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State Defendant Co-Defendants Sex Date Election D/R Charged Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Marginsort descending Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
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
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
Kentucky Michael Salyers M 2010 Breathitt County magistrate Vote buying 10 "When it comes to vote buying, it’s an everyday thing. ... It’s pretty much like jaywalking," admited former Breathitt County magistrate candidate Michael Salyers, who is serving time in jail for buying votes in his 2010 race. Salyers was given $500 and ended up buying about 10 votes. He would meet people seeking to sell their votes in the back room of a local store. "They would go into the machine and cast their vote...They were supposed to vote for me. They would come back to me and I would pay them for going to vote. Salyers says vote buying has been so blatant that, "you used to be able to go behind the voting machine with voters, to make sure that if you bought their vote, that they would vote the way you wanted to." 60 days in jail, 6 months home detention and 120 hours of community service. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/25/drug-money-funds-voter-fraud-in-kentu... https://www.fbi.gov/louisville/press-releases/2012/former-candidate-for-breathit...
Florida Ernest Sinclair Johnson, Jr. "Madison 9" M 2010 Madison school board 2011-11 Absentee/Mail Impersonation Perjury 13 11 Ernest Sinclair Johnson, Jr., was charged with 11 counts of felony fraud in connection with casting votes, one count of corruptly influencing voting, and one count of perjury by false written declaration in the 2010 Madison school board election. His wife, school board candidate Abra “Tina” Hill Johnson, 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. 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://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00028405/00592
Texas Guadalupe Rios 2006 Municipal Absentee/Mail 11 11 Guadalupe Rios pleaded* guilty to 11 counts of absentee ballot fraud for illegally possessing other voters' ballots in the 2006 municipal election (TEC 86.006). *Plea deal: 4 years probation, 60 days house arrest, $500 fine http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/404105-texas-ag-response.html Starr/Brooks: 08-08-09945 CR
Texas Oscar Rios Jose Rene Gomez Oralia Frausto Maria Gonzalez (aka Dolores Gutierrez) M 2006-03 Democratic primary D 2006-06 Registration fraud - fake Absentee/Mail 12 12 Oscar Rios pleaded* guilty to 12 counts of absentee ballot fraud for illegally possesing other voters' ballots. Oralia Frausto, Jose Rene Gomez, and Maria Gonzalez (aka Dolores Gutierrez) - Starr and Hidalgo county political operatives - were also indicted for voter fraud in a large-scale effort to submit mail-in ballots for imaginary people in 2006’s March Democratic primary election. The four were indicted by a grand jury in Brooks County on charges related to the scheme, which involved registering fake voters to vacant lots in Starr County and having mail-in ballots sent to several Hidalgo County addresses. *Plea deal: 2 years deferred adjudication/community supervision, $300 fine http://www.jpattitude.com/FraudDocs/FiveIndicted_StarrCountyTexas.pdf Starr/Brooks: 07-05-09741 CR
Wisconsin Robert D. Monroe M 2011 2012 Multiple R 2014-06 Multiple voting Absentee/Mail Ineligible district voting 13 12 Robert D. Monroe, of Shorewood, was charged in 2014 with 13 felony counts of voter fraud and pleaded* no contest to six of them. Each is punishable by up to 18 months in prison.  Monroe cast two ballots in the April 2011 Supreme Court election, two in the August 2011 recall election of state Sen. Alberta Darling, five in the 2012 recall election of Gov. Scott Walker, one illegal ballot in an August 2012 primary and two ballots in the November 2012 presidential election. In the presidential election, Monroe cast an in-person absentee ballot in Shorewood on Nov. 1 and drove a rental car to Lebanon, IN, where he showed his Indiana driver's license to vote in person on election day, Nov. 6.  In January 2016, Monroe pleaded an insanity defense, blaming his mental condition for his illegally voting in multiple elections over two years. *Plea deal: http://wsau.com/news/articles/2014/jun/24/milwaukee-man-charged-with-voter-fraud... http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/wisconsin_man_charged_with_voting_multipl... http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/convicted-of-voter-fraud-shorewood-man-pursue...
