|State||Defendant||Co-Defendants||Sex||Date||Election||D/R||Charged||Convicted||Type1||Type2||Type3||# Charges||# Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin||Description||Sentence||Source1||Source2||Source3||Source4||Source5||Follow Up|
|Oklahoma||Ronald Joel Henry||Brenda Henry||M||2016-04||Municipal||2016-08||Absentee/mail||1||9||Ronald Henry and his wife Brenda were arrested and charged in Oklahoma County District Court with one felony count of falsifying an absentee ballot application in the April 2016 Luther town council election. At least nine absentee ballots were fraudulently filled out, including multiple false or duplicate addresses and illegal notarizations without voters present. One voter who was listed as voting absentee confirmed that he did not fill out a ballot or vote in the election.|
|Alabama||Nathaniel Gosha (a former Russell County commissioner and Phenix City Council candidate)||Lizzie Mae Perry||M||2001-09||Phenix City municipal||Absentee/mail||Vote Selling||Forgery||37||9||Nathaniel Gosha, a former Russell County commissioner and Phenix City Council candidate, was convicted of 16 felony counts of possessing forged documents, 9 felony counts of falsifying absentee ballots, and 12 misdemeanor counts of disclosing the votes of others, in a scheme to sell absentee ballots in the September 2001 municipal election. Co-defendant Lizzie Mae Perry pleaded guilty to charges of absentee ballot fraud and agreed to testify against Gosha. Gosha and Perry falsified ballots by having people sign as witnesses to absentee ballot affidavits that had not been signed or sworn by the voters, and by putting false information about the voters' places of residence on the affidavits.||90 days in jail (multiple concurrent terms), 3 years probation, $500 fines for each of 9 false ballot convictions, $100 fines for each of 12 vote disclosure misdemeanors, $5/day for each day behind bars||http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20021020/NEWS/210200353?p=5&tc=pg||http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29238529.html#!||http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/394032-alabama-voter-fraud.html||http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/798132/replies?c=116|
|Illinois||Maria Azada||F||Primary, General||2011-03||Non-citizen voting||Registration fraud - ineligible non-citizen||17||9||Maria Azada, an illegal alien from the Philippines, was found guilty of 17 felony counts related to voter fraud in Lake County, including perjury, mutilation of election materials, and tampering with voting machines in connection with illegal voting by a non-U.S. citizen. In February 2009, Azada admitted to a USCIS officer during an interview for an immigration benefit that she had voted in an election. An investigation revealed that Azada voted nine times in primary, general and consolidated elections between 2003 and 2009. Azada falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen on two Illinois voter registration applications.||120 days in prison,100 hours community service, $2916 fine, subject to deportation||https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/illegal-alien-arrested-charged-voter-fraud||https://truethevote.org/Open%20link%2C%20search%20by%20%22Case%20Number%22%20and...||3/8/16 - Emailed CircuitClerk@lakecountyil.gov asking for correct summary of sentence. NEED TO CALL COURT CLERK AND ASK WAS "COND DISCHARGE SPEC CONDITION" MEANS.|
|Florida||Shalonda Michaelle Brinson||"Madison 9"||F||2010||Madison school board||2011-11||Absentee/Mail||10||9||Shalonda Michaelle Brinson, one of the "Madison 9," was charged with nine counts of felony fraud in connection with casting a vote, and one count of provided a false report to law enforcement authorities, as part of a scheme to illegally request, distribute, and collect absentee ballots in the 2010 Madison school board election. Brinson entered pre-trial intervention.||Pre-Trial Intervention||http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Madison_County_Officials_Arrested_for_Voter_Fr...|
|Texas||Russell Grant||Charles Roaches||M||2009-05||Gonzales municipal||2011-02||Absentee/mail||Voter intimidation/coercion||Ballot tampering||10||10||Russell Grant was indicted in February 2011 on 10 counts of voter fraud for providing false information on an application for early voting in the May 2009 Gonzales City Council election, along with Charles Roaches, indicted on 4 counts. Dozens of Gonzales citizens said then-candidates Grant and Roaches gave them misleading information and possibly tampered with their mail-in ballot applications. City Voting Officer Jean Collins said 83 of 102 mail-in ballot applications received listed "disability" as the reason for voting by mail. Several voters named on the applications contended they are not disabled and never voted by mail. In February 2010, Grant admitted to “voter misconduct” and agreed to resign his District 2 council seat, abstain from public office, and cooperate with authorities in the voter fraud investigation. Both Grant and Roaches entered pretrial diversion.||Pre-Trial Intervention - 2 years community supervision||http://www.gonzalesinquirer.com/news/russell-grant-given-second-chance/article_0...||http://www.gonzalesinquirer.com/news/grant-resigns-seat-from-council-makes-deal-...|
