True the Vote Election Crimes Database

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State Defendant Co-Defendants Sex Date Electionsort descending D/R Charged Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
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. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/bronx-politician-hector-ramirez-bu... https://nyelectionsnews.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/bronx-da-indicts-former-assembl... http://www.scribd.com/doc/265940256/Indictment-Ramirez-Hector-Cuevas-Ana-Redacte...
New York Ana Cuevas Hector Ramirez F 2014 State Assembly Democrat primary D 2015-05 Absentee/mail Forgery Voter intimidation/coercion Ana Cuevas, a campaign aide to Hector Ramirez, who ran for NY State Assembly in 2014, was charged in connection with that campaign's absentee ballot scheme. Ramirez 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. Ramirez edged out Pichardo by a 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. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/bronx-politician-hector-ramirez-bu... https://nyelectionsnews.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/bronx-da-indicts-former-assembl... http://www.scribd.com/doc/265940256/Indictment-Ramirez-Hector-Cuevas-Ana-Redacte...
New Jersey Antonio Santana M 2007 State General D 2009-03 Absentee/Mail Forgery 4 Antonio Santana was indicted for changing votes on absentee ballots he collected during New Jersey's 2007 legislative election. He allegedly unsealed three ballots and changed the votes to Democratic candidates. Charged with election fraud (2nd degree), absentee ballot fraud (3rd degree), tampering with public records or information (3rd degree) and forgery (4th degree). Plea deal included pleading guilty to some charges so that other charges were dropped. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/03/newark_campaign_worker_indicte.html http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases09/pr20090323b.html
Mississippi Ann Reed Ann Reed Margie McNair Dona Jones Prentiss Harris Gloria Smith F 2015-11 State General 2015-11 Illegal assistance In February 2016, the Mississippi Attorney General's Office took over the prosecution in a voting fraud case filed against five Franklin County pollworkers charged with election fraud during the Nov. 3, 2015 general election at the Bude precinct. Circuit Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson issued the warrants for their arrests. Ann Reed of Meadville, Margie McNair of Bude, and Dona Jones of Meadville were charged with violating a state elections law forbidding “dishonest decisions by managers” of polling places “concerning qualifications of voters.” The women allegedly did not check voter qualifications. State law says if an election manager knowingly permits an unqualified person to vote or prohibits a qualified person from voting, the manager may face jail time of up to three months, a fine of up to $200 or both. Anita Leonard and Carl Cupit, both Republican Party poll observers at the precinct, filed the charges on Nov. 13. Leonard said she saw pollworkers going beyond what is allowed in helping voters and alleged that the pollworkers weren’t properly checking voters’ identification. Sen. Melanie Sojourner, R-Natchez, contested her close loss to former Sen. Bob Dearing in the Senate District 37 race. Dearing, a Democrat, won the seat back from Sojourner by a 62-vote margin. Charges dismissed https://mississippipep.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/franklin-county-poll-workers-arr... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/b113715bcd3745eca3352936439d5364/MS--Vote... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/24b8c1cc5dbd4ba38d83910a01f74b81/MS--Elec...
New Jersey Joann Nibaldi F 2007 State General 2011 Absentee/Mail 1 Joann Nibaldi was accused of tampering with ballots used for the 2007 general election for state senate, in violation of absentee ballot laws. Charged with 1 count violation of absentee voting law, vote by mail-third degree. She waived her indictment and trial by jury and requested to be tried by the court. Pleaded to accusation. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/395065-new-jersey-dcj-cases-4.html
Mississippi Margie McNair Ann Reed Margie McNair Dona Jones Prentiss Harris Gloria Smith F 2015-11 State General 2015-11 Illegal assistance In February 2016, the Mississippi Attorney General's Office took over the prosecution in a voting fraud case filed against five Franklin County pollworkers charged with election fraud during the Nov. 3, 2015 general election at the Bude precinct. Circuit Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson issued the warrants for their arrests. Margie McNair of Bude, Ann Reed of Meadville, and Dona Jones of Meadville were charged with violating a state elections law forbidding “dishonest decisions by managers” of polling places “concerning qualifications of voters.” The women allegedly did not check voter qualifications. State law says if an election manager knowingly permits an unqualified person to vote or prohibits a qualified person from voting, the manager may face jail time of up to three months, a fine of up to $200 or both. Anita Leonard and Carl Cupit, both Republican Party poll observers at the Bude precinct, filed the charges on Nov. 13. Leonard said she saw pollworkers going beyond what is allowed in helping voters and alleged that the pollworkers weren’t properly checking voters’ identification. Sen. Melanie Sojourner, R-Natchez, contested her close loss to former Sen. Bob Dearing in the Senate District 37 race. Dearing, a Democrat, won the seat back from Sojourner by a 62-vote margin. Charges dismissed https://mississippipep.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/franklin-county-poll-workers-arr... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/b113715bcd3745eca3352936439d5364/MS--Vote... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/24b8c1cc5dbd4ba38d83910a01f74b81/MS--Elec...
