indicated in a three-page announcement emailed Monday night that he was frustrated by not making more progress in his public efforts and would focus solely on his personal life.
"After so many years of experimenting with different forms and means to change this system, I have found myself doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result," wrote Lopez, 60.
His resignation as head of Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana and the Mexican American Political Association becomes effective today, he said. Lopez, who now lives in Los Angeles, has been the center of conflict repeatedly.
Last June, he pleaded guilty to a felony count of voter-registration fraud related to charges that he lived in Santa Ana when he registered to vote in Los Angeles in 2008. Although he had terminated his Orange County registration and there was no allegation that he voted more than once in any election, a judge found that he was not living at his Boyle Heights office, where he had registered to vote. He was sentenced to probation and community service. (Source)
August 23, 2013: Voter Fraud in Ohio
Three cases of possible voter fraud are under investigation in Allen County [Ohio]. Ken Terry, director of the Allen County Board of Elections, announced the cases were passed on to the prosecutor's office after three people voted twice in the Nov. 6 election. He told the board during a special meeting at the Allen County Board of Elections on Monday. In one case, Terry said, the person voted on Election Day twice at two separate precincts. Officials saw the signatures completely differed from each other. In the other two cases, the people cast absentee ballots and also voted on Election Day at their respective precincts. (Source)
August 27, 2013: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
About 50 men and women packed a Rice County [Minnesota] courtroom Tuesday afternoon as two Somali women pleaded not guilty to charges of voter fraud stemming from the general election last November. Farhiya Abdi Dool, 38, and Amina A Hassan, 31, each face one felony charge of unlawful voting for voting once by absentee ballot and once at a polling place during the 2012 general election. Each woman faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the offense.
According to the criminal complaints, Dool and Hassan had completed voter registration applications at the Rice County Auditor’s Office on Nov. 5, 2012. The auditor’s office also has record of Dool and Hassan voting by absentee ballot that day. Dool and Hassan each completed another voter registration application the next day, Election Day, at their polling location and signed the roster of new registrants, according to the complaint. They also voted at that time. Dool and Hassan’s incidents were two of about 25 cases of suspected voter fraud forwarded by the auditor’s office to the sheriff’s office for investigation on Jan. 31, according to Rice County Attorney Paul Beaumaster. (Source)
August 28, 2013: Election Fraud in Missouri
Three people have been accused of fraud related to the April 2 election for Mayor and Alderman in Flordell Hills [Missouri]. Charged on Tuesday with felony election offenses were Jerrell Sherod, 39, of the 2500 block of Burchard Drive, Rachelle Oliver, 53, of the 11900 block of Larimore Road, both of unincorporated St. Louis County, and Andrew Schafer, 31, of the 5700 block of Jennings Station Road in Flordell Hills.
Court documents say Schafer helped Oliver and Sherod file forms with the Flordell Hills City Clerk declaring themselves candidates for Mayor and Alderman using false addresses. Schafer is charged with two counts of election offenses and two charges of felony forgery. The others face one count each of making false statements. Oliver listed his occupation on his jail booking sheet as a police officer at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. Neither he nor his chief could be reached Wednesday. (Source)
September 6, 2013: Voter Fraud in Alabama
Kelly Horwitz filed suit in the Tuscaloosa County [Alabama] Circuit Court today, officially contesting the results of the election for the District 4 seat on the City Board of Education. In a statement released alongside the suit filing, Horwitz says her complaint alleges that many of the votes cast in the election were from people who were not eligible to vote in the district.
Shortly following Cason Kirby's narrow victory over Horwitz, allegations began to arise that the University of Alabama's Greek community offered incentives such as free drinks in exchange for votes. At least one sorority and one fraternity offered identical incentives to their members in the same email advocating for support for former Greeks and current school board candidates Kirby and Lee Garrison. A fraternity leader encouraged members to go to the polls regardless of whether they were registered or not, advising them to cast provisional ballots. In addition, allegations of at least 10 students registering to vote in the same single-family home arose before the elections. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
September 11, 2013: Voter Fraud in New York
What appears to be an orchestrated pattern of voter fraud is being reported at a pivotal precinct in South Williamsburg [New York]. According to a Board of Elections poll worker and another poll watcher, groups of young Hasidic men attempted to enter the polling station at IS 71 and vote under the names of other citizens who have yet to vote. "They're signing signatures, but the ID they show doesn't match the signature on the forms. Yes, there's been some illegal stuff going on," BOE poll worker Antoinette Reaves said.
An NYPD officer standing outside IS 71 told us he had witnessed four men attempting to vote under the wrong name in the two hours he had been posted there.
While some of the attempts were made by men who looked to be of voting age, others struck poll workers as obviously fraudulent. "They're fourteen, fifteen years old, walking in here with a crowd of people. We stopped them and asked for ID—we know they're too young to go in there. They've been trying it all day," Reaves said. "The same faces are appearing." (Source)
September 18, 2013: Voter Fraud in Michigan
A complaint by former Hamtramck [Michigan] Councilwoman Cathie Gordon may have helped expose election fraud in Hamtrmack's August primary. State Attorney General Bill Schuette on Wednesday charged three Hamtramck men with a total of 41 counts among them of improper possession or return of an absentee ballot.
Armani Asad, a City Council candidate himself who supported Gordon in her campaign and still has one of her signs on his front porch, is charged with 14 counts; Salim Ahmed, 50, with 21 counts; and Russell Mohammed, 32, with six counts. Each of the crimes is a felony that carries up to five years in prison.
Gordon, 66, said there were nearly 50 absentee ballots submitted and rejected by City Clerk Marie Kendzierski, who retired a month before the election. She filed her complaint after Kendzierski's replacement, August Gitschlag, reversed the decision and recorded the votes. (Source)
October 14, 2013: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
A Milwaukee [Wisconsin] man pleaded guilty Monday to illegally voting five times last year in West Milwaukee, when in fact he did not have residency there.
Leonard K. Brown, 56, still faces a charge of voting twice in the November presidential election and making a false statement to an election official on Election Day. Those cases have been rescheduled for trial in January. His sentencing on the five convictions resulting from Monday's pleas will be scheduled sometime after that trial.
Brown was among 10 people charged in March with a variety of charges related to voter fraud. He is charged with voting twice in the Nov. 6 election — in person in Milwaukee on that date and by absentee ballot in West Milwaukee four days earlier.
The guilty pleas involved votes in West Milwaukee in five prior elections. Brown was convicted of five felonies and now is prohibited from voting until his civil rights are restored. (Source) and (Source)
November 2, 2013: Voter Fraud in Colorado
El Paso County [Colorado] Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams has forwarded 18 cases of potential voter fraud from the September recall election of Sen. John Morse to the district attorney for investigation. The cases are a variety of possible fraudulent votes perpetrated by Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters during the successful recall of Morse from his District 11 seat. Some of the cases were caught when signatures on absentee or mail-in ballots didn't match those on file, clerk's office spokesman Ryan Parsell said. (Source)
November 4, 2013: Voter Fraud in Texas
A 55-year-old woman in Texas plead guilty to voter fraud on Monday for forging ballots in the 2012 primary election. The case will certainly become fodder in the defense of the state's new, restrictive voter ID law.
According to an alert from the FBI (which we saw via Ryan Reilly), Sonia Leticia Solis faces up to five years in prison after her sentencing next February. She admitted that she obtained "multiple mail-in ballots by forging applications on behalf of individuals she represented to be disabled." How many votes she actually completed isn't clear, nor is the race which she was hoping to influence. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
November 4, 2013: Election Fraud in Connecticut
A group of concerned citizens in the Wooster Square neighborhood in New Haven [Connecticut] are wondering if they’ve been duped into a case of voter fraud. “There was a complaint made to this office from a resident in Ward 8,” explains Deputy City Clerk Sally Brown.
After further investigation, the City Clerk’s office found several residents in the Winslow Celentano housing complex had similar stories, claiming a woman known in the neighborhood offered to help them fill out absentee ballots for the upcoming election.
Mary Bishop said, “I thought it was kind of strange that she was telling me who to vote for and that she was filling out the papers instead of me.” Other residents including Genia Pugh and Ed Beamon claimed a neighbor took their completed absentee ballots and mailed it in on their behalf. “Someone is not supposed to pick up your ballot and go put it in the mail for you,” says Deputy Clerk Brown. “It’s against the law.” (Source) and (Source)
November 5, 2013: Voter Fraud in Massachusetts
The city of Boston [Massachusetts] issued an online warning telling former residents they may not vote in today's mayoral election if they have moved out of the city even if they are still registered.