Ohio Heather Halstead Joel Speyer Marc Gustafson Daniel Hemel Tania Kyle Michael Anne Kyle +7 others 2008 General D Ineligible district voting 13 Heather Halstead was one of a group of wealthy/politically connected individuals, mainly New York Democrats, who admitted they set up a temporary house in Ohio and then voted in that battleground state. The New Yorkers and nine individuals from around the country admitted they should never have registered in Ohio. As part of a deal* with prosecutors, the 13 apologized and claimed they had "misunderstood" the state's voting rules. "Without reservations, we apologize to the community [and] for the problems this misunderstanding has caused," said Greg Nolan, spokesman for activist group Vote from Home. The group is run from the East 82nd Street brownstone of Heather Halstead, daughter of Halstead Properties founder Clark Halstead. Halstead and her husband, Marc Gustafson - along with Bank of New York Mellon exec Joel Speyer and former New York Sun reporter and Scarsdale resident Daniel Hemel - and their friends were investigated after they crammed into a three-bedroom house in Columbus and registered to vote. All of them cast Ohio ballots, even though they are already registered in New York. *Plea deal: No charges filed http://republicanmichigander.blogspot.com/2008/10/rich-new-york-democrats-commit...
Ohio Joel Speyer Heather Halstead Marc Gustafson Daniel Hemel Tania Kyle Michael Anne Kyle +7 others M 2008 General D Ineligible district voting 13 Joel Speyer was one of a group of wealthy/politically connected individuals, mainly New York Democrats, who admitted they set up a temporary house in Ohio and then voted in that battleground state. The New Yorkers and nine individuals from around the country admitted they should never have registered in Ohio. As part of a deal* with prosecutors, the 13 apologized and claimed they had "misunderstood" the state's voting rules. "Without reservations, we apologize to the community [and] for the problems this misunderstanding has caused," said Greg Nolan, spokesman for activist group Vote from Home. The group is run from the East 82nd Street brownstone of Heather Halstead, daughter of Halstead Properties founder Clark Halstead. Halstead and her husband, Marc Gustafson - along with Bank of New York Mellon exec Joel Speyer and former New York Sun reporter and Scarsdale resident Daniel Hemel - and their friends were investigated after they crammed into a three-bedroom house in Columbus and registered to vote. All of them cast Ohio ballots, even though they were already registered in other states where they resided. *Plea deal: No charges filed http://republicanmichigander.blogspot.com/2008/10/rich-new-york-democrats-commit...
Ohio Marc Gustafson Heather Halstead Joel Speyer Daniel Hemel Tania Kyle Michael Anne Kyle +7 others M 2008 General D Ineligible district voting 13 Marc Gustafson was one of a group of wealthy/politically connected individuals, mainly New York Democrats, who admitted they set up a temporary house in Ohio and then voted in that battleground state. The New Yorkers and nine individuals from around the country admitted they should never have registered in Ohio. As part of a deal* with prosecutors, the 13 apologized and claimed they had "misunderstood" the state's voting rules. "Without reservations, we apologize to the community [and] for the problems this misunderstanding has caused," said Greg Nolan, spokesman for activist group Vote from Home. The group is run from the East 82nd Street brownstone of Heather Halstead, daughter of Halstead Properties founder Clark Halstead. Halstead and her husband, Marc Gustafson - along with Bank of New York Mellon exec Joel Speyer and former New York Sun reporter and Scarsdale resident Daniel Hemel - and their friends were investigated after they crammed into a three-bedroom house in Columbus and registered to vote. All of them cast Ohio ballots, even though they were already registered in other states where they resided. *Plea deal: No charges filed http://republicanmichigander.blogspot.com/2008/10/rich-new-york-democrats-commit...

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