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
Mississippi David Massey M 2007 Democratic primary, Runoff Vote Buying 4 David Massey was charged with 1 count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud and 3 counts of voter fraud in a vote buying scheme. Pleaded guilty to 1 count voter fraud. Other counts were retired. (Case #BK2008-006B, Circuit Court, Benton County) 5 years in Department of Corrections. Pay $5,922.50. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/394430-mississippi-benton-county-cases-fo... http://djournal.com/tippah/2009/07/15/jury-convicts-two-in-benton-vote-fraud-cas... http://djournal.com/news/benton-county-voter-fraud/
Kentucky Debra L. Morris Cletus Maricle Douglas C. Adams Freddy W. Thompson Stanley Bowling Charles Wayne Jones William Stivers William Bart Morris F 2002 2004 2006 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. Plea Deal: In 2010 sentenced to 10 years in prison. Appeal resulted in new trial being set and she then pleaded guilty hoping for a lesser sentence. http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/kentucky/article44027145.html http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/kentucky/article44442576.html http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/crime/article44083767.html
Illinois Kelvin Ellis Charles Powell Sheila Thomas Jesse Lewis Yvette Johnson M 2004-11 General D Vote buying East Saint Louis precinct committeemen Kelvin Ellis, Charles Powell, Sheila Thomas, and Jesse Lewis, as well as precinct worker Yvette Johnson, were convicted for conspiracy to commit election fraud after participating in vote buying activities in the 2004 election, including submitting budgets that would allow city funds to pay voters to vote for Democratic candidates. Ellis was also charged with writing a "threatening and misleading" letter to Republican election judges “in order to intimidate” them “so they would not appear at their assigned polling place,” running a prostitution ring out of city hall ,and threatening to kill a federal witness. 4.5 years in prison http://archive.ksdk.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=81280 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1414782/posts http://madisonrecord.com/stories/510559878-east-st-louis-vote-buying-case-goes-t...
Kentucky Scott Lynn McCarty Gary “Rooster” Risner Tami Jo Risner Mason Daniels Larry Shepherd M 2014-05 Democratic primary D Vote buying Illegal assistance In person 1 1 Scott Lynn McCarty pleaded* guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he aided and abetted the payment of a woman in the May 2014 primary in Magoffin County, KY. McCarty said in a court document that he went in the voting booth with the woman to make sure she voted for certain candidates — who were not named in the document — and then directed the woman to see another person McCarty knew who would pay her for voting. Accompanying people into voting booths under the guise that they need assistance has been a common tactic in vote-buying in Kentucky. McCarty faces up to a year in prison. McCarty is charged in another case with Magoffin County Magistrate Gary “Rooster” Risner; his wife, Tami Jo Risner; Mason Daniels; and Larry Shepherd, the husband of county Clerk Renee Arnett Shepherd. The indictment charges that the Risners, Daniels and Shepherd conspired to buy votes in 2014 for county Judge-Executive *Plea deal: Sentencing set for May 2016 http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article66257227.html http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/kentucky/article66370072.html http://www.wtvq.com/2016/03/16/man-pleads-guilty-to-bribing-voter-in-vote-fraud-... http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article94699187.html
West Virginia Glen Dale “Hound Dog” Adkins (former Logan County Clerk) M Vote Buying Glen Dale “Hound Dog” Adkins was indicted with others for a conspiracy to control county government in Lincoln County by buying votes, keeping some supporters’ property taxes low, controlling county and state government jobs and rewarding supporters by ensuring their roads were repaired. Admitted that he sold his vote in 1996 for $500. Charged with accepting money for voting. Pleaded guilty. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1549361/posts http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-71.htm http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/396135-eac.html
Kentucky Randy Thompson John Mac Combs Phillip Champion Ronnie Adams M 2006-11 General R Vote buying Randy Thompson, Judge-Executive, was convicted of of scheming to buy votes in the November 2006 election by using public funds to improve driveways and build bridges on private property. Jurors also convicted John Mac Combs and Phillip G. Champion, assistants to the judge-executive, and Ronnie Adams, a former magistrate who worked for the county, with taking part in the scheme. 40 months in prison, 3 years supervised release, $200 fine, $238,793 restitution, barred from holding public office or owning a firearm http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/kentucky/article43989903.html http://www.topix.com/forum/city/hindman-ky/TKENEUPLGHN6CDRO5 http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article44376504.html
Indiana Randall Blue Artis (former East Chicago Councilman) Terrance Artis M 1999 East Chicago municipal D 2004-05 Vote buying Former East Chicago Councilman Randall "Blue" Artis pleaded* gulity to a federal theft of funds charge after he and and his brother Terrance Artis were charged with multiple felony counts of fraud, conspiracy and misappropriation of funds in connection with the sidewalks-for-votes scandal. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/artis-brothers-enter-guilty-pleas/article_8dd...
Mississippi John Edward "Tuney" Jones M 2003-08 Alcorn County 2003-09 Vote Buying 2 John Edward "Tuney" Jones was charged with paying people $10 to allow him to vote their absentee ballots in 2003. Charged with 2 counts of influencing absentee ballot by payment of money. Pleaded guilty. (Case #CR03-306-CT1, Alcorn County) 5 years in a Mississippi Department of Corrections facility, with 4 years suspended and 4 years of post-release supervision. Pay $260, with $500 suspended. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/394764-mississippi-alcorn-county-cases-2....
Mississippi Larry Tip Massey M 2007 Democratic primary, Runoff Vote Buying 4 Larry Tip Massey was charged with 1 count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud and 3 counts of voter fraud. Pleaded guilty to one charge of voter fraud in a vote buying scheme. The other counts were dismissed. (Case #BK2008-006C, Circuit Court, Benton County) 5 years with 3 years suspended, 2 years to be served in a Mississippi Department of Corrections facility and 3 years on post-release supervision. Pay $822.50. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/394430-mississippi-benton-county-cases-fo... http://djournal.com/news/grand-jury-charges-16-in-fraud-probe/
Illinois Sheila Thomas Charles Powell Jesse Lewis Kelvin Ellis Yvette Johnson F 2004-11 General D Vote buying East Saint Louis precinct committeemen Sheila Thomas, Charles Powell, Jesse Lewis, and Kelvin Ellis, as well as precinct worker Yvette Johnson, were convicted for conspiracy to commit election fraud after participating in vote buying activities in the 2004 election, including submitting budgets that would allow city funds to pay voters to vote for Democratic candidates. 18 months in prison, 2 years supervised release, $400 fine http://archive.ksdk.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=81280 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1414782/posts http://madisonrecord.com/stories/510559878-east-st-louis-vote-buying-case-goes-t...

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