True the Vote Election Crimes Database

A nationwide compilation of election crimes prosecutions

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State Defendant Co-Defendants Sex Date Election D/R Charged Convictedsort descending Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Indiana Randall Blue Artis (former East Chicago Councilman) Terrance Artis M 1999 East Chicago municipal D 2004-05 Vote buying Former East Chicago Councilman Randall "Blue" Artis pleaded* gulity to a federal theft of funds charge after he and and his brother Terrance Artis were charged with multiple felony counts of fraud, conspiracy and misappropriation of funds in connection with the sidewalks-for-votes scandal. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/artis-brothers-enter-guilty-pleas/article_8dd...
Mississippi John Edward "Tuney" Jones M 2003-08 Alcorn County 2003-09 Vote Buying 2 John Edward "Tuney" Jones was charged with paying people $10 to allow him to vote their absentee ballots in 2003. Charged with 2 counts of influencing absentee ballot by payment of money. Pleaded guilty. (Case #CR03-306-CT1, Alcorn County) 5 years in a Mississippi Department of Corrections facility, with 4 years suspended and 4 years of post-release supervision. Pay $260, with $500 suspended. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/394764-mississippi-alcorn-county-cases-2....
Texas Maria Dora Flores F 2006 Primary Illegal assistance Voter intimidation/coercion 2 2 Maria Flores pleaded* guilty to two counts of illegal voting for marking voters' ballots without the voters' consent (TEC 64.012). *Plea deal: 2 years deferred probation, $750 fine http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/404105-texas-ag-response.html Nueces: 06-CR-2166-B
Texas Mario Manuel Medrano M 2008 School Ineligible felon voting 1 1 Mario Manuel Medrano pleaded* guilty to one count of illegal voting for voting while an ineligible felon (TEC 64.012) in the 2008 school election. *Plea deal: 2 years in state prison http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/404105-texas-ag-response.html Hidalgo/Brooks: 09-09-10117 CR
Wisconsin Janice Kwiatkowski Louis Kwiatkowski F 2009 Municipal Multiple Voting 1 Janice Kwiatkowski and her husband were accused of each voting twice in a 2009 election that was decided by a two-vote margin. A write-in candidate for trustee defeated the incumbent by a two-vote margin. The couple were convicted of voting in Blooming Grove, near McFarland, where they have their permanent home, five days after voting by absentee ballot in Wyocena, where they have a cottage. $1,500 fine http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime_and_courts/dane-county-couple-fined...
New Jersey Octavio A. Dominguez Rigo Rodriguez Lissette Rodriguez Juan Jimenez Belkis M. Cespedes Ana Vely-Gomez Lucia A. Guzman Inocencio Jimenez Jose Ramon Ruiz Dalila Rodriguez Octavio A. Dominguez Juana A. Gil Jose E. Gonzalez Loudes Inoa Ricardo A. Fermin-Cepeda Wilson A. Torres 2010-05 Paterson city council D 2010-12 Absentee/mail Ballot tampering Octavio A. Dominguez of Elmwood Park; Dalila Rodriguez of Paterson, Wilson A. Torres of Paterson, Juana A. Gil of Paterson; Jose E. Gonzalez of Paterson; and Loudes Inoa of Paterson were charged with third-degree voter fraud and third-degree tampering with public records. Jose Ramon Ruiz of Prospect Park, Inocencio Jimenez of Paterson; Lucia A. Guzman of Paterson; Ana Vely-Gomez of Paterson; and Belkis M. Cespedes of Paterson were arrested on charges of second- and third-degree voter fraud and third-degree tampering with public record. Ricardo A. Fermin-Cepeda of Paterson, was charged with second- and third-degree voter fraud and third-degree tampering with public records but is currently a fugitive. The defendants 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. http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases10/pr20101202b.html
Texas Margarita Rangel Ozuna Tomasa Ramirez Chavez Bernice Garcia Sara Virginia Perales Vicenta Guajardo Verino Facunda Banda Garcia F 2012-07 Democratic primary runoff D 2014-07 Absentee/mail Illegal assistance Margarita Rangel Ozuna was one of six Cameron County politiqueras charged with voter fraud as a result of a multi-agency investigation into illicit voting activity surrounding the Democratic primary runoff in July 2012 that included federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Ozuna was charged with unlawfully assisting a voter, improperly returning a marked ballot and ballot carrier violations. http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/article_4b4413f6-0d5a-11e4-9c30-0017a43b23...
Louisiana Stanley Leger M 2014 Turkey Creek municipal Vote buying In the 2014 Turkey Creek, Louisiana election, incumbent mayor Heather Cloud was voted out of office by a margin of 4 votes. It was later revealed that Stanley Leger, a campaign employee for challenger Bert Campbell, had paid $15 each to four mentally-impaired individuals in exchange for their promise to vote for Campbell. Cloud challenged the election. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals of Louisiana ordered that the four votes be struck and a new election be held, which Cloud won. Leger later pleaded guilty to illegal electioneering, receiving a suspended six-month jail sentence and 18 months’ probation. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and $2,000 in restitution to Mayor Cloud. 6 months in jail (suspended sentence), 18 months probation, $500 fine and $2,000 restitution http://www.katc.com/story/28315342/leger http://caselaw.findlaw.com/la-court-of-appeal/1685533.html
Colorado Vernon Martin M Impersonation 1 Vernon Martin was charged with 1 count of voter impersonation. Pleaded to impersonating an elector. $4216.50 in fines and court fees http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/370952-colorado-cases.html
Connecticut Nancy Harding (town council member) F Absentee Ballot Fraud Harding, a town council member, was accused of voting an absentee ballot when she could have voted in person. $500 fine, ordered to comply with the law in the future and lost eligibility for certain election jobs

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