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/Rsort ascending Charged Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
New Jersey Inocencio Jimenez 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 Inocencio Jimenez of Paterson; Lucia A. Guzman of Paterson; Ana Vely-Gomez of Paterson; Belkis M. Cespedes of Paterson; and Jose Ramon Ruiz of Prospect Park, were arrested on charges of second- and third-degree voter fraud and third-degree tampering with public record. Dalila Rodriguez of Paterson, Wilson A. Torres of Paterson, Octavio A. Dominguez of Elmwood Park; 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. 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
Connecticut Barnaby Horton (former state representative) M 2002 General D 2003-08 Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 10 10 Barnaby Horton pleaded* guilty to felony absentee ballot fraud after being charged with seven felony counts of unlawful possession of another person's absentee ballot and three counts of being present, as a candidate, when absentee ballots were completed. The former state representative was charged with absentee ballot fraud after he was caught inducing elderly residents to cast absentee ballots for him. *Plea deal: 2 years probation, $10,000 fine, 1,000 hours of community service, barred from running for public office for 2 years and from ever soliciting, distributing or assisting with absentee ballots http://articles.courant.com/2004-07-15/news/0407150839_1_absentee-ballots-shawn-... http://articles.courant.com/2003-08-26/news/0308262194_1_ballots-felony-counts-g... http://articles.courant.com/2003-08-26/news/0308262194_1_ballots-felony-counts-g...
Texas Guadalupe "Lupe" Rivera Sr. Lupe Rivera Jr. Graciela Sanchez M 2013-11 Weslaco municipal D 2015-10 Absentee/mail Ineligible district voting Illegal assistance 16 16 Weslaco City Commissioner Guadalupe "Lupe" Rivera was charged with 16 counts of misdemeanor voter fraud related to the November 2013 race for City Commission District 5. Rivera pleaded* guilty to one count of unlawful assistance to a voter, a Class A misdemeanor. In exchange for the plea, the other 15 charges were dropped: six counts of method of returning marked ballot (fewer than 10 ballots), a Class B misdemeanor; six counts of carrier envelope action by person other than voter, a Class B misdemeanor; and three counts of assisting voter violation, a Class A misdemeanor. Rivera was re-elected in 2013 by just 16 votes over challenger Leticia "Letty" Lopez, who contested the election alleging voter fraud. Questionable voter registrations - including 23 people who listed the same single-family on registration forms - and allegations about mail-in ballots emerged at trial. A judge ordered a new election, which Lopez won in 2015. Also charged were Rivera’s son, Lupe Rivera Jr., and Graciela Sanchez. *Plea deal: 1 year probation, $500 fine http://m.themonitor.com/mvtc/news/ag-files-charges-against-rivera/article_3c54d4... http://valleycentral.com/news/local/after-voter-fraud-allegations-weslaco-commis... http://www.kurv.com/one-time-longtime-weslaco-city-commissioner-avoids-jails-in-...
Kentucky Calvin Randall "Randy" Armitage (former Bath County Sheriff) M 2006-05 Democratic primary D 2007-06 Vote buying Bath County Sheriff Calvin Randall "Randy" Armitage, a candidate for re-election, was indicted by a federal grand jury in June in connection with a federal investigation into vote-buying in Bath County during the May 2006 primary. http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/10185416.html http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/8532222.html
Ohio Tania Kyle Heather Halstead Joel Speyer Marc Gustafson Daniel Hemel Michael Anne Kyle +7 others F 2008 General D Ineligible district voting 13 Tania Kyle was one of a group of wealthy/politically connected individuals, mainly New York Democrats, who admitted they set up a temporary house in Ohio and then voted in that battleground state. The New Yorkers and nine individuals from around the country admitted they should never have registered in Ohio. As part of a deal* with prosecutors, the 13 apologized and claimed they had "misunderstood" the state's voting rules. "Without reservations, we apologize to the community [and] for the problems this misunderstanding has caused," said Greg Nolan, spokesman for activist group Vote from Home. The group is run from the East 82nd Street brownstone of Heather Halstead, daughter of Halstead Properties founder Clark Halstead. Halstead and her husband, Marc Gustafson - along with Bank of New York Mellon exec Joel Speyer and former New York Sun reporter and Scarsdale resident Daniel Hemel - and their friends were investigated after they crammed into a three-bedroom house in Columbus and registered to vote. All of them cast Ohio ballots, even though they were already registered in other states where they resided. *Plea deal: No charges filed http://republicanmichigander.blogspot.com/2008/10/rich-new-york-democrats-commit...
Connecticut Ronald Caveness (former Democratic Town Committee member) M 2000-03 Democratic primary D Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance Ronald Caveness admitted to distributing absentee ballot applications, then illegally being present while voters marked their ballots and taking possession of the ballots during Bridgeport's March 2000 Democratic Town Committee primary. $4,000 fine (reduced to $1,000), resigned from the Democratic Town Committee, barred from seeking reappointment for 2 years http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Absentee-ballot-fraud-has-long-history-in-223...
Alabama Daniel Webster Reynolds III Lesa Coleman Janice Hart Olivia Reynolds M 2013 Dothan municipal D 2014-07 Absentee/Mail Conspiracy 3 3 Daniel Webster Reynolds III pleaded* guilty to three counts of absentee ballot fraud, a class C felony, as part of a scheme to falsify absentee ballots in the 2013 Dothan city commission election on behalf of District 2 Commissioner Amos Newsome. Newsome won the election by just 14 votes. Co-defendants Olivia Reynolds, Lesa Coleman, and Janice Hart were also found guilty in the scheme. *Plea deal: 2 years probation http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/crime_court/fourth-person-connected-to-amos-news... http://www.wtvy.com/content/news/Final-defendant-in-Dothan-voter-fraud-case-plea...
Illinois Michael Collins (former Democratic precinct committeeman and former city council member) M 1995 D 1996 Michael Collins was found to have violated Illinois Election Code (10 ILCS 5/29-6) (from Ch. 46, par. 29-6) Sec. 29-6. regarding knowingly destroying, mutilating, defacing, falsifing or forging election materials. He was also found to have violated Illinois Election Code10 ILCS 5/29-10(a), regarding perjury in the election code. 18 months probation, 125 hours community service, court costs and fines https://truethevote.org/Open%20link%2C%20search%20in%20%22Criminal%20Cases%22%20... St. Clair Circuit Court: 96CF0035701, 96CF0035703, 96CF0035705, 96CF0035706
Indiana Natividad "Natalie" Hernandez (Former Democratic committeewoman) F 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary General D 2005 Ineligible district voting 3 2 Natividad "Natalie" Hernandez, former Democratic committeewoman, charged as part of a fraud case brought by the Lake County Joint Voter Task Force that ultimately overturned the result of the 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary. Charges were brought alleging she voted in a precinct other than where she lived in the 2003 East Chicago primary election and 2003 general election. Charged with 2 counts voting in other precinct and 1 count unauthorized entries at polls. Pleaded guilty to unauthorized entries at polls, a misdemeanor. Other counts dismissed. 30 days of probation http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=2214 http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/arrests-planned-on-voter-fraud-charges/article_8d...
Virginia James Halfaday M 2011 D 2011-10 Registration fraud 4 James Halfaday, a former Charlottesville City Council candidate, was charged with four felony counts of election fraud for using a false address when he certified his candidacy for city council with the voter registrar. http://www.nbc29.com/story/15739443/james-halfady-in-court

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