The warning comes on the heels of a FOX Undercover investigation that found several former residents had voted in the city's September preliminary election. And now FOX Undercover has found another example of questionable voting, this time involving a top city official who has lived in Westwood for years but who votes in Boston.
FOX Undercover watched on Monday as Elmo Baldassari, deputy commissioner at the Boston Public Works Department, left work at the end of the day and drove to a 2,208 square-foot home in Westwood he owns.
But the next morning, he voted shortly after 7 a.m. at St. George's church in West Roxbury – the polling location for the diminutive condominium he owns in West Roxbury.
"We're doing a story on voting, and we're wondering why you voted in Boston when you live in Westwood?" FOX Undercover reporter Mike Beaudet asked him today.
"I live in West Roxbury. Fourteen Heron Street," Baldassari replied.
"How often do you actually sleep there?" Beaudet asked him.
"Four nights a week," Baldassari replied.
Baldassari bought the Westwood home in 1981, property records show. It's where three other family members are still registered to vote.
Baldassari was a registered voter in Westwood until 2001, when he switched to Boston. That's when he got a job working for the city, which has its own residency requirement for employees.
Now Baldassari says he sleeps four nights a week at the West Roxbury condo, which at 872-square foot is just 40 percent of the size of his Westwood home.
"So is this a way just to get around the city residency laws?" Beaudet asked him.
"No it's not," he replied.
"When's the last time you actually slept in West Roxbury?" Beaudet asked.
"I was there last night, sir. Thank you," Baldassari replied.
The questions over Baldassari come just days after FOX Undercover asked the city about other people who voted in the preliminary election for Mayor in September, including two Boston firefighters, James Greatorex and Michael Leonard, both of whom own homes in Reading.
The two firefighters insisted they both actually live in Charlestown, which is where they voted from in September. However, they both signed homestead declarations for their homes in Reading, saying those homes north of Boston are their primary residence. Both men claimed they were separated from their wives, and that it was their wives who live in the Reading homes. (Source)
November 9, 2013: Voter Fraud in Florida
The man at the center of South Florida’s latest absentee-ballot fraud investigation is the go-to operative when local candidates need to sway Haitian-American voters. Nacivre Charles, better known as “Charlie,” works mostly out of North Miami and Little Haiti and is known for his passionate pitches on Creole-language radio on behalf of his politician clients and for his relentless attacks of their opponents. On the air, he touts his accessibility, giving out his cell phone number and offering rides to the polls.
Now, the man once relegated to the background as a fervent campaign worker is at the forefront of a fraud investigation that has touched one of his close friends, North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau. Charles was her campaign treasurer when she ran for office earlier this year.
The North Miami office Charles shares with Tondreau was raided a week ago by investigators working with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. That same day, Charles was arrested for driving with a suspended license, triggering an outpouring of support on Haitian radio. It’s unclear if that arrest was related to the search....
Prosecutors apparently traced fraudulent ballot requests to a computer at the North Miami office address. The unlawful absentee-ballot requests that Tondreau’s political campaign may have submitted online earlier this year were flagged before they could be mailed out to the unsuspecting voters. A search warrant for computers and other electronic equipment allowed law enforcement to seize any campaign, financial or address-book records related to Tondreau and Charles. (Source) and (Source)
November 9, 2013: Voter Fraud in Virginia
Merely hours after the close of a bitter and divisive Governor’s race in Virginia that saw Democrat Terry McAuliffe pull out a win over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, irregularities in voting data have emerged. According to mainstream media outlets McAuliffe supposedly defeated Cuccinelli in a razor-thin 47-46 percent victory to become the next Governor of the great state of Virginia.
Immediately following the announcement, Cuccinelli’s office opened a full investigation into the legitimacy of the vote and quickly turned up surprising results. In 13 districts, multiple instances of intimidation at the polls were reported. Large black men wearing traditional Black Panther garb were reported lingering around polling places approaching older voters asking questions about who they intended on voting for. In Loudoun and Fairfax counties (traditional Democratic strongholds), election officials withheld submitting voter data in order to get an idea of whether to count absentee ballots or not. In an audit of the voter registration information, it quickly became apparent that MULTIPLE votes were cast by people who were either deceased or had long ago moved out of the district. (Source) and (Source)
November 14, 2013: Voter Fraud in California
In the midst of a potential $7 million budget shortfall, another problem was brought to the attention of the city of Desert Hot Springs [California]. Claims of voter fraud in the tightly-contested race for Mayor have surfaced and it's causing some to believe politics are taking precedent over real problems. "Why is it in Desert Hot Springs that we keep digging and digging and digging after the results have come in," said mayor-elect Adam Sanchez.
The digging is coming from former councilman Karl Baker. The self-proclaimed close friend to incumbent in last week's election, Yvonne Parks, is crying foul. Baker believes the twelve vote margin that gave Sanchez the mayoral win over Parks comes with a big asterisk. "I think the law is flawed," said Baker. "If somebody is registered in one county for example and you file for registration, how is he or she purged from the other county, or are they?"
Baker alleges several claims of voter fraud including voters registered in two counties, non-residents voting in the DHS election and even felons voting. Baker says he's shared his concerns with the candidates and plans to go to the police and county registrar next. "After every election, there's going to be people that are upset because their candidate did not win and that's the same case here," said Sanchez. "There's a lot of people who really haven't gotten over the fact that the election's over." (Source)
November 18, 2013: Possible Voter Fraud in New York
The Board of Elections in Plattsburgh [New York] has started counting hundreds of absentee ballots. It could decide the winners in several races for Plattsburgh City Council and the Clinton County Legislature that were too close to call on Election Night.
One contest already decided is the race for Mayor in the City of Plattsburgh. It turns out Republican Jim Calnon's lead on Election Night was bigger than the number of absentee ballots returned to the Board of Elections, so Calnon is the winner and the city's new Mayor-Elect.
But other races will be decided by absentee ballots counted over the next few days, and dozens – if not hundreds – are being challenged by some Republican candidates. They claim volunteers with the Working Families Party may have filled out ballots for voters who were fully capable of going to the polls themselves on Election Day. Police in Plattsburgh have launched an investigation in the voter-fraud allegations. (Source)
November 22, 2013: Voter Fraud in Massachusetts
A Massachusetts man has been indicted for voting in Manchester during the 2012 Presidential election. Late Friday afternoon Attorney General Joseph A. Foster announced in a release that Lorin C. Schneider, Jr., of Carver, Massachusetts had been indicted by a Hillsborough County grand jury for wrongful voting in violation of RSA 659:34, I (e). State officials claim that during the November 6, 2012 Presidential Election, Schneider voted at a Ward 9 polling place in Manchester, where he was a registered voter. The attorney general's office says at the time Schneider had lived in Carver, Mass., for over 20 years. (Source)
November 22, 2013: Voter-Registration Fraud in Colorado
The Arapahoe County [Colorado] district attorney's office has charged four people with misdemeanors after a voter-fraud investigation that tracked more than 40 people and election records dating back to 2008. Two of the people charged are immigrants — one from Africa who has donated to Democratic causes, the other from Poland — who have been deemed ineligible to vote in Colorado. The other two are Coloradans who worked for a liberal non-profit organization that registered people to vote. All four are charged with "procuring false registration," according to a news release Friday from Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler's office. The office investigated 41 "non-citizens." (Source)
November 23, 2013: Voter Fraud in Pennsylvania
The Lackawanna County [Pennsylvania] district attorney's office is investigating voter fraud in Taylor from the Nov. 8 election, District Attorney Andy Jarbola said Friday. Mr. Jarbola declined to detail the nature of the fraud, but a Taylor councilman and other sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it centers on absentee ballots. County Director of Elections Marion Medalis declined to comment on the investigation. She said the Bureau of Elections received 153 applications for absentee ballots from Taylor and 124 were returned. The Taylor election featured hotly contested races for Mayor and four borough council seats. (Source)
November 26, 2013: Voter Fraud in Rhode Island
Alberto Guzman is a Providence [Rhode Island] businessman. He's had his picture taken with the Governor and the Mayor of Providence. He served on the powerful loan committee for the city's Economic Development Partnership, deciding which businesses get taxpayer backed loans. And until Monday, according to the letter of the law, he was committing voter fraud.
The NBC 10 I-Team approached Guzman at his business, AG Services LLC.
Gavigan: "Why do you vote here in Providence when you don't live in Providence?"
