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 Type1sort descending Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Arkansas Phillip Carter (West Memphis City Councilman) Hudson Hallum Kent Hallum Sam Malone M 2011 State House Primary, Runoff and General D Vote Buying Absentee/Mail Conspiracy Former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum, Kent Hallum, Phillip Wayne Carter and Sam Malone pleaded guilty to the conspiracy that helped Hudson Hallum win his seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2011. Conspiring to commit election fraud in a scheme that included destroying ballots and exchanging money, alcohol and food for votes. Prosecutors said Hallum and his father, Kent, tasked campaign workers Phillip Wayne Carter and Sam Malone with obtaining absentee ballot applications for certain voters and assisting voters in filling out the ballots, while actually completing absentee ballots in some instances without regard to the voter's actual candidate choice. A total of nine people were charged by federal and state authorities in connection with the plan. Carter had used the same absentee ballot fraud strategy in other elections at the state and federal level. Carter organized others, including Malone, a Quorum Court member, School Board member and police officer, to participate. Plea deal: 3 years probation, including 5 months of home confinement with electronic monitoring, $2,500 fine, 100 hours community service http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2012/09/05/vote-fraud-case-coming-... https://www.fbi.gov/littlerock/press-releases/2013/former-state-representative-h... http://media.arkansasonline.com/news/documents/2012/09/05/hallumetal.electionfra...
Kentucky Willard Smith "Donnie Newsome (Knott County Judge-Executive)" M 1998-05 Primary D 2003-04 Vote buying Knott County Judge-Executive Donnie Newsome was convicted of leading a conspiracy to buy votes in the May 26, 1998 Knott County primary election. The jury found that Donnie Newsome and Willard Smith, working together and with other conspirators, approached and paid numerous impoverished, handicapped, illiterate or otherwise impaired persons to vote for Newsome and others by absentee ballot, resulting in a large increase in the rate of absentee voting 2 years in prison and $5,000 fine http://www.justice.gov/archive/opa/pr/2004/March/04_crm_164.htm http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/900460/posts
Georgia Ginger Godsey F 2006-08 Vote Buying Compensation offered to individuals to register and to vote. (State Elections Board Case #2007-00211080074, City of Chickamauga) $2,000 fine, cease and desist order and a public reprimand https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/369066/georgia-response-with-cases.pd...
Mississippi Jerry Huck Childers M 2007 Democratic primary, Runoff Vote Buying 3 Jerry Huck Childers was charged with 1 count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, 1 count of bribery and 1 count of voter fraud in a vote buying scheme. Pleaded guilty to voter fraud. (Case #BK2008-001B, Circuit Court, Benton County) 3 years of incarceration, which was suspended to 3 years post-release supervision. $1,322.50 fine. http://djournal.com/tippah/2009/07/15/jury-convicts-two-in-benton-vote-fraud-cas... http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/394430-mississippi-benton-county-cases-fo...
Kentucky Charles Wayne Jones (former county Democratic election commissioner) Cletus Maricle Douglas C. Adams Freddy W. Thompson Stanley Bowling William Stivers William Bart Morris Debra L. Morris M 2002 2004 2006 D 2009-07 Vote Buying Circuit Court Judge Cletus Maricle, and seven others (Douglas C. Adams, Freddy W. Thompson, Stanley Bowling, Charles Wayne Jones, William Stivers, William Bart Morris and Debra L. Morris) were convicted in 2010 in a massive vote-buying scheme that ran through several elections. After a seven-week trial, the defendants were convicted on various charges they faced, which included vote-buying, mail fraud, extortion and money laundering. Several convicted major drug dealers testified during the trial about how easy it was to spread many thousands of dollars around to buy votes. In 2010 sentenced to 20 years in prison. Appeal resulted in new trial being set. http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/kentucky/article44027145.html http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/5-from-Clay-County-Plead-Guilty-in-Vote-Fraud... https://www.fbi.gov/louisville/press-releases/2011/lo030811.htm http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/franklin-county/article44083473.html
Kentucky William Proffitt Jeffrey Newport Martha Hughes Tony Gumm Corey Page Michael Page M 2006-11 General Vote buying William Proffitt pleaded* guilty to conspiring to buy votes in the 2006 Monroe County general election, along with Jeffrey Newport, Tony Gumm, Martha Hughes, Corey Page, and Michael Page. From October to November 7, 2006, the group conspired to pay voters to cast walk-in absentee ballots. *Plea deal: 2 years probation, $1000 fine http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/4_Monroe_Countians_Sentenced_in_Vote-Buying_S... https://www.fbi.gov/louisville/press-releases/2011/tompkinsville-man-sentenced-i... https://www.fbi.gov/louisville/press-releases/2011/final-defendant-pleads-guilty...
Kansas Sedgwick County - Names Unknown 2006 Vote Buying A candidate reportedly paid people $50 to $75 to deliver 20 votes each. No action taken. (multiple cases) http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/366880-kansas-2nd-response-part-1.html
Mississippi Elberto Brown M Vote Buying Paid undercover police officers $30 per vote, pleaded guilty to attempted bribery. 2 years probation and $500 fine
Arkansas Sam Malone (West Memphis Police Officer) Hudson Hallum Kent Hallum Phillip Carter M 2011 State House Primary, Runoff and General D Vote Buying Absentee/Mail Conspiracy Former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum, Kent Hallum, Phillip Wayne Carter and Sam Malone pleaded guilty to the conspiracy that helped Hudson Hallum win his seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2011. Conspiring to commit election fraud in a scheme that included destroying ballots and exchanging money, alcohol and food for votes. Prosecutors said Hallum and his father, Kent, tasked campaign workers Phillip Wayne Carter and Sam Malone with obtaining absentee ballot applications for certain voters and assisting voters in filling out the ballots, while actually completing absentee ballots in some instances without regard to the voter's actual candidate choice. A total of nine people were charged by federal and state authorities in connection with the plan. Carter had used the same absentee ballot fraud strategy in other elections at the state and federal level. Carter organized others, including Malone, a Quorum Court member, School Board member and police officer, to participate. Plea deal: 3 years probation, including 7.2 months of home confinement with electronic monitoring, 100 hours of community service http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2012/09/05/vote-fraud-case-coming-... https://www.fbi.gov/littlerock/press-releases/2013/former-state-representative-h... http://media.arkansasonline.com/news/documents/2012/09/05/hallumetal.electionfra...
Kentucky Newton J. Johnson M 1998-05 Primary Vote buying Newton J. Johnson entered a guilty plea to buying votes in the 1998 election. http://www.bigsandynews.com/Articles-i-2003-06-20-43107.111215-Floyd-man-is-acqu...

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