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 descending Charged Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Michigan Dilsa Maria Saddler F 2008-11 General D 2012 Non-citizen voting Registration fraud 2 1 Dilsa Maria Saddler, who is not a U.S. citizen, was convicted of voter fraud for illegally signing a voter registration form and voting in the 2008 presidential election. Saddler was never asked to provide any proof of citizenship prior to registering or voting. The fraud was discovered when she applied for citizenship in 2012. Saddler was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 100 hours of community service, and ordered to pay $750 in fines and court costs. 10 days in jail, 100 hours community service, $750 fine/court costs
Texas Rafael Elizondo M 2012-07 Democratic primary runoff D 2015-03 Absentee/mail Ballot tampering 5 5 Brownsville residents Rafael Elizondo and Jose A. Garza were indicted for possessing marked ballots without the consent of the voter, in violation of Section 86.006 of the Texas Election Code. Garza was indicted on five counts of possession of a marked ballot without the consent of the voter during a 2012 primary runoff election.
New York Hector Ramirez Ana Cuevas M 2014 State Assembly Democrat primary D 2015-05 Absentee/mail Forgery Voter intimidation/coercion 242 Hector Ramirez, who ran for NY State Assembly in 2014, was arrested and charged with 242 counts of voter fraud for going door-to-door in his west Bronx district duping voters into letting his campaign staff vote on their behalf. Victim after victim after victim testified to the grand jury that members of the Ramirez campaign knocked on their door, including Hector Ramirez himself, and said ‘Hey, you don’t have to go to the polls for this election, just sign here,” Assistant District Attorney Pishoy Yacoub said in Bronx Supreme Court. Ramirez's staff tricked citizens in the 86th District into authorizing Ramirez aides to hand in their absentee ballots to the Board of Elections. Prosecutors found the names of Ramirez staffers in the box marked "I authorize" on dozens of the duped voters' applications for an absentee ballot, and those voters never got their ballots back. Ramirez marked down at least 35 of the ballots as votes for himself in the Democratic primary against incumbent Victor Pichardo. Campaign aide Ana Cuevas was also charged in connection with the alleged scheme. Ramirez edged out Pichardo by 11 votes in the original count — out of just over 3,517 total tallies in the largely poor district — but ended up losing by two votes after a hand recount.
Connecticut Prenzina Holloway (mother of city council Democratic Majority Leader) F 2004 Democratic primary D Absentee Ballot Fraud Illegal Assistance Prenzina Holloway, a campaign volunteer, was accused of being present while two people filled out absentee ballots and then mailing them herself in 2004, violations of state law since she was an agent of a political party. She was also accused of signing a man's absentee ballot application and absentee ballot, as well as voting an absentee ballot when she could have voted in person in 2004. She was accused of giving out absentee ballot applications while working for a third party organization in 2006 in violation of a commission order. Civil penalty of $10,000, reduced to $2,000 due to financial hardship. Ordered not to distribute absentee ballot applications or assist with them for two years, and to comply with the law in the future. The 2006 complaint was dismissed.
Connecticut Alicia Primer F 2006-08 2006-09 2006-11 Democratic Primary (CT) Democratic Primary (MA) State (CT) D Multiple Voting Registration Fraud Ineligible District Voting 2 An investigation by the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission determined that Primer voted in August 2006, September 2006 and November 2006 in Weston, Massachusetts and Groton, Connecticut, even though her primary residence was in Weston, Massachusetts. Primer's vote in the August 2006 race for state representative resulted in a tie. The tie was settled by a flip of a coin. Had Primer not voted, the tie would not have occurred. Based on the lack of a prior record and cooperation with investigators, the State of Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission didn't refer her case for criminal prosecution, even though it found she violated the law by registering to vote in Connecticut while registered in Massachusetts, and subsequently voting twice in Connecticut. $4,000 fine and ordered to follow state elections law.
Mississippi Cobby Williams M 2013-05 Canton Democratic Primary D 2013-10 Registration Fraud - felon 1 0 Cobby Williams was sentenced to five (5) years in prison for his participation in knowingly registering a convicted felon to vote. In March, 2013, Williams went to the home of Pamela Walker (“Walker”) with the intent of registering her to vote in the May election. Walker informed Williams she was a convicted felon and not eligible to vote. Despite knowing this, Williams insisted Walker fill out voter registrations forms. Williams took the forms and turned them in to the Madison County Circuit Clerk’s Office for the registration of Walker. When it was discovered by the Circuit Clerk that Walker was a convicted felon and not eligible to vote, the District Attorney’s Office began an investigation. Upon questioning, Walker admitted she filled out the forms but they were turned in by Williams. Subsequent investigation confirmed Williams had turned in the forms, knowing Walker was not eligible to vote, in violation of §23-15-17, False Registration of Another. A Madison County Grand Jury indicted Williams in October, 2013, charging him with one (1) count of voter fraud, carrying a maximum of five (5) years in prison. Williams pled* Guilty to the crime and was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, suspended, with five years of Supervised Probation. *Plea deal: 5 years in prison (suspended), 5 years probation.
Connecticut Paulette Park F D Illegal Assistance Absentee Ballot Fraud Park was accused of participating in an absentee ballot mobilization effort during which she assisted others with filling out the ballots without signing them, and on one occasion told a voter to mark the "out of town" box even though both knew the voter would not be out of town on election day. The State of Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission found she had violated the law. Park was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, which was later reduced to zero because of financial hardship $5,000 fine and barred from participating in campaigns.
Indiana Shelly White (former precinct committee member) F 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary D 2005 Absentee Ballot Fraud 10 Shelly White, precinct committee member, 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. Accused of pressuring acquaintances to fill out absentee ballots. Charged with 10 counts of fraudulent application for ballots. Pleaded guilty to 1 count of making a fraudulent application for an absentee ballot, a misdemeanor. Other counts dismissed. 5 days in county jail
Indiana Rachel Aviles F 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary D 2006 Ineligible district voting 1 1 Rachel Aviles was 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. Charged with 1 count voting in precinct in which she did not live. Pleaded guilty to voting in other precinct, a misdemeanor. 1 year of probation
Mississippi Lessadolla Sowers F 2007-08 Democratic primary D Absentee/mail Impersonation 31 10 Lessadolla Sowers, a Tunica County NAACP executive committee member, was found guilty of fraudulently casting 10 absentee ballots; 21 additional counts were dropped for various reasons. Sowers was found guilty of voting in the names of Carrie Collins, Walter Howard, Sheena Shelton, Alberta Pickett, Draper Cotton and Eddie Davis; and in the names of four dead persons: James L. Young, Dora Price, Dorothy Harris, and David Ross. Mississippi Bureau of Investigations officers seized ballot boxes from the Tunica County Courthouse the evening of the Aug. 7, 2007, primary elections. Seventeen absentee ballots pulled from sealed ballot boxes listed the Sowers' post office box address. Eight Tunica County residents testified at trial that they did not sign the applications or absentee ballots cast in their names and showing Sowers' P.O. box. A forensic scientist identified Sowers’ DNA on the inner seals of five envelopes containing absentee ballots. Sowers received a five-year prison term for each of the 10 counts, to be served concurrently. 5 years in prison (10 concurrent 5-year terms) Sowers died in prison


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