Guzman: "Well, I've been in Providence ever since I came to the United States from the Dominican Republic. I work in Providence. I'm involved in civil matters, sports matters, everything that I do is in Providence, so I consider myself to be from Providence."
Town records confirm that Guzman's legal residence is in North Smithfield at a home on Douglas Pike. He's been there for more than 10 years.
According to his voting records, which were signed and filed with the Providence Board of Canvassers, he lives in Providence at 1214 Broad Street. The building is his insurance and accounting business. According to the records, he's voted from Precinct 2832 in 10 elections since 2000, including primaries.
Gavigan: "It's illegal."
Guzman: "Well, you tell me what's illegal. I'm going to vote for somebody in North Smithfield that I don't even know, when I know everybody in Providence." (Source)
November 30, 2013: Voter Fraud in Kentucky
There was a time when vote fraud was so pervasive in Clay County [Kentucky] that a lot of honest people saw no reason to vote, said Ken Bolin, pastor of Manchester Baptist Church. "They knew it was already bought and paid for," Bolin said of local races.
Vote-buying is deeply rooted in Eastern Kentucky's political culture, helping to make the region a hot spot for federal public-corruption cases.
From 2002 through 2011, there were 237 public-corruption convictions in the federal Eastern District of Kentucky, compared to 65 in the western district, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. It wasn't the first decade in which the eastern half of the state had one of the highest rates of corruption convictions per capita in the United States. (Source)
December 1, 2013: Voter Fraud in West Virginia
A former Mingo County [West Virginia] magistrate is scheduled to be in U.S. District Court in Charleston Monday to plead guilty to a federal voter fraud charge. Dallas Toler allegedly knowingly registered a convicted criminal to vote last year. (Source) and (Source)
December 3, 2013: Voter Fraud in Massachusetts
Two local men are facing charges of voter fraud from the Nov. 5 municipal election [in Worcester, Massachusetts]. Mark Atlas, 50, was accused of voting at the Ward 6, Precinct 5 polling station at 337 Greenwood St. under someone else's name. Richard Suchocki, 57, has been accused of assisting Mr. Atlas by providing him with the name and address of another registered voter. He was arraigned Monday.
When that registered voter went to the precinct to cast his ballot, he appeared to have already signed in, said Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst. An officer working there overheard the conversation and looked into what happened. A poll worker remembered the name of one of the men and police investigated.
"Both individuals were brought in and questioned, and based on the information they received (police) were able to charge them," Sgt. Hazelhurst said. (Source)
December 4, 2013: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
An Austin [Minnesota] man serving prison time allegedly found a way to cast an absentee ballot in a primary election in St. Peter in January and is now facing a felony voter fraud charge.
Representatives from the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office contacted Bridgette Kennedy, Nicollet County auditor and treasurer, in February to report that Marieo Joneth Olivayes, 32, had cast an illegal vote in a Jan. 29 primary election. The report was turned over to a St. Peter police detective who confirmed that Olivayes was serving a prison sentence for first-degree assault and wasn't scheduled to finish his parole obligations until April 2017.
The detective also learned that Olivayes had faxed a request for an absentee ballot to the auditor's office on Jan. 16 and a ballot was mailed to him at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter on Jan. 18, according to a criminal complaint filed in Nicollet County District Court.
His application to register as a voter and his ballot were returned to the auditor sometime between Jan. 21-28. Olivayes had signed a portion of the application that said he was not a convicted felon or, if he was, his rights to vote had been restored, the complaint said. He had voted in a DFL primary election for District 19A, which was won by now state Rep. Clark Johnson of North Mankato. (Source)
December 9, 2013: Voter Fraud in Iowa
Election misconduct charges were recently filed by Muscatine County [Iowa] Attorney Alan R. Ostergren in two potential cases of voter fraud in Muscatine County.
Charges of election misconduct in the 1st degree were filed against Mayra Alejandra Lopez Morales of Muscatine and Sylvia Rada of Muscatine on December 4, 2013. Lopez Morales and Rada are accused of registering to vote and voting in the 2012 general election while being non-citizens. (Source)
December 27, 2013: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
Voters in the Robeson County [North Carolina] town of Pembroke will go to the polls a second time to elect town council members after the State Board of Elections found many “irregularities” in the November election and ordered a new vote.
In a written order released Friday, the state board found that problems “occurred to such an extent in this election that they tainted the results of all the Pembroke municipal elections and cast doubt upon their fairness.” A new election in 2014 was the only appropriate remedy because of the seriousness and number of irregularities, the board found after a lengthy hearing at its meeting last week. (Source)
December 31, 2013: Voter Fraud in Nevada
Nevada has unions committing voter fraud by registering and getting to vote illegal aliens—who are forced to pay bribes to get work—and continue to pay bribes so the union does not turn them into ICE. (Source)
January 5, 2014: Voter Fraud in Colorado
“The New Year starts us off with another huge victory,” announced an email to supporters from Jon Caldara, president of Colorado’s Independence Institute. “I’m not going to jail!” Adding, “Well . . . at least I’m not going to jail for voting.” Or, more specifically, for voter fraud. That’s the term Colorado Democrats hurled at the brash conservative think-tank leader, urging a probe by El Paso and Boulder Counties and the Attorney General’s office to potentially charge Mr. Caldara with a felony. That investigation concluded last week, when the Colorado Attorney General’s office informed Caldara that he would not be criminally charged, as such a prosecution was “not warranted or viable.”
Nonetheless, just three days prior to last year’s historic recall election in which voters tossed Senate President John Morse out of office over the gun control legislation Morse had pushed through the state legislature, Caldara did, indeed, move his official residence from the home he shares with his two kids in Boulder to an apartment in Colorado Springs, where he could and did cast a ballot in that recall election.
Soon afterwards, Caldara — apparently not sufficiently wowed by his newfound Colorado Springs community — moved his legal residence back to his Boulder home.
The whole purpose of Mr. Caldara’s very public vote was to show that the election legislation passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature and signed into law by Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper facilitated what would otherwise most certainly be considered fraudulent voting.
Note that the recall ballot he cast, legally, he also purposely left blank. As he told reporters at the time, “The point was not to be that last vote for Morse — as delicious as that might be — the purpose is to show how easy it is under the new law to move voters from district to district.” (Source)
January 12, 2014: Voter Fraud in New York
In 1984, Brooklyn’s [New York] Democratic district attorney, Elizabeth Holtzman, released a state grand-jury report on a successful 14-year conspiracy that cast thousands of fraudulent votes in local, state, and Congressional elections. Just like the DOI undercover operatives, the conspirators cast votes at precincts in the names of dead, moved, and bogus voters. The grand jury recommended voter ID, a basic election-integrity measure that New York has steadfastly refused to implement. (Source)
January 14, 2014: Election Fraud in Texas
In recent weeks, the suicide of the school board president here and accusations of vote buying against three politiqueras have rocked the system. The charges may threaten the existence of politiqueras in Donna [Texas], an impoverished community of 16,000, where politics and jobs are inseparable. The school system is the largest employer, and city government is the second largest; local politics rivals high school football as a favored pastime.
Three women working as politiqueras in the 2012 elections in Donna were arrested by FBI agents in December and accused of giving residents cash, drugs, beer and cigarettes in exchange for their votes. According to court documents, the typical payment to a voter was $10, a sign of the extreme poverty in the Rio Grande Valley, which is home to some of the poorest counties in America. Two of the three women — Rebecca Gonzalez and Guadalupe Escamilla — are accused of paying some voters as little as $3 for each of their votes. One voter was given a pack of cigarettes. Others were taken to buy drugs after they received cash for voting for a politiquera’s candidate.
Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Escamilla and the third woman, Diana Castaneda, said the candidates and their campaign managers would give them the cash and instruct them to use it to pay voters in the 2012 primary and general elections, the FBI said in court documents. The three women worked for several candidates running for seats on the board of the Donna Independent School District, though court documents do not identify any candidates or campaign managers. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
January 14, 2014: Voter Fraud in New Hampshire
A Milford [New Hampshire] man has agreed to pay a $1,000 penalty for voting twice in the 2012 general election. The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office said Adam Kumpu agreed to pay the penalty to resolve a matter involving wrongful voting violations. His mother, Janine Kumpu, also of Milford, agreed to pay an additional $250 penalty for helping her son obtain an absentee ballot. Under New Hampshire law, it is illegal for a person to vote more than once for any office or measure in any election and/or apply for a ballot in a name other than his or her own.
