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 ascending # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Oregon Rebecca Kiser F 2004-11 Petition Fraud 8 Rebecca Kiser submitted forged signatures on an initiative petition. Pleaded guilty to 1 count of making false statements under election laws, a Class C felony. The remaining 7 counts of the indictment were dismissed. 3 days in jail, 36 months of probation, $500 fine, $120 unitary assessment and 40 hours of community service
Tennessee Chuck Hunt M 2011 Tellico Plains Mayoral 2012-02 Vote Buying 8 Chuck Hunt was accused of bribing voters to cast ballots a certain way. Charged with 8 counts of bribery of a voter and 8 counts of conspiracy to bribe a voter.
California Nativo Lopez M 2008 Presidential primary D 2009-06 Ineligible district voting Registration fraud - ineligible district Perjury 8 1 Nativo Lopez pleaded* guilty to one felony count of voter-registration fraud, after being charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office with fraudulent voter registration, fraudulent document filing, perjury, and fraudulent voting. Lopez registered to vote using an office address in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles although he lived with his family in Orange County. He also cast an illegal ballot from Los Angeles in the 2008 presidential primary. In 1996, the Latino activist registered new voters in the Orange County congressional district that very narrowly went for Loretta Sanchez over incumbent Bob Dornan. Subsequent investigation found that some voters that Mr. Lopez had registered were not citizens. *Plea deal: 3 years probation, 400 hours community service
Indiana Ponciano Herrera M 2003 Democratic primary D 2006-03 Voter intimidation/coercion Absentee Ballot Fraud 8 4 Ponciano Herrera pleaded* guilty to misdemeanor charge of handling a forged absentee ballot, after being charged with eight felony counts of illegally manipulating absentee ballots and inducing voters to commit perjury in the May 2003 Democratic mayoral primary in East Chicago. Herrera convinced four of his neighbors, a deaf brother and sister and two mentally retarded people to sign their absentee ballots and turn them over to him without voting. Longtime East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick narrowly defeated challenger George Pabey in that primary, but the Indiana Supreme Court overturned Pastrick's victory due to widespread voter fraud and ordered a new election. *Plea deal: 90 days probation
Alabama Janice Hart Lesa Coleman Janice Hart Daniel Reynolds F 2013 Dothan municipal D 2014-05 Absentee/Mail Conspiracy 8 8 Janice Hart, pleaded* guilty to eight misdemeanor absentee ballot fraud charges (reduced from eight felony charges) for illegally obtaining absentee ballots during the 2013 Dothan city commission election on behalf of District 2 Commissioner Amos Newsome. Newsome won the race by just 14 votes. Co-defendants Olivia Reynolds, Lesa Coleman, and Daniel Reynolds were also found guilty in the absentee ballot fraud scheme. *Plea deal: 12 months in jail for each charge (suspended), two years probation for each charge, $200 fine, $25 victim’s compensation fee, court costs
Texas Norma Lopez F 2008 Primary Absentee/Mail 8 8 Norma Lopez pleaded* guilty to one count of absentee ballot fraud after being charged with eight counts of illegally returning marked ballots (TEC 86.006) in the 2008 primary election. *Plea deal: 180 days in jail (suspended), 12 months probation, 40 hours community service, $200 fine Jim Wells/Live Oak: 20067
Ohio Melowese Richardson (poll worker) F 2009 2011 2012 General D Absentee/Mail Impersonation Multiple voting 8 5 Melowese Richardson pleaded no contest to four counts of illegal voting in 2009, 2011 and 2012. One count charged her with voting for her sister, who is in a coma. Four other counts were dropped in exchange for Richardson's plea. Hamilton County Judge Robert P. Ruehlman laid out a laundry list of past charges against Richardson - from witness harassment to theft to assault. 5 years in prison
Texas Alicia Pena Perez F 2008 Primary Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 8 8 Alicia Pena Perez pleaded* guilty to eight counts of absentee ballot fraud, four counts each of illegal possession of a ballot and unlawful assistance (TEC 64.036 and 86.006) in the 2008 primary election. *Plea deal: 1 year probation, $1000 fine and court costs Duval/Live Oak: 20084 - 20091
California Leonis Malburg Domenica Malburg John Malburg M 2006-04 Vernon municipal 2006-11 Ineligible district voting Registration fraud - ineligible district Illegal assistance 8 1 Leonis Malburg, former mayor of Vernon, and his wife Domenica Malburg were convicted of fraudulent voting and voter registration fraud. Malburg, who had been mayor for 50 years prior to his resignation, and his wife did not live in Vernon and were thus ineligible to vote or be candidates in that municipality. Leonis Malburg was convicted of conspiracy to commit a crime, being a public official aiding illegal voting, falsifying a declaration of candidacy, voter registration fraud, false voter registration, perjury under oath, fraudulent voting and assisting an unqualified voter. 5 years probation, barred from holding elective office, $183,800 fines/penalties, $395,000+ restitution
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.


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