|State||Defendant||Co-Defendants||Sex||Date||Election||D/R||Charged||Convicted||Type1||Type2||Type3||# Charges||# Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin||Description||Sentence||Source1||Source2||Source3||Source4||Source5||Follow Up|
|Alabama||Nathaniel Gosha (a former Russell County commissioner and Phenix City Council candidate)||Lizzie Mae Perry||M||2001-09||Phenix City municipal||Absentee/mail||Vote Selling||Forgery||37||9||Nathaniel Gosha, a former Russell County commissioner and Phenix City Council candidate, was convicted of 16 felony counts of possessing forged documents, 9 felony counts of falsifying absentee ballots, and 12 misdemeanor counts of disclosing the votes of others, in a scheme to sell absentee ballots in the September 2001 municipal election. Co-defendant Lizzie Mae Perry pleaded guilty to charges of absentee ballot fraud and agreed to testify against Gosha. Gosha and Perry falsified ballots by having people sign as witnesses to absentee ballot affidavits that had not been signed or sworn by the voters, and by putting false information about the voters' places of residence on the affidavits.||90 days in jail (multiple concurrent terms), 3 years probation, $500 fines for each of 9 false ballot convictions, $100 fines for each of 12 vote disclosure misdemeanors, $5/day for each day behind bars||http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20021020/NEWS/210200353?p=5&tc=pg||http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29238529.html#!||http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/394032-alabama-voter-fraud.html||http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/798132/replies?c=116|
|West Virginia||Alvin Ray Porter, Jr. (former Logan police chief)||M||2004-05||Democrat Primary||D||Vote Buying||Alvin Ray Porter, Jr. was reportedly involved in a scandal during the 2004 Democratic party primary to bribe voters. Indicted with others for a conspiracy to control county government in Lincoln County by buying votes, keeping some supporters’ property taxes low, controlling county and state government jobs and rewarding supporters by ensuring their roads were repaired. Charged with buying votes. Pleaded guilty.||http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1549361/posts||http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-71.htm||http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/396135-eac.html|
|Wisconsin||Antoinette Harris||F||2008||Antoinette Harris was charged with voting by disqualified person.||http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/399987-wisconsin-ozaukee-county-response-...|
|Washington||Karle Coppenrath||F||2005-11||General||Multiple Voting||Absentee Ballot Fraud||1||Karle Coppenrath, of Jefferson County, Washington, reportedly voted two mail ballots in a 2005 election because she mistakenly received two ballots. There was no proof she intended to vote twice, so criminal charges were not filed. No charges filed, because it was not "an intentional attempt to vote twice."||http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/370216-washington-jefferson-county.html|
|Ohio||Cathy LaMaster||F||2006-11||2009-02||Registration fraud||1||Cathy LaMaster admitted to submitting two voter registrations; one under her own name and a second under her daughter’s name. Charged with 1 count attempted false election registration. Pleaded guilty to attempted false election registration. (Franklin County, Case #09-CR-001005)||$1000 fine||http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/396373-ohio-franklin-county-cathy-lamaste...|
|Kentucky||Michael Salyers||M||2010||Breathitt County magistrate||Vote buying||10||"When it comes to vote buying, it’s an everyday thing. ... It’s pretty much like jaywalking," admited former Breathitt County magistrate candidate Michael Salyers, who is serving time in jail for buying votes in his 2010 race. Salyers was given $500 and ended up buying about 10 votes. He would meet people seeking to sell their votes in the back room of a local store. "They would go into the machine and cast their vote...They were supposed to vote for me. They would come back to me and I would pay them for going to vote. Salyers says vote buying has been so blatant that, "you used to be able to go behind the voting machine with voters, to make sure that if you bought their vote, that they would vote the way you wanted to."||60 days in jail, 6 months home detention and 120 hours of community service.||http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/25/drug-money-funds-voter-fraud-in-kentu...||https://www.fbi.gov/louisville/press-releases/2012/former-candidate-for-breathit...|
|Pennsylvania||William Geary||Thomas Keefer, Walter "Deb" Wiltrout||M||2011-11||General||D||2013-10||Absentee/mail||Illegal assistance||Conspiracy||10||7||William Geary and Thomas Keefer, Democratic Bullskin Township supervisors, were charged with voter fraud for soliciting absentee votes from elderly residents who weren't eligible to cast such ballots. Keefer was charged with five violations of the election code relating to absentee ballots. Geary was charged with seven violations of the same provision. In addition, both men were charged with one count of unlawful assistance in voting and two counts of conspiracy. Former supervisor Walter "Deb" Wiltrout was charged with three counts related to unlawful assistance of two voters. Keefer, Geary, and Wiltrout visited elderly voters' homes to help them complete ballots despite knowing the voters were physically able to vote in-person on Election Day, and also failed to fill out declarations of physical disability with the ballots, which certify that the voters wouldn't be able to vote in-person. Keefer obtained six votes that way, Geary obtained seven, and Wiltrout two. All three were admitted into a pretrial diversionary program in Fayette County Court.||Pre-Trial Intervention: 6 months Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)||http://www.heraldstandard.com/law_and_order/courts/bullskin-supervisors-accused-...||http://triblive.com/news/fayette/4868381-74/keefer-presentment-ballots||http://notenoughsaid.blog.com/2015/03/14/fayette-county-grand-jury-one-sealed-pr...||http://notenoughsaid.blog.com/files/2015/03/1stPresentment1.pdf||http://notenoughsaid.blog.com/files/2015/03/2ndPresentment1.pdf|
|Georgia||Charlie Mack Wooten||Olivia Pearson James Curtis Hicks Evelyn Griffin||M||2012-11||General||2016-05||Illegal assistance||Charlie Mack Wooten, Douglas Mayor Pro-Tem Olivia Pearson, James Curtis Hicks, and Evelyn Griffin were charged with voter fraud during the November 2012 General Election. An investigation conducted by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office revealed that Pearson, Wooten, Hicks and Griffin illegally provided assistance to voters who were not physically disabled or illiterate. All four entered “not guilty” pleas in Coffee County Superior Court and are expected to go to trial in October 2016.||http://www.douglasenterprise.net/news/four-individuals-accused-voter-fraud-enter...||http://www.douglasenterprise.net/news/mayor-pro-tem-three-others-arrested-electi...|
|Virginia||Andrew Spieles||M||2016||D||Registration fraud||Andrew Spieles, a James Madison University student and Virginia Young Democrat working for HarrisonburgVotes, confessed that he submitted 19 voter registration applications for deceased individuals.||http://freebeacon.com/politics/virginia-young-democrat-caught-registering-dead-v...||https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/he-fought-in-world-war-ii...||http://www.dnronline.com/news/harrisonburg/student-admits-to-fraud/article_0e0cc...||http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/article_e008ce00-0365-57a2-95c0-4d9aa70012...|
|Alaska||Unknown 7||Voter fraud case referred to Alaska Department of Law Criminal Division. Declined for prosecution. No charges filed.||http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/374296-alaska-dept-of-law-response.html|
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