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State Defendant Co-Defendants Sex Date Election D/R Charged Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4sort ascending Source5 Follow Up
Florida Sergio Robaina M 2012-08 Democratic primary D 2012 Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 3 2 Sergio Robaina, uncle of former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, pleaded* guilty to misdemeanor charges he illegally possessed absentee ballots. Robaino also faced two felony charges for filling out ballots against the wishes of two voters, one of them a woman with dementia. The felony portion of the case was hampered after the woman with dementia died, leaving only her reluctant adult son to testify against Robaina. 1 year probation, fines http://watchdog.org/71494/computer-software-thwarts-election-fraud-scheme/ http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/08/28/sergio-robaina-changing-plea-in-absentee-ba... https://www2.miami-dadeclerk.com/officialrecords/CFNDetails1.aspx?QS=cuK6J1Ftjxu... https://www2.miami-dadeclerk.com/officialrecords/CFNDetails1.aspx?QS=cuK6J1Ftjxu...
Ohio Melowese Richardson F 2012-11 General D 2013-02 Multiple voting Impersonation 8 8 Melowese Richardson, a long-time Hamilton County poll worker charged with eight counts of illegal voting, pleaded* guilty and was sentenced to prison for five years. “This is not a little thing. It’s not a minor thing. This is what our country’s based on – free elections,” Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman told Richardson. Richardson was a Hamilton County poll worker from 1998 until her arrest in 2013 when she was charged with eight counts of illegal voting. In May, she accepted a plea deal and was convicted of four counts in exchange for the other four being dismissed. She was convicted of voting twice in the 2012 election and voting three times – in 2008, 2011 and 2012 – for her sister, Montez Richardson, who has been in a coma since 2003. *Plea deal: 5 years in prison, for four counts of illegal voting. http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/downtown/poll-wor... http://media2.wcpo.com/pdfs/Fraud.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UXe3PdFStc4
Mississippi Ike Brown (former chair of the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee) Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee M 2003 Democratic primary D 2005-02 Section 2, Voting Rights Act violation Vote dilution Absentee/Mail Ike Brown, along with the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee which he chaired starting in 2000 and the Noxubee County Election Commission, were found to have violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by systematically and intentionally disenfranchising white voters. The U.S. proved that Brown and his co-defendants rigged the Democratic primary voting process against white voters by manipulating voter rolls, tampering with absentee ballots, making threats to ban some whites from voting, miscounting ballots to ensure white candidates lost, and committing other discriminatory acts. The landmark case marked the first time the federal government used the 1965 Voting Rights Act to protect the rights of white voters. When violations continued during the August 2007 Democratic primary, the court appointed a Referee-Administrator to organize the county’s Democratic primary elections until November 20, 2011; limited the role that defendants could play in supervising future primary elections; and directed poll managers to apply Mississippi’s election laws in counting ballots and preventing improper voter assistance. The 2007 ruling and remedial order were affirmed by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2009. Referee-Administrator appointed to organize county Democratic primaries through November 20, 2011; defendants' role in supervising future primaries limited; poll managers directed to apply Mississippi’s election laws in counting ballots and preventing improper voter assistance. http://www.leagle.com/decision/2007934494FSupp2d440_1892/U.S.%20v.%20BROWN http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions%5Cpub%5C07/07-60588-CV0.wpd.pdf https://www.justice.gov/crt/cases-raising-claims-under-section-11b-voting-rights... https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/15/noxubee_comp_0... https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/15/noxubee_remedi...
Texas Rebecca Gonzalez Francisco “Frankie” Garcia Diana Balderas Castaneda Guadalupe Escamilla F 2012-11 Donna ISD school board D 2014-01 Vote buying (federal) 1 1 Rebecca Gonzalez was one of three campaign workers who who pleaded* guilty to federal vote-buying charges stemming from the November 2012 Donna school board election. The women gave residents cash, drugs, beer and cigarettes, which the candidates they worked for and their campaign managers would give them for that purpose, In exchange for their votes in the 2012 primary and general elections. Gonzalez pleaded guilty to one count of vote-buying and was sentenced to four months in prison and two years of supervised release. *Plea deal: 4 months in prison plus two years of supervised release https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/campaign-worker-pleads-guilty-buying-votes-donna-... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/us/politics/texas-vote-buying-case-casts-glare... http://m.themonitor.com/news/local/article_79bc9700-95da-11e3-8512-0017a43b2370.... https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-campaign-workers-charged-buying-votes-donna... http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/donna-politiqueras-sentenced-after-buying-v...
Texas Guadalupe Escamilla Francisco “Frankie” Garcia Rebecca Gonzalez Diana Balderas Castaneda F 2012-11 Donna ISD school board D 2014-01 Vote buying (federal) 1 1 Guadalupe Escamilla was one of three campaign workers who pleaded guilty to vote-buying charges stemming from the November 2012 Donna school board election. *Plea deal: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/us/politics/texas-vote-buying-case-casts-glare... https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-campaign-workers-charged-buying-votes-donna...