The Attorney General’s Office investigated Adam Kumpu for voting twice during the 2012 general election. The investigation revealed that during the election, he voted by absentee ballot in Milford, and then on Election Day registered and voted in Keene.
The investigation further revealed that the absentee ballot was obtained by Adam Kumpu’s mother, Janine Kumpu, who completed a New Hampshire absentee ballot application utilizing the personal identifying information of Adam Kumpu and then signed her son’s name on the signature line. Janine Kumpu then submitted the application to the Milford Town Clerk’s Office. The town clerk then forwarded the absentee ballot to Adam Kumpu, who was attending Keene State College. (Source)
January 24, 2014: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Iowa
Charges have been filed in nine potential cases of voter fraud. A charge of perjury, a Class D felony, was filed against Kelli J. Griffin, 40, Montrose [Iowa]. Griffin is accused of registering to vote and voting in the 2013 city election while being a felon who has not had her voting rights restored.
Charges of first-degree election misconduct, a Class D felony, were filed against Robert Anthony, 56, Michelle Bruno, 39, Ricco Cooper, 39, Anthony Greer, 25, Harold Redd Jr., 48, Glen Tank, 42, Philip Thomas, 29, and Rosa Wilder, 49, all of Waterloo. Anthony, Bruno, Cooper, Greer, Redd Jr., Tank, Thomas and Wilder are accused of registering to vote and voting in the 2012 general election while being felons who have not had their voting rights restored. (Source) and (Source)
January 27, 2014: Voter Fraud in New Hampshire
The Keene Sentinel was one of the most strident opponents of New Hampshire’s voter ID law during the 2011-2012 legislative session. The paper mocked the very idea that voter fraud happens in New Hampshire. So it is amusing that the state Attorney General’s office announced this month that voter fraud was committed in Keene in 2012.
Adam Kumpu of Milford was fined $1,000 and his mother, Janine Kumpu of Milford, was fined $250 for the fraud. Janine Kumpu obtained an absentee ballot in her son’s name, and he used it to vote in Milford last November. He also voted in person in Keene.
That was proven fraud. Then there is the mystery of a vote recorded in Caitlin Legacki’s name in the 2012 general election. The bloggers at Granite Grok reported last week that someone voted in Manchester in 2012 under the name of former Jeanne Shaheen spokesperson Caitlin Legacki.
We confirmed with the City Clerk’s office that a vote under Legacki’s name and address was recorded. But Legacki moved out of New Hampshire shortly after the 2008 election (in which she voted) and was in St. Louis on Election Day 2012, working for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. “It certainly was news to me” that she was checked as having voted in Manchester in 2012, she told us last week.
No one has noted, though, that Legacki was one of many out-of-state campaign workers who moved to New Hampshire for a temporary campaign job in 2008, voted in the election, then quickly left. The state Attorney General has held that this is legal. It should not be. Fixing that loophole should make its way back onto the Legislature’s agenda. (Source)
January 27, 2014: Voter Fraud in Texas
The battle was heated in 2013 for the Weslaco [Texas] city commissioner's seat in District 5 between Letty Lopez and Lupe Rivera, and it continues to spark controversy even now.... Jerad Navjar is representing Lopez in a lawsuit filed against the incumbent Rivera after he won the race in November. The lawsuit outlines a slew of votes that Lopez claims were made by people who do not live in District 5. “All of these people cannot be living under the same roof.”
In one example listed in the lawsuit, 23 voters who cast a ballot in favor of Rivera were registered to a home on East 6th street in Weslaco. Lopez camp claims those votes were cast illegally since all of those people do not actually reside in the same house. (Source)
January 28, 2014: Voter Fraud in New Hampshire
Here is another guy who voted in your place – if you are a legitimate New Hampshire taxpayer: Our old friend from London, England, Europe – Parker Gilbert a Dartmouth student awaiting his rape trial.
A citizen of another country had no problem whatsoever voting in Hanover, New Hampshire. Not wanting to intimidate any potential voter is the claim NH liberals have used to legislatively undermine every election law that guarantees election purity. The blinders the Attorney General’s Election Law Division wears when faced with evidence of voter fraud help let non-citizens of the United States take your NH vote away. (Source)
January 28, 2014: Voter Fraud in California
A Los Angeles [California] jury on Tuesday convicted state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on all eight counts in his perjury and voter fraud trial. The Inglewood Democrat was indicted by a Los Angeles County grand jury in September 2010. He had pleaded not guilty and said he thought he had been following the law in 2007 when he took steps to run for the seat he has held since late 2008.
In a trial that began Jan. 8, prosecutors accused Wright of faking a move to a rental property he owned in Inglewood so he could run in what was then the 25th Senate District. They accused him of lying on voter registration and candidacy documents and of casting ballots in five elections he was not entitled to vote in from the Inglewood address. Prosecutors said Wright actually lived in a more spacious single-family home in upscale Baldwin Hills. He bought the house in 2000, but it was in another district. (Source)
February 4, 2014: Voter Fraud in Iowa
Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is seeking state funding to continue a voter fraud investigation, but it is not clear lawmakers will back the request. Schultz says he will soon provide lawmakers with a report on the investigation. To date, five people have pleaded guilty to voter fraud. (Source)
February 4, 2014: Election Fraud in Texas
Four campaign workers have been arrested after a Democrat accused his Republican opponent of using forged signatures to get on the ballot in the Harris County [Texas] Justice of the Peace race.
Democrat George Risner, the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace for the past 27 years, has filed a lawsuit to get a Republican challenger off the ballot.
Leonila Olivares-Salazar, a local TV host and realtor, is a candidate in the Republican Primary and like anyone else she needs 250 signatures to get on the ballot. But in a lawsuit filed against the Harris County Republican Party the judge alleges his opponent hired a company to get those signatures and that most of the signatures are fraudulent.
On Tuesday, four of those signature gatherers were indicted for organized criminal activity and admitted that they didn’t really gather all those signatures. (Source)
February 10, 2014: Voter Fraud in Michigan
A 25-year-old man who circulated petitions last summer in Ferndale [Michigan] to put a marijuana-legalization question on the ballot has been convicted of voter fraud. But the city ordinance he promoted and that voters approved in November will stay on the books, despite charges by critics that voters were misled, Ferndale City Clerk Cherilynn Brown said. Brown said he had no comment on a pledge by the city's police chief not to honor the new ordinance and instead to arrest anyone found possessing marijuana. (Source)
February 11, 2014: Voter Fraud in Ohio
A Hamilton County [Ohio] poll worker voted twice in the 2013 mayoral election, prompting the county elections board Tuesday to refer her to the prosecutor’s office. Casting two votes is a felony under Ohio law. Ellen Duncan, 54, who had been a poll worker for about 15 years, voted absentee and then in person while working at the Urban League on Reading Road, according to Board of Elections paperwork.
Both of her votes were counted. (Source)
February 13, 2014: Vote-Buying Scandal in Kentucky
Three people in one Eastern Kentucky county who were convicted in a vote-buying scandal are running for office again after having their civil rights restored by the Governor.
Former Bath County Attorney Donald "Champ" Maze; former sheriff Calvin Randall Armitage; and former firefighter Norman Crouch have all filed to run for various offices in the upcoming election, according to Secretary of State candidate filings uncovered by LEX 18 Investigates.
Maze is running for judge executive, Armitage is running for sheriff, and Crouch is running for jailer.
Their candidacy is causing a stir in the small county rocked by the federal investigation into vote-buying in 2006, county and city officials say. (Source)
February 19, 2014: Election Fraud in Texas
In an apparent violation of state law, Battleground Texas officials are exploiting legally protected information to turn voters out to the polls as part of the Democratic Party’s quest to paint the Lone Star State blue, a new undercover video from James O’Keefe reveals. The footage shows Battleground Texas volunteer Jennifer Longoria saying the group uses the phone numbers from voter registration forms in later efforts to boost turnout on Election Day.
Texas Election Code prohibits the use of, or even the copying of, phone numbers provided by individuals registering to vote. O’Keefe & Co. also captured a Battleground volunteer saying that the group forges signatures on voter-related documents. “It happens all the time,” she said. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
February 21, 2014: Election Fraud in Pennsylvania
A 65-year-old Philadelphia [Pennsylvania] Election Board worker [Dianah Gregory] was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly tampering with voting machines and electioneering inside the polls.