Mississippi Dona Jones Ann Reed Margie McNair Dona Jones Prentiss Harris Gloria Smith F 2015-11 State General 2015-11 Illegal assistance In February 2016, the Mississippi Attorney General's Office took over the prosecution in a voting fraud case filed against five Franklin County pollworkers charged with election fraud during the Nov. 3, 2015 general election at the Bude precinct. Circuit Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson issued the warrants for their arrests. Dona Jones and Ann Reed of Meadville, and Margie McNair of Bude, were charged with violating a state elections law forbidding “dishonest decisions by managers” of polling places “concerning qualifications of voters.” The women allegedly did not check voter qualifications. State law says if an election manager knowingly permits an unqualified person to vote or prohibits a qualified person from voting, the manager may face jail time of up to three months, a fine of up to $200 or both. Anita Leonard and Carl Cupit, both Republican Party poll observers at the Bude precinct, filed the charges on Nov. 13. Leonard said she saw pollworkers going beyond what is allowed in helping voters and alleged that the pollworkers weren’t properly checking voters’ identification. Sen. Melanie Sojourner, R-Natchez, contested her close loss to former Sen. Bob Dearing in the Senate District 37 race. Dearing, a Democrat, won the seat back from Sojourner by a 62-vote margin. Charges dismissed https://mississippipep.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/franklin-county-poll-workers-arr... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/b113715bcd3745eca3352936439d5364/MS--Vote... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/24b8c1cc5dbd4ba38d83910a01f74b81/MS--Elec...
Mississippi Prentiss Harris Ann Reed Margie McNair Dona Jones Prentiss Harris Gloria Smith F 2015-11 State General 2015-11 Illegal assistance Voter intimidation/coercion In February 2016, the Mississippi Attorney General's Office took over the prosecution in a voting fraud case filed against five Franklin County pollworkers charged with election fraud during the Nov. 3, 2015 general election at the Bude precinct. Circuit Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson issued the warrants for their arrests. Prentiss Harris and Gloria Smith, both of Bude, were charged with breaking a state law that says an election officer who aids or influences a voter in preparing a ballot may be fined no less than $10 and no more than $200. All of the women were working the Bude precinct on Election Day. Anita Leonard and Carl Cupit, both Republican Party poll observers at the Bude precinct, filed the charges on Nov. 13. Leonard said she saw pollworkers going beyond what is allowed in helping voters and alleged that the pollworkers weren’t properly checking voters’ identification. Sen. Melanie Sojourner, R-Natchez, contested her close loss to former Sen. Bob Dearing in the Senate District 37 race. Dearing, a Democrat, won the seat back from Sojourner by a 62-vote margin. Charges dismissed https://mississippipep.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/franklin-county-poll-workers-arr... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/b113715bcd3745eca3352936439d5364/MS--Vote... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/24b8c1cc5dbd4ba38d83910a01f74b81/MS--Elec...
Mississippi Gloria Smith Ann Reed Margie McNair Dona Jones Prentiss Harris Gloria Smith F 2015-11 State General 2015-11 Illegal assistance Voter intimidation/coercion In February 2016, the Mississippi Attorney General's Office took over the prosecution in a voting fraud case filed against five Franklin County pollworkers charged with election fraud during the Nov. 3, 2015 general election at the Bude precinct. Circuit Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson issued the warrants for their arrests. Prentiss Harris and Gloria Smith, both of Bude, were charged with breaking a state law that says an election officer who aids or influences a voter in preparing a ballot may be fined no less than $10 and no more than $200. All of the women were working the Bude precinct on Election Day. Anita Leonard and Carl Cupit, both Republican Party poll observers at the Bude precinct, filed the charges on Nov. 13. Leonard said she saw pollworkers going beyond what is allowed in helping voters and alleged that the pollworkers weren’t properly checking voters’ identification. Sen. Melanie Sojourner, R-Natchez, contested her close loss to former Sen. Bob Dearing in the Senate District 37 race. Dearing, a Democrat, won the seat back from Sojourner by a 62-vote margin. Charges dismissed https://mississippipep.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/franklin-county-poll-workers-arr... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/b113715bcd3745eca3352936439d5364/MS--Vote... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/24b8c1cc5dbd4ba38d83910a01f74b81/MS--Elec...
Mississippi Election contest: Melanie Sojourner v. Bob Dearing 2015-11 State General (Senate District 37) 2015-11 Election contest Illegal assistance Voter intimidation/coercion Republican Senator Melanie Sojourner lost the November 2015 state Senate District 37 election by 64 votes to former Democratic Senator Bob Dearing. She charged in her petition that she lost due to criminal fraud. A poll watcher and former bailiff (for August primary) filed criminal charges against four poll workers and an election commissioner who worked the Bude Precinct during the November 3 election. She lost the precinct by 242 votes. She claims approximately 90 "improper and illegal actions" took place at that precinct, including: *Illegally offering voter assistance to those who didn't request it or weren't disabled. *poll workers illegally attempting to "aid or influence voters" *poll workers "illegally violating the secrecy of the ballot" *poll workers illegally entering the polling booth alone with voters http://kingfish1935.blogspot.com/2015/12/sojourner-will-challenge-results.html

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