|Alabama||Election contest: Oren Fannin v. Karen Berry||2008-11||Pike County commission||2008-12||Election contest||Absentee/Mail||Ineligible district voting||10||After nearly a year in office, Pike County Commissioner Karen Berry was ordered to vacate her District 6 seat to challenger Oren Fannin when a judge ruled that 10 votes were cast illegally for Berry in the November 2008 election. Berry was originally declared the winner by a six-vote margin, but Fannin contested the results. All 10 illegal votes were cast by absentee ballot. Three invalid ballots were stipulated by both parties, since Carl, Mary and Brandon Kidd cast absentee ballots for Berry but lived outside District 6. Another three voters - Tiffany Paige Gray, Norman Lyn Gray and Nerita Hinkle - all testified to voting for Fannin but also lived outside the district. Berry herself also pleaded guilty to charges of voter fraud and perjury for mailing an illegal absentee ballot.||Results overturned - Fannin declared winner||http://www.troymessenger.com/2009/10/02/fannin-declared-district-6-winner/|
|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)||http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/29/mississippi-naacp-leader-sent-to-prison-for-10...||http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/voter-fraud-conviction-upheld-against-tunic...||http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2012/08/lessadolla-sowers-naacp-ex...||Sowers died in prison|
|Texas||Diana Balderas Castaneda||Francisco “Frankie” Garcia Rebecca Gonzalez Guadalupe Escamilla||F||2012-11||Donna ISD school board||D||2014-01||Vote buying (federal)||1||10||Diana Balderas Castaneda was one of three politiqueras who pleaded* guilty to federal vote-buying charges stemming from the November 2012 Donna school board election. The women gave residents cash, drugs, beer and cigarettes, which the candidates they worked for and their campaign managers would give them for that purpose, In exchange for their votes in the 2012 primary and general elections. Castaneda admitted bribing about 10 voters, and on a few occasions, she drove voters to buy drugs after they voted. Castaneda pleaded guilty to one count of vote-buying.||*Plea deal:||https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/campaign-worker-pleads-guilty-buying-votes-donna-...||http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/us/politics/texas-vote-buying-case-casts-glare...||https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-campaign-workers-charged-buying-votes-donna...|
|Oregon||Leanne Lewis||F||2005-05||Multiple Voting||2||10||Leanne Lewis voted in both Columbia County and Washington County on five different occasions from 2003 to 2004. Charged with 2 counts of making false statements under election laws, a Class C felony. Treated as a Class A misdemeanor.||1 year of probation, 40 hours of community service and an $857 fine||http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/366805-oregon-prosecuted-cases-log-to-ari...|
|Florida||Abra "Tina" Hill Johnson (school board member)||"Madison 9"||F||2010||Madison school board||2011-11||Absentee/Mail||Impersonation||12||10||Abra “Tina” Hill Johnson, a candidate in the 2010 Madison school board election, was charged with 10 counts of felony fraud in connection with casting a vote, and two counts of absentee ballots and voting violations. Johnson's husband and seven others - the "Madison 9" - were also charged in the scheme, which involved asking voters to sign Absentee Ballot Request Forms and, without the voters’ knowledge or consent, writing an alternate address on the forms, causing the ballots to be mailed to a third party rather than directly to the voters. In 2010, Florida law required ballots to be sent to a voter’s registered address unless the voter was absent from the county, hospitalized, or temporarily unable to occupy their residence. The Johnsons retrieved the ballots, took them to the voters and waited for them to vote, and then returned the ballots to the Supervisor of Elections. In some instances, the voters were only presented with the absentee ballot signature envelope to sign and never received the actual ballot to cast their vote. Johnson won the election by 28 votes. She and her campaign volunteers were charged with obtaining about 45 absentee ballots without proper authorization.||http://www.redstate.com/2011/11/01/fbi-arrests-8-in-florida-for-absentee-ballot-...||http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Madison_County_Officials_Arrested_for_Voter_Fr...||http://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/UF/00/02/83/08/02004/7A.pdf||http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00028405/00592|
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