True the Vote Election Crimes Database

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State Defendant Co-Defendantssort descending Sex Date Election D/R Charged Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
North Dakota 15 paid petition signature gatheres, including 10 North Dakota State University football players Samuel Ojuri Joshua Colville Marcus Williams Brendin Pierre Lucas Albers Aireal Boyd Demitrius Gray Bryan Shepherd Antonio Rogers Charles Smith III Jennifer Krahn William Brown Don Carter Joshua Gatlin D.J. McNorton 2012-09 Ballot initiative 2012-09 Petition fraud Forgery 15 0 Ten football players at North Dakota State pleaded guilty to misdemeanor election fraud and were sentenced to community service for faking signatures on ballot measure petitions they were hired to collect: Samuel Ojuri, Joshua Colville, Marcus Williams, Brendin Pierre, Lucas Albers, Aireal Boyd, Demitrius Gray, Bryan Shepherd, Antonio Rogers and Charles Smith III. Without enough legitimate signatures, both proposed ballot measures were kept off the November 2012 ballot. Each player was ordered to serve 360 days of unsupervised probation, complete 50 hours of community service and pay $325 in fees. All of the sentences were deferred, meaning the crime will be expunged from a player's record if he completes the conditions of his sentence. Judge Douglas Herman said during sentencing that the defendants were "not smart enough, grown up enough or sophisticated enough" to understand the consequences of their actions. The current players are among 15 people charged in the case. Jennifer Krahn pleaded* guilty and received the same sentence as the 10 players. William Brown pleaded* not guilty and requested a public defender. Three former Bison players -- Don Carter, Joshua Gatlin and D.J. McNorton -- had their first court appearances rescheduled. An Iowa company, Terra Strategies, reportedly hired the players and others for $9 an hour to gather signatures for two citizen initiatives. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said that many of the petition signatures submitted were copied from phone books or fabricated. Quick said in court the players were quoted a daily rate of between $65 and $90 but were told they'd get paid only if they obtained 60 signatures per day. Herman questioned whether the practice was legal and criticized the quota system. *Plea deal: 360 days unsupervised probation (deferred), 50 hours of community service, $325 in fees. http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8452749/ten-north-dakota-state-bi... http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2012/10/2/3443782/north-dakota-football... https://sayanythingblog.com/entry/shocker-ndsu-football-players-guilty-of-petiti...
Alabama Stephanie Elias Sheila Pritchett F 2012-08 Phenix City municipal 2012-08 Absentee/Mail Forgery 8 4 Stephanie Elias, of Columbus, was charged with four counts of second-degree forgery and four counts of absentee ballot fraud. Shelia Pritchett, of Phenix City, was charged with two counts of second-degree forgery and two counts of absentee ballot fraud, all Class C felonies. Both women were working for a candidate in the 2012 Phenix City municipal election. Russell County District Attorney Ken Davis said the fraud came to light when officials discovered duplicate applications for absentee ballots. Someone apparently was going to intercept the ballots when they were sent out and vote them. http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29238529.html#!
Illinois Charles Powell Sheila Thomas Jesse Lewis Kelvin Ellis Yvette Johnson M 2004-11 General D 2005-03 Vote buying East Saint Louis precinct committeemen Charles Powell, Sheila Thomas, 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. 21 months in prison, 2 years supervised release, $2500 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...
Kentucky Chester Jones (former chairman of the Perry County Democratic Executive Committee, former state representative, former circuit court clerk, and candidate for county school board) Sherman Neace M 2008 General D 2009-06 Vote Buying 2 Chester Jones and Sherman Neace, public officials, reportedly diverted $7,500 from the State Democratic Party to buy votes for themselves. Jones acquired 75 counter checks from the local bank, leaving the payee blank, and he and Neace distributed checks for $100 to buy votes. Pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting mail fraud. 12 months of incarceration http://www.kentucky.com/latest-news/article44002317.html http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/recent_news/ex-official-pleads-guilty-to-vot... https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/louisville/press-releases/2009/lo062409a.htm http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca6/10-5598/11a0078n-06-201...