“Consider that in 2012 in Philadelphia, the Republican Party of PA, under my [Pennsylvania GOP’s Philadelphia area Executive Director Joe DeFelice] leadership, appointed 300 Minority Inspectors in divisions with few Republicans. Of the 300 Minority Inspectors, 100 were denied entry to polling places and subjected to racial intimidation despite having a Court Orders signed by President Judge Pam Dembe. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
February 27, 2014: Voter Fraud in Florida
A drug raid on a house owned by Florida Rep. Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) may get the legislator in deeper trouble as it appears Stewart’s 35-year-old daughter may have been falsely claiming to live in the house so she could vote in Stewart’s district.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that the target of the raid, conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Orlando Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, was a career criminal with dozens of prior arrests, prior drug convictions, suspected ties to prostitution, and a previous assault on a police deputy. Police reported they indeed found drugs and a firearm during the raid. As a convicted felon, Darrell Wayne Roby could not lawfully own a firearm. When police found the firearm, Roby told them he had purchased it from a prostitute.
Stewart’s daughter, Amanda Endress, claims for voting purposes that the house is her legal residence. However, as facts regarding the police raid have come to light, it appears Endress does not live at the house. (Source)
February 28, 2014: Election Fraud in New Jersey
A [New Jersey] borough councilman stepped down this week as he faces charges of election fraud. Ron Griffin, who on Thursday stepped down from the position that he had held for two months, also had applied for a two-year diversionary court program on Wednesday. Griffin’s hearing in Superior Court in Hackensack is on March 26. Griffin did not return messages for comment Friday. His brief resignation letter did not give a reason, but noted that he was “compelled to submit” the resignation. In December, Griffin and former borough attorney Scott Mooney were charged by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office with falsifying or tampering with records, fraudulently defacing a primary petition for nominating candidates, and conspiracy to deface a nominating petition. (Source)
March 4, 2014: Voter Fraud in Iowa
An Iowa voter fraud case involving a convicted felon is set to go to trial in Lee County. It's the first jury trial in Iowa for voter fraud since a statewide investigation took place.
An aide to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad should not be allowed to testify as a prosecution witness at a voter fraud trial after she skipped a deposition last week, a defense lawyer said.
Rebecca Elming refused to be deposed in person or by phone on the advice of the Iowa Attorney General's Office, said Curtis Dial, the attorney for Kelli Jo Griffin. Dial argued in a court filing Friday that Elming’s testimony should be excluded from Griffin’s perjury trial, which is scheduled to begin Thursday.
Griffin, 40, is charged with falsely declaring on a voter registration form that she was not an ineligible felon before casting a ballot in a Nov. 5 municipal election in Montrose. Prosecutors say that she knew she had lost her voting rights after she was convicted of a felony cocaine charge in 2008. (Source) (Source)
March 4, 2014: Voter Fraud in New Jersey
A judge who resigned last week after allegations of improper voting has been charged with two counts of voter fraud, according to the Middlesex County [New Jersey] Prosecutor’s Office. Spencer Robbins, 62, of Chatham surrendered today at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick, where he was served with the two-count complaint charging him with the third-degree offenses. Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said Robbins casted votes during two elections in Woodbridge, where he has a law office, rather than in Chatham, where he lived. (Source) and (Source)
March 6, 2014: Election Fraud in New Jersey
A Paterson [New Jersey] councilman and his wife were indicted today on charges they conspired during the 2010 City Council election to churn out fraudulent mail-in ballots from their campaign headquarters, sometimes assuming the identities of constituents and voting without their knowledge.
State authorities said Rigo Rodriguez, 41, of Paterson, a candidate for mayor, and his wife, Lissette, 34, who was the leader of his re-election campaign, had campaign workers illegally act as "messengers" and "bearers" for mail-in ballots despite not being designated by voters.
The pair also allegedly had ballots submitted as votes for people who never received the ballots, completed them or authorized that they be cast. Once the State Police caught on to the scheme, authorities said, the pair instructed campaign workers to lie. (Source)
March 6, 2014: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
A [Wisconsin] state legislative aide pleaded guilty Tuesday to election fraud for allegedly voting in the wrong district in 2010 and was placed in a first-offenders program. Under a plea agreement, another count of election fraud against Marcie R. Malszycki, 33, involving a vote allegedly cast in the wrong district in 2008, was dismissed. (Source)
March 7, 2014: Election Fraud in Florida
A friend to a former South Florida Congressman is in FBI custody. Ana Alliegro, friend of former Congressman David Rivera was deported to Miami from Nicaragua, where she had been living since fleeing the country in 2012.
Alliegro is accused of campaign election fraud for allegedly bankrolling a bogus Democratic candidate whose sole job was to attack Rivera's likely challenger, Joe Garcia, in the 2012 Congressional primary. Garcia ultimately won Florida's 26th Congressional seat. Rivera has never been charged and denies any wrongdoing. (Source)
March 12, 2014: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
In 2000, a Marquette University student called a Milwaukee [Wisconsin] morning radio show to brag he had voted 25 times for Al Gore. Wisconsin same-day registration allows someone producing a utility bill to vote, without producing an ID.
In the 2000 election, 30,000 people in Dane County (home of the University of Wisconsin — Madison) same-day registered and voted on Election Day. Gore won Wisconsin by fewer than 6,000 votes. How many out-of-state students cast votes for Gore with a local utility bill?
A December 2011 National Review article, humorously titled, “If a Fraudulent Vote Falls in the Woods,” references the Milwaukee Police Department report detailing vote fraud in the 2004 election. The task force issuing the study said they believed 16 workers from the John Kerry campaign and third-party groups “committed felony crimes” that went unprosecuted. That presidential race was decided in Wisconsin by 11,400 votes. The Milwaukee PD found one property where 128 people were registered to vote. One Milwaukee homeless shelter featured 162 registered voters, another boasted 136.
Check the astonishing Gateway Pundit article reporting a left-wing group’s extrapolation that “nearly 160,000 African-American voters in Milwaukee were no longer reachable at their last documented address — representing 41 percent of the city’s 2008 electorate.” Canvassing beginning in April 2012 by the League of Young Voters found that “during those eight weeks, canvassers were able to successfully find and interact with only 31 percent of their targets. Twice that number were confirmed to no longer live at the address on file — either because a structure was abandoned or condemned, or if a current resident reported that the targeted voter no longer lived there.” Do you suppose they cast Republican votes? (Source)
March 13: 2014: Voter Fraud in New York
County and state law enforcement and New York's Attorney General allegedly ignored strong evidence of voter fraud by developer Norman Lamm and Satmar Hassidim trying to illegally take over this tiny [the Village of Bloomingburg inside the Town of Mamakating] upstate New York village. (Source)
March 15, 2014: Voter Fraud in Wyoming
Six local residents [of Laramie County, Wyoming] are accused of illegally voting during the 2012 election.... Laramie County District Attorney Scott Homar said the six are suspected of breaking the state law that prohibits most convicted felons from voting. (Source)
March 15, 2014: Justice Department Efforts to Prevent States from Removing Non-Citizens fron Voter Rolls
The Holder Justice Department has been quick to interfere in states seeking to remove non-citizens from the rolls, as happened in Florida before the 2012 election and Georgia in 2009. (Source)
March 19, 2014: Voter Fraud in Rhode Island
Rhode Island has a rather shameful history of voter fraud. In the 1938 election, Rhode Island experienced it on a massive scale. A bipartisan legislative committee investigated the elections in Pawtucket and Central Falls. The committee unanimously determined that over 10 percent of the votes cast in these two communities were irregular and that hundreds of votes had been cast by floaters. In four Pawtucket precincts, there were more ballots cast than there were eligible voters. Voter fraud was also uncovered in North Providence and in the 13th Ward of Providence, which encompasses the Federal Hill neighborhood.
Under Atty. Gen. Louis V. Jackvony, a multitude of indictments were issued. A few pleaded no contest. Some were found guilty, including Thomas S. Luongo, the Democratic councilman for the 13th ward.
A bipartisan commission proposed sweeping reforms, including a voter identification system whereby a voter’s signature and a voter’s physical appearance would be compared to the signature and physical description of the voter on file prior to voting. Opponents complained about the cost of this identification system and suggested it could reduce voter turnout. As a result, while some election reforms were adopted, the voter identification proposal was abandoned.
Soon thereafter, efforts to bring to justice those who had committed fraud in the 1938 election were also abandoned. In 1940, Democrat John H. Nolan was elected attorney general. Previously, Nolan had been defense counsel for Councilman Luongo in an election fraud case. Now, as AG, Nolan requested that the Rhode Island Supreme Court determine whether grand jury indictments issued in the Pawtucket election fraud case were valid.
