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 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Marginsort descending Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Pennsylvania Eugene Gallagher M 2013-11 Absentee/mail Forgery 2 6 Eugene Gallagher pleaded guilty to voter fraud for persuading Taylor residents and nonresidents to register for absentee ballots in the November 2013 borough council election using a Taylor address. Gallagher also had the six victims listed in a criminal complaint sign the ballot’s envelopes, but never gave them an opportunity to fill them out for themselves. Gallagher resigned his council seat and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors, including forgery, and a separate DUI charge, which was included in his sentence. Lackawanna County Judge Michael Barrasse sentenced Gallagher to a maximum of 10 months in county jail and two months of house arrest, and Gallagher can never again hold public office, *Plea deal: Up to 10 months in county jail, 2 months house arrest, 200 hours community service, barred from holding public office.
Wisconsin Ineligible minor voting 2016-04 Primary 2016-04 In person Ineligible minor voting 6 The Brown County clerk's office says at least six 17-year-olds registered and cast a ballot in the April 2016 primary election. De Pere reported that a 17-year-old certified he was old enough to vote. The clerk's office also learned of five other teens who voted around the area. The county clerk says poll workers did not look at the age on the IDs of some of the students. In one case, a teen used his report card as identification.
Texas Lydia Molina F 2006 Primary Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance Vote buying 6 6 Lydia Molina pleaded* guilty to one count of absentee ballot fraud after being charged with six counts of illegally possessing other voters' ballots (TEC 86.006) in the 2006 primary election. *Plea deal: 1 year deferred adjudiciation, 12 months community supervision, $300 fine
Georgia Joe Murphy (former Lovejoy mayor) 5 unnamed individuals, including 3 family members. M 2007 Lovejoy municipal 2011 Absentee/Mail Ineligible district voting 6 Lovejoy Mayor Joe Murphy agreed to resign and never again seek public office in exchange for dropping an investigation into allegations he and five others, including three of his relatives, cast illegal votes in the 2007 city election. The fraudulent voters allegedly lied on their absentee ballot forms, falsely claiming to live within the Lovejoy city limits at the time they cast their votes. Plea deal: Investigation dropped after Murphy resigned and agreed to never again seek elected office
Michigan Mohammed Russell Armani Asad, Salim Ahmed M 2013-08 Hamtramck municipal primary 2013-09 Absentee/Mail 6 6 Mohammed Russell, Salim Ahmed, and Armani Asad were charged with a total of 41 counts of felony voter fraud for illegally possessing and returning 48 absentee ballots during Hamtramck's August 2013 primary election. It is a felony to possess or return absentee ballots unless you are the person voting, the voter's family member, a mail carrier, or an authorized official. Russell was charged with six counts, each of which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.
Florida Zakee Fur'qan (fka Leon Edward Nelson) M Multiple D 2015-08 Ineligible felon voting Registration fraud 3 6 Zakee Fur'qan illegally voted multiple times after his civil rights had been revoked because of a past felony conviction. Fur'qan, who changed his name from Leon Edward Nelson, was convicted of second-degree murder in Duval County in 1991. Fur'qan's voting history indicated that he registered as a Democrat on Sept. 2, 2004 and had voted six times since then, even though his civil rights had not been restored. He was charged with three counts ofillegally voting in 2014 and 2015. The first trial, in February 2016, ended in a hung jury.
Florida William Lambrigger Michelle Lambrigger M Multiple Ineligible District Voting 6 William Lambrigger and his wife Michelle admitted that they voted in elections in which they were no longer eligible to vote, voting in Lee County and Cape Coral municipal elections while residing in Charlotte County for six years. 3/2/16: COULD NOT FIND SENTENCING INFO. CALLED STATE ATTNY OFFICE 239-533-1000. WAS PUT INTO VOICEMAIL OF INVESTIGATOR AND LEFT MESSAGE.
Alabama Aaron Evans (former Greensboro policeman) Melvin Lightening M 1995-11 Greensboro special municipal 1996-09 Absentee/Mail Impersonation Forgery 15 7 Aaron Evans, a former Greensboro policeman, was convicted in Hale County of absentee ballot voter fraud in the November 1995 Greensboro special election. Evans was found guilty of seven counts of casting illegal absentee ballots, seven counts of forging absentee ballot documents, and one count of possession of forged documents. Co-defendant Melvin Lightening was also convicted of absentee ballot fraud. Evans was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, of which 8 years were suspended. 10 years in prison (8 years suspended)
New Jersey Election contest: Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman v. Shahin Khalique 2016-05 Paterson municipal 2016-05 Election contest Absentee/Mail Ineligible district voting 7 Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman sued for a recount of the May 2016 Paterson council 2nd Ward election, which challenger Shahin Khalique won by just 19 votes, 1,400 to 1,381. Khalique had 1,009 mail-in votes while Akhtaruzzaman had 523. The number of mail ballots issued in the 2nd Ward almost doubled the total for the rest of the five wards combined. The recount increased Khalique's lead by one vote, to 20. Passaic County Superintendent of Elections Sherine El-Abd investigated allegations of mail-in voter fraud in the election and at the recount told the County Board of Elections her investigation uncovered seven confirmed incidents of mail-in voters who cast ballots but were not eligible to vote in the 2nd Ward. She said a minimum of 60 ballots were under question. Akhtaruzzaman’s campaign flagged 65 mail ballots as invalid. Allegations that voters received gifts for filling ballots were also referred to prosecutors. <see Source 5 for update>
Illinois Parvin Vakili Mahmoud Vakili F Multiple 2011-9 Non-citizen voting Registration fraud - ineligible non-citizen 2 7 Parvin Vakili and her husband Mahmoud Vakili were charged with perjury of the election code and mutilation of election material. The couple, who were both born in Iran, were not U.S. citizens. According to the Lake County Clerk's office, Mahmoud Vakili first registered to vote in Lake County in 1988 and Parvin Vakili in 1992. Since then, Mahmoud voted five times and Parvin seven times, most recently in 2010. The clerk's office is required to process any voter registration applications that it receives but does not have tools available by which to confirm someone's citizenship before accepting a voter registration application. 12 months supervised probation, 100 hours community service, fines and court costs


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