True the Vote Election Crimes Database

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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
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> http://www.northjersey.com/news/election-official-says-she-is-probing-deluge-of-... http://patersontimes.com/2016/05/23/paterson-councilman-akhtaruzzaman-files-in-c... http://patersontimes.com/2016/05/26/judge-orders-recount-in-patersons-2nd-ward-e... http://patersontimes.com/2016/06/02/khalique-gains-1-vote-in-patersons-2nd-ward-... http://patersontimes.com/2016/09/12/majority-of-witnesses-in-patersons-2nd-ward-...
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 http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-12-16/news/ct-met-voter-fraud-deportatio... https://truethevote.org/Open%20link%2C%20search%20by%20%22Case%20Number%22%2C%20...
Texas Willie Howard Ray 2004 Primary Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 7 7 Willie Howard Ray pleaded* guilty to one count of absentee ballot fraud (TEC 86.006) after being charged with seven counts of illegal possession of another's ballot in the 2004 primary election. Additional allegations included unlawfully obstructing a poll watcher, witnessing multiple ballot applications, and providing illegal assistance. *Plea deal: 8 months deferred adjudication, $200 fine http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/404105-texas-ag-response.html Bowie: 06M1309-CCL
Kansas Pottawatomie County - Names Unknown 2006 Absentee Ballot Fraud Forgery 7 Advance ballots were arranged to be sent to addresses where voters did not reside, according to the owner of an apartment complex who signed a statement saying the voters did not reside there. The ballots were voted. Referred to law enforcement; not pursued. (7 cases) http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/366880-kansas-2nd-response-part-1.html
Texas Melinda Hunter F 2004 Primary Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 7 7 Melinda Hunter was charged with seven counts of absentee ballot fraud in the 2004 primary election. Additional allegations included unlawfully obstructing a poll watcher, witnessing multiple ballot applications, and providing illegal assistance. Hunter entered pre-trial diversion in 2006. Pre-Trial Intervention: 6 months http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/404105-texas-ag-response.html Bowie: 06M0301-CCL
Pennsylvania William Geary Thomas Keefer, Walter "Deb" Wiltrout M 2011-11 General D 2013-10 Absentee/mail Illegal assistance Conspiracy 10 7 William Geary and Thomas Keefer, Democratic Bullskin Township supervisors, were charged with voter fraud for soliciting absentee votes from elderly residents who weren't eligible to cast such ballots. Keefer was charged with five violations of the election code relating to absentee ballots. Geary was charged with seven violations of the same provision. In addition, both men were charged with one count of unlawful assistance in voting and two counts of conspiracy. Former supervisor Walter "Deb" Wiltrout was charged with three counts related to unlawful assistance of two voters. Keefer, Geary, and Wiltrout visited elderly voters' homes to help them complete ballots despite knowing the voters were physically able to vote in-person on Election Day, and also failed to fill out declarations of physical disability with the ballots, which certify that the voters wouldn't be able to vote in-person. Keefer obtained six votes that way, Geary obtained seven, and Wiltrout two. All three were admitted into a pretrial diversionary program in Fayette County Court. Pre-Trial Intervention: 6 months Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) http://www.heraldstandard.com/law_and_order/courts/bullskin-supervisors-accused-... http://triblive.com/news/fayette/4868381-74/keefer-presentment-ballots http://notenoughsaid.blog.com/2015/03/14/fayette-county-grand-jury-one-sealed-pr... http://notenoughsaid.blog.com/files/2015/03/1stPresentment1.pdf http://notenoughsaid.blog.com/files/2015/03/2ndPresentment1.pdf
Connecticut Jacqueline Rogers (campaign worker for a city council candidate) F 1993-09 Democratic primary D Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 7 Jacqueline Rogers, a campaign worker for Bridgeport City Council candidate James Holloway, illegally solicited and collected seven "emergency" absentee ballot votes and instructed at least one of the voters to cast her ballot for Holloway during the September 1993 Democratic primary. The commission also determined Rogers was paid $150 for her service. Holloway defeated incumbent Mary Brantley by just nine votes. Barred from participating in campaigns for 5 years http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Absentee-ballot-fraud-has-long-history-in-223...
Texas Maria Mendoza Garcia F 2006 Primary Absentee/Mail Forgery 7 7 Maria Mendoza Garcia was charged with seven counts of absentee ballot fraud for knowingly providing false information on ballot applications (TEC 84.0041) in the 2006 primary election. Garcia entered pre-trial diversion. Pre-Trial Intervention: 12 months, 80 hours community service, $60 fee http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/404105-texas-ag-response.html Dimmit/LaSalle: 08-11-00052 CRL
Texas Gilda Hernandez F 2010-03 Primary Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 7 7 Gilda Hernandez pleaded* guilty to two counts of illegal assistance (TEC 64.036) and four counts of absentee ballot fraud (TEC 86.006) for illegally possessing other voters' ballots and failing to provide identifying information while assisting voters. She was also alleged to have unlawfully obstructed a watcher and provided false information on a ballot application. *Plea deal: 1 year deferred adjudication, $250 fine Dallas/Rockwall: 11082011CCL-B
Texas Estela Cruz Saenz F 2006 Primary Absentee/Mail Forgery 7 7 Estela Cruz Saena was charged with seven counts of absentee ballot fraud for knowingly providing false information on ballot applications (TEC 84.0041) in the 2006 primary election. Saenz entered pre-trial diversion. Pre-Trial Intervention: 6 months, $60 fee http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/404105-texas-ag-response.html Dimmit/LaSalle: 08-12-00063 CRL

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