In 1941, the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that there was a technical flaw in these indictments. Attorney General Nolan then decided to drop all of the election fraud cases, including the case of Councilman Luongo, on the grounds that prosecuting these voter fraud cases would be too costly.
Undeterred, voter fraud continued. In 1955, a special election was conducted for a constitutional amendment to increase the pay of state legislators. The proposal was defeated by a landslide. However, in the 13th ward of Providence, the proposal passed by a landslide. It was soon determined that over half of the votes cast at one Federal Hill precinct were clearly fraudulent. Hundreds of voters’ names were checked off as voting when they had not.
This blatant fraud led to the creation of a bipartisan commission. At the urging of the League of Women Voters, this commission proposed requiring that a voter’s signature be compared to the one on file before the person would be allowed to vote.
Board of Elections Chairman Albert J. Lamarre, who had been indicted for election fraud in 1940, opposed signature identification as too costly. Democratic House Majority Leader James H. Kiernan, who had been defense counsel in an election fraud case in 1939, claimed that a signature identification requirement would act as “a deterrent among some groups of voters,” slow the process of voting at the polls and “discourage voter turnout.” In the end, the signature identification law was enacted in 1958 because of Republicans and pressure from Gov. Dennis J. Roberts.
Despite various safeguards, voter fraud seems to linger on. State Rep. Anastasia Williams noted that, in 2006, she had been of victim of voter fraud. In 2011, State Sen. Harold Metts discussed nearly two decades worth of complaints from constituents about voter fraud. (Source)
March 19, 2014: Voter Fraud in Florida
The Lee County [Florida] elections supervisor is asking the State Attorney's Office to investigate a possible case of voter fraud involving two people who were trying to help former Cape Coral Mayor John Sullivan get November's election results thrown out.
The elections office says Sullivan had a private investigator look into the voting activity of about 50 people who voted in the Cape Coral election.
That investigator found two people who voted in the Cape Coral election, as well as several Lee County elections over the past six years – while they were residents of Charlotte County. (Source)
March 20, 2014: Voter Fraud in Tennessee
Former Bolivar [Tennessee] City Council member Brenda Woods has been convicted of three counts of procuring illegal voters in the city’s 2009 municipal elections.
Three people testified, two of whom are related to Woods, that they had felony convictions on their records in May of 2009 when voted. At the time, Woods was running for Mayor and for City Council. Woods lost the mayor’s race, but won the council seat. The witnesses, who were granted immunity, said Woods took them to the polls at separate times to vote for her even though she knew they were felons. The witnesses said Woods, “assured them they could still vote.”
A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation investigation showed the three voters had cast their ballots illegally because since their voting rights had not been restored.
Woods was convicted on the charges in 2010, but was awarded a new trial on appeal two years later.
“I love that they’re doing this. I want to go to trial. This is wonderful. I’m going to beat them again,” Woods told WBBJ-TV in May of 2013. (Source)
March 31, 2014: Voter Fraud in Louisiana
The West Baton Rouge [Louisiana] Sheriff's Office now says they have found additional people whose signatures were fraudulently submitted during early voting for the mayoral election. (Source) and (Source)
April 1, 2014: Voter-Registration Fraud in Mississippi
A former candidate for Alderman in Canton [Mississippi] has been given a five-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to submitting a false voter registration application on behalf of a convicted felon. District Attorney Michael Guest says in a news release Cobby Williams allegedly was going door-to-door in March of 2013 and registering people to vote and then turning in those registrations to the clerk’s office. He says Williams registered a woman who is a convicted felon and not eligible to vote. (Source)
April 1, 2014: Voter Fraud in Missouri
When Saint Louis University student Charles Bowles tried to explain Monday how proposed voter ID restrictions would impair his voting rights, Sen. Will Kraus sought to turn the testimony against him, accusing Bowles of breaking Missouri law.
Bowles told the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee that he is from Kentucky and spends nine months of every year in Missouri. He's registered to vote and intends to remain here after school. He has kept his Kentucky driver's license while attending school and uses his university ID card when voting, he said.
"If you are a resident of Kentucky and you vote in Missouri, that is voter fraud," Kraus, R-Lee's Summit, told him. "If you are a resident of the state of Missouri, you are violating the law because you are supposed to get an ID within 30 days." (Source)
April 3, 2014: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Mississippi
Cobby Williams, a former 2012 independent Congressional candidate in Mississippi, was sentenced to five years in prison this week for knowingly registering a convicted felon. Last month, police in Pontiac, Mich., found the mummified body of Pia Farrenkopf in the garage of her foreclosed home. She had apparently been dead since 2008, but was listed as having voted in the 2010 election for governor.
Texas Democratic state representative Lon Burnam filed suit in March claiming he was defeated by 111 votes in his Democratic primary because of an illegal vote-by-mail operation, which might have been orchestrated by his opponent.
[Former Democratic state representative Mike] Marshall had been indicted on several counts of voter fraud. Marshall pleaded guilty to voter fraud in early 2013 and in May was sentenced to 18 months in prison for running an absentee-ballot racket. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
April 3, 2014: Voter Fraud in Texas
A former Brownsville [Texas] woman was sentenced to six months home confinement and five years of probation for voter fraud, court documents show. Sonia Leticia Solis, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, 2013, to voting more than once in a Cameron County runoff election in 2012. The indictment alleged Solis was a resident of Brownsville during the 2012 elections and voted five times in five different names on absentee ballots. (Source)
April 6, 2014: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
Dealing a devastating blow to Democrat claims that Voter ID laws are unnecessary because voter fraud is exceedingly rare, a new report from the North Carolina State Board of Elections reveals tens of thousands of documented voter-fraud cases that occurred in 2012 alone — just among voters registered in that state. (Source)
April 9, 2014: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
The Obama Administration refuses to deport a Muslim illegal alien who was convicted of voter fraud, even after a Federal Court of Appeals (and every court before that) has ordered that he should be deported. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are rightfully angry that, despite their hard work in investigating Asif Gulzar Pasha, a Pakistani national who voted illegally in North Carolina in 2004 and falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen, remains on U.S. soil.
He’s living freely and snubbing his nose at them, even after the 11th Circuit U.S. Federal Court of Appeals ruled that he is guilty and ordered him deported. That was back in July 2012. In fact, Pasha bragged to ICE agents that he is still here and rubbed their noses in it. Pasha said that while the local ICE office was fighting to deport him, it was all for nothing because ICE Headquarters directed that Pasha NOT be deported and be left alone. (Source)
April 9, 2014: Voter Fraud in Kentucky
A former judge [Former Clay County, Kentucky Circuit Judge Cletus Maricle] and three other officials in eastern Kentucky have been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to charges alleging widespread vote fraud. (Source) and (Source)
April 11, 2014: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
Fraudulent ballots cast cancel valid votes, but only a tiny fraction of 1 percent of the cases cited in the North Carolina audit were referred for investigation and prosecution, as reported by WNCN-TV in Raleigh. (Source)
April 13, 2014: Voter Fraud in New York
The New York Daily News reported three months ago that during last fall's municipal election, [New York] city investigators "posed as 63 voters from a list of people made ineligible by felony convictions, moving away, or – yes – dying." Yet "in about 97 percent of the cases, poll workers let the undercover agents vote." (Source)
May 12, 2014: Voter Fraud in Tennessee
An election worker has been dismissed after six people voted twice in Davidson County [Tennessee] last week, and an election commissioner says she could refuse to approve the results unless questions are answered about reports of wider irregularities. (Source)
May 21, 2014: Voter Fraud in Kentucky
[Kentucky] Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that his Election Fraud Hotline received 205 calls from more than 60 counties between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. (EST) during yesterday’s primary election. Forty-nine calls involved allegations of vote buying/selling. (Source)
June 1, 2014: Election Fraud in California
Free marijuana is the reward in store for certain voters on Tuesday in San Jose's municipal election. San Jose [California] is in the process of choosing a new Mayor – and also passing new, more-restrictive rules on medical marijuana. A proposal the City Council is still considering would zone dispensaries out of business, weed supporters say – so Tuesday's election is important. Half of the City Council's 10 seats are at stake.
Select Silicon Valley medical marijuana dispensaries will give free discounted and in some cases free marijuana to voters with medical cannabis recommendations on Tuesday. "A lot of people don't know about the primary elections," said Dave Hodges of the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition. "We have some important races including the mayoral race, and we want to make sure politicians know the power of our voters."
