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 Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Chargessort descending # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Connecticut Felicita Rivera F Absentee/Mail Illegal Assistance Rivera, a volunteer for a political campaign, was accused of being present while eight people voted using absentee ballots and then taking the ballots to mail. Penalty of $5,000, which was reduced to $1,000 because of demonstrated financial hardship. Ordered to refrain from soliciting absentee ballots and distributing absentee ballot applications for two years.
Mississippi Ken McCoy M 2009-03 A complaint was filed against Ken McCoy on 3/27/09, according to the Public Integrity Division Case View PI-09-00033. Charges involved "financial crimes" related to voter fraud. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/370944-mississippi-2nd-cases.html
West Virginia Jerry Weaver (former Lincoln County assessor) M 2004-05 Democrat Primary 2005-08 Jerry Weaver was reportedly involved in a scandal during the 2004 Democratic party primary to bribe county 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. Pleaded guilty. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1549361/posts
North Carolina Ahmed Sultan Laghari (city council candidate) Zahida Sultan Laghari M 2011-09 2012-03 Ineligible district voting Registration fraud - ineligible district 1 Ahmed Sultan Laghari, a Ward 4 candidate for Statesville City Council, and his wife were accused of using a false address as their official residence when voting. He reportedly said that they lived in an apartment inside Ward 4 city limits, but they also owned a home outside of Mooresville's town limits. He was charged with illegally voting. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/370371-north-carolina-iredell-county.html http://www.statesville.com/news/crime-watch-march/article_e1665b07-325a-5a3b-860...
Georgia Dorothy Gilreath Carleton Vines Albert Palmour Steve Chappelear Sidney Johnson Lois Reed Anthony Sparks F 2006 General Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance Carleton Vines and his accomplices (Albert Palmour, Dorothy Gilreath, Steve Chappelear, Sidney Johnson, Lois Reed, and Anthony Sparks) ran an absentee ballot fraud operation designed to rig the 2006 election in which Vines won election as a State Court Judge. Vines’s co-conspirators acted as “runners,” illegally “assisting” voters in filling out their absentee ballots. In many cases, ballots were transported by the conspirators to Vines’s law office before being subsequently mailed. The group signed a consent decree with the state board of election, acknowleding their actions and accepting a public reprimand. Ordered to cease and desist from further violations of the Election Code, publicly reprimanded. http://www.atlantaunfiltered.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Carleton-Vines-conse...
Mississippi James Lester Thompson M Ineligible voting 1 Pleaded guilty to misdemeanor voting by unqualified person. (Case #2010-0882, Madison County) 12 months in county jail, all of which was suspended for 100 hours of community service and 6 months unsupervised probation http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/400863-mississippi-madison-county-with-ca...
Kentucky J.C. Lawson M Vote buying J.C. Lawson, a convicted marijuana and cocaine dealer, explained the process of buying votes. He testified that he helped win elections by giving candidates "voters and people and money." "Where did that money come from?" U.S. Assistant Attorney Stephen C. Smith asked. "From drug dealing I made," Lawson testified. He said he gave the sheriff about $20,000 for his race, in exchange for protection. In court, Smith described how Clay County public officials were "working to protect drug dealers" and that "voters were lined up in lines who had been bought and bribed by the group." http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/25/drug-money-funds-voter-fraud-in-kentu...
Kansas Wyandotte County - Names Unknown 2002 Absentee Ballot Fraud Fraudulent advance ballot applications. Crimes alleged: perjury. Actions taken: referred to district attorney. (50 cases) http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/366880-kansas-2nd-response-part-1.html
Mississippi Dona Jones Ann Reed Margie McNair Dona Jones Prentiss Harris Gloria Smith F 2015-11 State General 2015-11 Illegal assistance In February 2016, the Mississippi Attorney General's Office took over the prosecution in a voting fraud case filed against five Franklin County pollworkers charged with election fraud during the Nov. 3, 2015 general election at the Bude precinct. Circuit Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson issued the warrants for their arrests. Dona Jones and Ann Reed of Meadville, and Margie McNair of Bude, were charged with violating a state elections law forbidding “dishonest decisions by managers” of polling places “concerning qualifications of voters.” The women allegedly did not check voter qualifications. State law says if an election manager knowingly permits an unqualified person to vote or prohibits a qualified person from voting, the manager may face jail time of up to three months, a fine of up to $200 or both. Anita Leonard and Carl Cupit, both Republican Party poll observers at the Bude precinct, filed the charges on Nov. 13. Leonard said she saw pollworkers going beyond what is allowed in helping voters and alleged that the pollworkers weren’t properly checking voters’ identification. Sen. Melanie Sojourner, R-Natchez, contested her close loss to former Sen. Bob Dearing in the Senate District 37 race. Dearing, a Democrat, won the seat back from Sojourner by a 62-vote margin. Charges dismissed https://mississippipep.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/franklin-county-poll-workers-arr... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/b113715bcd3745eca3352936439d5364/MS--Vote... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/24b8c1cc5dbd4ba38d83910a01f74b81/MS--Elec...
Georgia Valerie Luckey Merritt F 2010-06 Registration fraud Accused of violating State Election Board rules regarding registration of voters in nursing homes. Merritt allegedly obtained voter registration forms from nursing home residents from another individual who had woken them up in the middle of the night to sign the documents, which amounted to elder abuse. The forms were also mishandled and some registrations allegedly were by individuals ineligible to vote. Merritt pleaded guilty. (State Elections Board Case #2008-01111097969; Bulloch County) $28,000 fine, cease and desist order and public reprimand. https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/369066/georgia-response-with-cases.pd...

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