Texas Diana Balderas Castaneda Francisco “Frankie” Garcia Rebecca Gonzalez Guadalupe Escamilla F 2012-11 Donna ISD school board D 2014-01 Vote buying (federal) 1 10 Diana Balderas Castaneda was one of three politiqueras who pleaded* guilty to federal vote-buying charges stemming from the November 2012 Donna school board election. The women gave residents cash, drugs, beer and cigarettes, which the candidates they worked for and their campaign managers would give them for that purpose, In exchange for their votes in the 2012 primary and general elections. Castaneda admitted bribing about 10 voters, and on a few occasions, she drove voters to buy drugs after they voted. Castaneda pleaded guilty to one count of vote-buying. *Plea deal: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/campaign-worker-pleads-guilty-buying-votes-donna-... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/us/politics/texas-vote-buying-case-casts-glare... https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-campaign-workers-charged-buying-votes-donna...
Illinois Leroy Scott Jr. Charles Powell Terrance R. Stith Sandra Stith Lillie Nichols M 2004-11 General D Vote buying 1 1 Leroy Scott Jr., Lillie Nichols, Terrance R. Stith, and his wife, Sandra Stith, pleaded* guilty to one count each of vote-buying before U.S. District Judge David Herndon, admitting they paid voters $5 to $10 for favorably casts ballots during the November 2004 general election. Two days before the election, Scott received $1,200 from the St. Clair County Democratic Committee. *Plea deal: 10 months in prison, 2 years probation, $3,100 fine. http://minx.cc:1080/?post=110160 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1414782/posts http://madisonrecord.com/stories/510559878-east-st-louis-vote-buying-case-goes-t... https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-1010417131.html
Florida Linda Ivery Betty Jefferson F 2010-10 Lake City municipal D 2013-04 Absentee/Mail Registration Fraud Voter intimidation/coercion 8 1 Linda Ivery was charged with six felony and two misdemeanor counts for violating election law in a scheme to elect Eugene Jefferson to a Lake City District 10 city council seat in 2010. Charges included corruptly influencing voting, conspiracy to corruptly influence voting, conspiracy to falsely obtain or falsely mark an absentee ballot, three counts of submitting false voter registrations, and three counts of obtaining an absentee ballot in violation of the law. Ivery entered pre-trial intervention. Pre-Trial Intervention - 30 months deferred prosecution, 10 hours community service, $100 prosecution costs, $250 donation to a charitable organization, barred from engaging in political or campaign activity during the deferral period, read the Florida Division of Elections Candidates Handbook and certify she has read it http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/2-arrested-on-voter-frau... http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2013-04-09/story/lake-city-women-arrested-ele... http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00028308/02443 https://www.civitekflorida.com/ocrs/app/caseinformation.xhtml?query=HL7trn0Gjppl...
Florida Betty Jefferson (wife of candidate Eugene Jefferson) Linda Ivery F 2010-10 Lake City municipal D 2013-04 Absentee/Mail Registration Fraud Voter intimidation/coercion 26 20 Betty Jefferson was charged with 24 felony and two misdemeanor election law violations in a scheme to elect her husband, Eugene, to a city council seat in the 2010 Lake City District 10 primary. Jefferson asked voters to sign absentee ballots that were already completed, fraudulently obtained absentee ballots, and tried to deceive voters into signing ballots. The charges included 19 counts of obtaining an absentee ballot in violation of the law, one count of corruptly influencing voting, three counts of submitting false voter registration, one count of procuring false voter registrations, conspiracy to falsely obtain an absentee ballot or falsely obtaining an absentee ballot, and a conspiracy to corruptly influence voting charge. Jefferson entered pre-trial intervention. Pre-Trial Intervention - 30 months deferred prosecution, 50 hours community service, $100 prosecution costs, $1,000 donation to a charitable organization, barred from engaging in political or campaign activity during the deferral period, read the Florida Division of Elections Candidates Handbook and certify she has read it, write a letter of apology explaining how the actions alleged violate campaign regulations and rules http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/2-arrested-on-voter-frau... http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2013-04-09/story/lake-city-women-arrested-ele... http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00028308/02443 https://www.civitekflorida.com/ocrs/app/caseinformation.xhtml?query=HL7trn0Gjppl...
Texas Election contest: Letty Lopez v. Lupe Rivera 2013-11 Weslaco municipal D Election contest Ineligible district voting Absentee/mail 30 Letty Lopez successfully contested the November 2013 Weslaco City Commission election results after a year-and-a-half-long legal dispute with incumbent Lupe Rivera. A judge determined that at least 30 votes were illegally cast in the race, which was decided by just 16 votes in favor of Rivera. The illegal votes included multiple voters registered and voting where they didn't reside (including at Rivera's sister's home) and mail ballots requested and completed without voters' knowledge. New election ordered - outcome changed/Lopez won http://www.themonitor.com/mvtc/news/lupe-rivera-letty-lopez-on-nov-election-ball... http://m.themonitor.com/mvtc/news/th-court-of-appeals-affirms-decision-to-hold-n... http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/depositions-from-voters-show-flexible-resid... http://www1.krgv.com/files/trial-brief-leticia-lopez-web.pdf

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