To exchange "Weed for Votes," all voters will need to do is present their "I Voted" sticker or their ballot stub to clubs listed in an announcement to be released Monday. (Source) and (Source)
July 1, 2014: Possible Voter Fraud in Mississippi
Conservative election integrity organization True The Vote filed suit in federal court Tuesday against Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party, asking a judge for an immediate injunction against them so that the election material from the state’s June 24 GOP primary runoff can be inspected.
The lawsuit comes as allegations that Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) campaign and his allies engaged in voter fraud to win last Tuesday’s runoff against conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran bested McDaniel by fewer than 7,000 votes but did so with an overwhelming turnout from liberal Democrats in the black community.
“All we are asking is that the MS State Republican Party follow the law; allow their designated county representatives to inspect the poll books and ballots, give them the review time they are permitted by law, and allow them to uphold their responsibility to MS voters,” True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement about the suit. “True the Vote has been inundated with reports from voters across Mississippi who are outraged to see the integrity of this election being undermined so that politicos can get back to business as usual. Enough is enough.”
True The Vote wants the federal judge to order the state party and Secretary of State’s office to allow independent verification of the election results to ensure there were no “illegal votes.” Such votes could come as fraudulently cast absentee ballots—the runoff saw a massive spike in absentees over the primary a few weeks earlier—or by Democrats who voted in the June 24 GOP primary runoff after having voted in the June 3 Democratic primary. Other potentially fraudulent votes could come from Democrats voting in the Republican primary who don’t intend to support the Republican they voted for on June 24 in November’s general election, though intent is difficult to prove. There are further allegations of vote-buying surfacing this week.
On June 25, the day after the runoff, True The Vote formally requested that state GOP chairman Joe Nosef delay certification of the election so an independent review could verify the election results. Nosef hasn’t done that and has moved forward with efforts to certify the election without having verified all the votes, so True The Vote gathered thirteen plaintiffs to file this lawsuit against Nosef’s party and the Secretary of State. (Source)
October 22, 2014: Faulty Voter Machine in Illinois
Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats. Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library. “I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”
The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.
Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti, told Illinois Watchdog, the machine was taken out of service and tested. “This was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine,” Scalzitti said. “When Mr. Moynihan used the touch-screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration.” (Source
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)October 22, 2014: Election Fraud in Colorado (Video)
Many liberals are adamant there is no threat of voter fraud that justifies efforts to improve the integrity of elections. “There is no real concrete evidence of voter fraud,” tweeted Donna Brazile, former acting chair of the Democratic National Committee, this week. “It’s a big ass lie.”
James O’Keefe, the guerrilla filmmaker who brought down the ACORN voter-registration fraudsters in 2010 and forced the resignation of NPR executives, politely disagrees. Today, he is releasing some new undercover footage that raises disturbing questions about ballot integrity in Colorado, the site of fiercely contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the governorship. When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it.” She then brazenly offered O’Keefe, disguised as a middle-aged college instructor, a job with her group.
The video of O’Keefe’s encounters with other operatives is equally disturbing. He has a conversation with Greenpeace employee Christina Topping, and suggests he might have access to unused ballots from people who have recently moved out of college fraternity houses. “I mean it is putting the votes to good use,” she responds. “So really, truly, like yeah, that is awesome.”
Secretary of State Gessler had futile arguments with Democratic state legislators last year who insisted on ramming a bill through that mandated Colorado become the only state in the nation with both all-mail balloting and same-day registration. Under same-day registration someone can register to vote online, have a mail ballot sent to them, and never physically show up to register or vote. Other places that use same-day registration treat the vote as a provisional ballot pending verification. Colorado immediately counts the vote and there is no way to separate it out if the person who votes is later found ineligible. “We know people in other states with better integrity safeguards have cheated using the cover of these methods,” Gessler told me. A decade ago, Melody Rose, then a liberal professor at Oregon State University, concluded that state’s vote-by-mail system “brings a perpetual risk of systemic fraud” in elections with razor-thin margins. (Source
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)October 29, 2014: Maryland and Illinois Voting Machines Have "Calibration Issues"
A number of voting machines in Maryland and Illinois are electronically switching Republican votes to the Democrats, raising suspicions that fraud could be at the root of the alleged malfunction. According to Watchdog.org, election officials in both states have characterized the problem as a “calibration issue,” but a software developer and expert on touch screens used by U.S. intelligence agencies told Newsmax that the explanation was bogus.
“It’s a software issue, and it’s incredibly suspicious that a bug like that could slip through accidentally. It defies belief,” said Tony Heller. He said that any expert trained in the technology could figure out within minutes whether the problem with the software was accidental and deliberate. “This is being used by the public for voting. Public trust is essential,” he said. “It’s completely unacceptable that an official waved it off as a calibration issue. It’s something that can be easily verified and should be.”
Maryland voters in multiple locations who were placing early ballots for the midterm elections found that when they pressed the touch screen in favor of Republican candidates, their votes appeared in the Democratic columns.
At least four voters in three different locations in Maryland experienced the problem.
"When I first selected my candidate on the electronic machine, it would not put the 'x' on the candidate I chose — a Republican — but it would put the 'x' on the Democrat candidate above it," said a voter from Frederick. "This happened multiple times with multiple selections. Every time my choice flipped from Republican to Democrat."
Queen Anne County Sheriff Gary Hofmann said he encountered the problem as well. "This is happening here as well. It occurred on two candidates on my machine. I am glad I checked. Many voters have reported this here as well," Hofmann told Watchdog.
A Maryland election director, Joe Torre, described the problem as a "calibration issue" involving a single machine. But the same problem has also occurred in Chicago, Illinois where early voting began last week, according to Watchdog. "I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast a vote for my opponent," said GOP state House candidate Jim Moynihan. "You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat."
An Illinois elections official, Jim Scalzitti, also described the problem as a "calibration error," according to Watchdog. (Source)
November 4, 2014: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was stripped of his right to vote in October when he was sentenced to 44 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to felony corruption charges.
But just over two weeks later, Cannon cast a ballot in North Carolina's midterm elections. And the vote, a violation of Cannon's bond, has again landed the former mayor in hot water.
[Greg] Forrest [Chief of the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte] said he would report the violation to the same judge who handed down Cannon's sentence in mid-October and allowed him to remain free on bond until he enters prison. As a consequence of the vote, U.S. District Court Judge Frank Whitney could order Cannon's immediate imprisonment, according to Forrest.
Records with the Mecklenburg Board of Elections show that Cannon and his wife Trenna cast ballots on October 30. Those records also indicate that Cannon remains an active voter in the county. The Mecklenburg elections supervisor, Michael Dickerson, told the Observer that he cannot strip a felon's name from the voter rolls until he receives the go-ahead from the U.S. Attorney's Office, and he has not yet received any notice regarding Cannon.
Cannon was arrested in March following an FBI corruption investigation. He pleaded guilty to accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from a Charlotte strip club owner and FBI agents posing undercover, according to the Observer. (Source)
February 28, 2015: Voter Fraud in Texas
Texas authorities have formally charged two men accused of cheating during the 2012 Democratic Party 2012 Primary near the Texas border. The most recent arrest was carried out by the Cameron County District Attorney’s office after a grand jury handed down indictments against two separate individuals, information provided by the Cameron County DA’s office to Breitbart Texas revealed.
One of the defendants has been identified as Jose Angel Garza. He was formally charged on a five count indictment on the charge of tampering with a marked ballot. Rafael Angel Elizondo has been charged with one count of the same charge for an offense that allegedly took place in July 2012, the information provided to Breitbart Texas revealed. (Source)
November 9, 2015: Non U.S. Citizen Indicted for Voter Fraud In North Texas
The Office of Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson is working with the Office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to prosecute a case of repeated voter fraud against the State.
Rosa Maria Ortega of Grand Prairie, has been indicted by a Tarrant County Grand Jury for voting illegally in regional elections.
The indictment details that Ortega, who is not a citizen and therefore not legally eligible to vote, fraudulently registered to vote in Dallas County by claiming to be a U.S. citizen.
Ortega later twice attempted to register to vote in Tarrant County, however her applications were rejected by the Tarrant County Elections Office.
Dallas County records show that Ortega has voted in multiple elections in that county, starting in 2004, and most recently in the 2014 Republican primary runoff. (Source)
October 13, 2016: Voter fraud is real. Here's the proof
This week, liberals have been repeating their frequent claim that voter fraud doesn’t exist. A recent Salon article argues that “voter fraud just isn’t a problem in Pennsylvania,” despite evidence to the contrary. Another article argues that voter fraud is entirely in the imagination of those who use voter ID laws to deny minorities the right to vote.