New Mexico Priscilla Morales Silvia Gomez Angelica Marquez Priscilla Morales Jesus Dario Hernandez 2012-03 Sunland Park municipal Ineligible district voting 2 1 Priscilla Morales pleaded* guilty to voter fraud and was sentenced to probation. Morales, an El Paso, Texas resident, was registered to vote in Texas but voted in Sunland Park on Feb. 17, 2012, She was charged with fourth-degree felonies of false voting and conspiracy to commit false voting. *Plea deal: Probation http://nmpolitics.net/index/2012/03/two-more-charged-in-sunland-park-voter-fraud... http://nmpolitics.net/Documents/03.06.12.MoralesComplaintRedacted.pdf
New Mexico Silvia Gomez Silvia Gomez Angelica Marquez Priscilla Morales Jesus Dario Hernandez F 2012-03 Sunland Park municipal 2012-04 Ineligible district voting (+registration) 12 Former Sunland Park city councilor Silvia Gomez pleaded* guilty to three counts of false voting in the courtroom of 3rd Judicial District Judge Fernando Macias. Gomez had been charged with a dozen felony counts for inducing non-residents to vote in the March 2012 Sunland Park elections. 13 people listed Gomez's address as their own when they registered to vote in the city between Jan. 5 and Feb. 7, 2012. Six of them voted early in person or by absentee ballot. Police documents said Gomez registered a Texas couple using her Sunland Park address and asked them to vote for mayoral candidate Daniel Salinas. In exchange for her plea, the district attorney's office dismissed remaining charges, prosecutor Jose Arguello said. Gomez's sentence: three years probation, plus $4,500 in fines and an order forbidding her from registering voters in the future. Macias suspended what amounted to a three-year prison sentence. Gomez is at least the fifth defendant —from the more than 20 allegedly involved with widespread Sunland Park voter corruption — to reach resolution. Most have entered plea agreements. *Plea deal: 3 years in prison (suspended), 3 years probation, plus $4,500 in fines and an order forbidding her from registering voters in the future, for 3 counts of false voting http://nmpolitics.net/index/2012/03/sunland-park-employee-arrested-on-false-voti... http://nmpolitics.net/Documents/03.04.12.GomezCriminalComplaint.pdf http://www.kvia.com/news/Sunland-Park-woman-pleads-guilty-to-voter-fraud/1930822... http://www.abqjournal.com/178004/news/exsunland-park-official-pleads-guilty-to-f...
New Mexico Angelica Marquez Silvia Gomez Angelica Marquez Priscilla Morales Jesus Dario Hernandez Elizabeth Ramirez Jose Manuel Ramirez Nelson Owens Matthew Valenzuela 2012-03 Sunland Park municipal 2 1 Angelica Marquez was charged with false voting and conspiracy to commit false voting, both fourth-degree felonies, for helping four nonresidents register to vote in Sunland Park, New Mexico using her home address, 140 Mimbre, as theirs, and she helped four other nonresidents register to vote using her home as their mailing address. Of the eight, four voted early in the March 6 election. http://nmpolitics.net/index/2012/03/two-more-charged-in-sunland-park-voter-fraud... http://www.abqjournal.com/93012/news/former-official-turns-self-in.html
New Mexico Jesus Dario Hernandez Silvia Gomez Angelica Marquez Priscilla Morales 2012-03 Sunland Park municipal
Alabama Shelia Pritchett Stephanie Elias F 2012-08 Phenix City municipal 2012-08 Absentee/Mail Forgery 4 2 Shelia Pritchett, of Phenix City, was charged with two counts of second-degree forgery and two counts of absentee ballot fraud. Stephanie Elias, of Columbus, was charged with four counts of second-degree forgery and four counts of absentee ballot fraud, all Class C felonies. Both women were working for a candidate in the 2012 Phenix City municipal election. Russell County District Attorney Ken Davis said the fraud came to light when officials discovered duplicate applications for absentee ballots. Someone apparently was going to intercept the ballots when they were sent out and vote them. http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29238529.html#! Conviction/sentence - Russell County DA?
Wisconsin Herbert Gunka Suzanne Gunka M 2010 Multiple voting 1 1 Herbert and Suzanne Gunka were each charged with Double Voting (Felony Class I) after voting twice in the same election, by absentee ballots and again at the polls. http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2010/10/acorn-worker-pleads-guilty-to-vote-fraud...

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