Yet as the election approaches, more and more cases of voter fraud are beginning to surface. In Colorado, multiple instances were found of dead people attempting to vote. Stunningly, “a woman named Sara Sosa who died in 2009 cast ballots in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.” In Virginia, it was found that nearly 20 voter applications were turned in under the names of dead people.
In Texas, authorities are investigating criminals who are using the technique of “vote harvesting” to illegally procure votes for their candidates. “Harvesting” is the practice of illegally obtaining the signatures of valid voters in order to vote in their name without their consent for the candidate(s) the criminal supports. (Source)
October 18, 2016: Top Indiana election official alleges more voter fraud
As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump repeats his message that the general election process is "rigged," the top election official in the home state of his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, said she has found thousands more incidents of what she characterized as potential "voter fraud."
Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson said her office has found voter registration forms containing first names and birth dates different from what voters provided. She said she has handed those altered records over to the Indiana State Police for review.
However, a leading election official in Hamilton County, also a Republican, said labeling the discrepancies as fraud was a hasty conclusion.
Lawson's allegations also come just one week after a Tippecanoe County election official acknowledged that the secretary of state's voter data system could be manipulated by those wishing to cause harm.
Lawson said the discrepancies were discovered when voters checked online with the Statewide Voter Registration System to see whether they were registered and could not gain access because their names or birth dates had been changed.
“These records were changed on paper forms, at the BMV and online,” Lawson said in a news release.
“At this time, my office is not sure why these records were changed, but we have evaluated the Statewide Voter Registration System and have found no indication it has been compromised,” Lawson said in the statement. "We believe this may be a case of voter fraud."
Though Lawson said thousands of tampered forms were discovered, neither office spokeswoman Valerie Warycha nor State Police would reveal precisely how many. Warycha said a number of registration forms each election are changed by voters themselves to provide updated information. In addition, government employees make a certain number of data entry errors. But she said the number of changed registrations this year was much higher than in past elections, which led officials to believe fraud was being committed.
Lawson's office said it and county election offices have been inundated with calls from voters whose information had been changed. However, it would not disclose how many complaints have been received. (Source)
November 2, 2016: 8 Instances of Voter Fraud in 2016, and It’s Not Even Election Day Yet
1. ‘Fictitious’ Voter Registration
On Oct. 28, Vafalay Massaquoi, 30, of Alexandria, Virginia, was arraigned on two felony charges of voter registration fraud and two felony counts of forging a public record, according to the Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
Massaquoi worked for New Virginia Majority, a progressive community organizing group, earlier this year when he allegedly fabricated names on voter registration forms. The Alexandria Office of the General Registrar, which oversees elections in the city, flagged the matter and reported it to prosecutors in June.
“Given the recent public attention to claims of election fraud, I think it is important to note that there is no allegation that any illegal vote was actually cast in this case,” Bryan L. Porter, Alexandria Commonwealth’s attorney, said in a public statement, adding:
Furthermore, since the fraudulent applications involved fictitious people, had the fraud not been uncovered, the risk of actual fraudulent votes being cast was low. However, any such offense is extremely serious and can degrade the confidence we as citizens justly have in our system of elections.
Massaquoi left Alexandria before police could make an arrest in July, authorities said. After what Porter called a “lengthy search,” police arrested him near Philadelphia in early October and extradited him to Alexandria on Oct. 27 to face arraignment the next day.
2. Double Trumper
In another battleground state, Terri Lynn Rote, 55, of Des Moines, Iowa, was arrested on charges of voting twice for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Rote was charged with first-degree election misconduct, a Class D, or less serious, felony in Iowa. She reportedly was booked in the Polk County Jail Oct. 27 and released the next day.
The Des Moines Register reported that Rote cast an early ballot at the Polk County Election Office and another at a county satellite office in Des Moines.
Rote was among three suspects reported to police by Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald. Others were accused of casting mail-in votes, then early voting in-person, but neither was charged, according to the Des Moines Register.
Rote’s court appearance is set for Nov. 7, one day before the election.
3. Florida Busts Two for Election Fraud
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced Oct. 28 that two women were charged with election violations. One was charged with registering phony or dead voters, the other with changing votes on mail-in ballots.
Tomika Curgil, 33, was a canvasser for People United for Medical Marijuana, where she was hired to register voters. However, the Miami-Dade Elections Department couldn’t verify much of the voter information, or whether the names submitted were of people eligible to vote.
Authorities said they believe Curgil never left her home before returning completed and falsified voter registration forms. They said discrepancies include registering dead voters, according to the Miami-Dade prosecutor’s office.
Curgil was charged with five counts of submitting false voter registration information, which is a third-degree felony in Florida.
In the other Florida case, Gladys Coego, 74, was hired as a temporary election worker for the Miami-Dade Elections Department to open absentee ballots. A co-worker reported that Coego marked some of the ballots.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Coego admitted to investigators she marked several absentee ballots for mayoral candidate Raquel Regalado when that race was left blank.
Coego was charged with two counts of marking or designating on the ballot of another person, a third-degree felony.
“Anyone who attempts to undermine the democratic process should recognize that there is an enforcement partnership between the [Miami-Dade] Elections Department and our Prosecution Task Force in place to thwart such efforts and arrest those involved,” Rundle said in a written statement. “Now we need to move forward with the election.”
4. Dead and Double Voting in Colorado
CBS4, a TV station in Denver, conducted a broad voter fraud investigation that found numerous cases of dead voters and people voting more than once. The report aired in September.
The station cross-referenced databases to find a particular problem in El Paso County and Jefferson County, and the findings triggered a criminal investigation, CBS4 reported.
In one case, the station noted a woman who died in 2009 apparently managed to vote in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. In another case, a man who died in 2009 was recorded to have voted in an election nine months later. A man who died in 2004 had a recorded vote in the 2006 election.
CBS4 aired a follow-up piece Oct. 25 noting six cases in which records show people voting twice in Colorado elections during the same election cycle, while six others voted in Colorado and another state’s elections. Five of the cross-state votes cast a vote in Kansas as well as Colorado, the station reported.
5. 19 Dead Re-Registered to Vote in Virginia
In another Virginia case, the FBI and Virginia law enforcement found in late September that at least 19 dead people were re-registered to vote in the state. All 19 were registered in the city of Harrisonburg, The Washington Post reported.
The investigation commenced after family members of some of the deceased received voter registration notifications. The forms reportedly were filled out by a group trying to sign up voters on the James Madison University campus in Harrisonburg.
Not all of the alleged fraud is taking place in swing states. New York and California have had problems as well.
6. Dead Registered Voter From New York
In at least one case, a dead person is being encouraged to vote by the state of New York. Unlike elsewhere, a lack of pulse kept one individual from casting a ballot.
Michelle Dimino, of Queens, doesn’t want her father to be registered to vote any longer. That’s because he died in 2012. Yet, the New York Board of Elections keeps sending Anthony Baldomir absentee ballots.
Dimino informed the board numerous times that her father died and was no longer eligible to vote, but the ballots keep coming.
So she went public with the complaint, the New York Post reported in October.
Baldomir was a registered Democrat.
“In 2013, 2014, 2015, and again this year, I received absentee ballots for my father. I could have fraudulently voted with those ballots, but I shredded them instead,” Dimino told the Post.
Baldomir was ill in 2012 and was receiving medical care when he requested an absentee ballot, the Post reported.
New York Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez confirmed to the newspaper that Baldomir was still on its “permanent absentee ballot list.”
7. Switching Voter Registration
In July, Riverside County, California, District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced that online tampering with voter registration information resulted in the switching of voters’ party affiliations.
Complaints reportedly came primarily from Republicans, but voters in both parties were affected, Hestrin said. Party affiliation mattered for the June 7 primary, where numerous Republicans cast provisional ballots. Any impact on the Nov. 8 election remains to be seen.
The incident exposes security problems, since someone was able to access voter information and change it in at least one California county. But it wasn’t the only issue in California.
8. Voting Dead in L.A.
In May, another TV station affiliated with CBS found hundreds of dead voters in Southern California, most of them from Los Angeles County.
CBS2 compared millions of voting records from the California secretary of state’s office with death records from the U.S. Social Security Administration. Based on this, the station determined that 265 people voted from beyond the grave. At least one individual who died in 2003 is recorded to have voted in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010. (Source)