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 Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5sort descending Follow Up
Illinois 2016-11 General Absentee/Mail Vote buying Kankakee officials announced an investigation into voter fraud, including allegations that “individuals from Chicago” were offering gifts in exchange for votes, and prompting a visit by the top federal attorney for central Illinois and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Illinois Attorney General’s office is also “actively monitoring” the situation. The probe is centered on a hotly contested race between Democratic State Rep. Kate Cloonen and her Republican challenger Lindsay Parkhurst. The investigation was sparked by complaints of people being bribed for votes and several fraudulent voter applications bring filed.
Connecticut Patricia Del Rocco F Absentee Ballot Fraud Del Rocco, a city employee, was accused of voting an absentee ballot when she could have voted in person. $200 fine and ordered to comply with the law in the future
Iowa Patrick Lyons M Multiple 2011-04 Ineligible felon voting 6 1 Patrick Lyons, a convicted felon, pleaded* guilty to one count of perjury and one count of election fraud, after he voted in several elections and ran for election as a school board candidate, both of which he was ineligible to do because of his prior conviction. *Plea deal: 5 years (suspended), 2 years supervised probation, $750 fine, court costs
Washington Tanya Padilla F Tanya Padilla was suspected of being an "unqualified person voting", but there was insufficient evidence to pursue.
Texas Tamara Scotch Michael Scotch F 2013-05 Municipal 2015-04 Ineligible district voting 4 Michael Scotch and his wife, Tamara Scotch, were each charged with four counts of fraud as a result of claiming an address where they did not reside in order to vote in a municipal election.
Washington Robin Sloate 1 Records received from Snohomish County Washington did not indicate the specific accusation. From a list of almost 200 voter fraud cases that occurred since June 2007, only one person was charged. According to the prosecutor's office, the remainder of the cases were not prosecuted and no records were kept on the type of specific charge for the unprosecuted cases.
Texas Graciela Sanchez Lupe Rivera Sr. Lupe Rivera Jr. F 2013-11 Weslaco municipal D 2015-10 Absentee/mail 4 4 Graciela Sanchez pleaded* guilty to voter fraud for possessing ballots and not providing his name and address on the carrier envelopes in the November 2013 race for Weslaco City Commission District 5. Then-incumbent City Commissioner Lupe Rivera Sr. and his son Lupe Rivera Jr. were also charged. The election was successfully contested due to fraud. *Plea deal: 2 years probation
California Nativo Lopez M 2008 Presidential primary D 2009-06 Ineligible district voting Registration fraud - ineligible district Perjury 8 1 Nativo Lopez pleaded* guilty to one felony count of voter-registration fraud, after being charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office with fraudulent voter registration, fraudulent document filing, perjury, and fraudulent voting. Lopez registered to vote using an office address in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles although he lived with his family in Orange County. He also cast an illegal ballot from Los Angeles in the 2008 presidential primary. In 1996, the Latino activist registered new voters in the Orange County congressional district that very narrowly went for Loretta Sanchez over incumbent Bob Dornan. Subsequent investigation found that some voters that Mr. Lopez had registered were not citizens. *Plea deal: 3 years probation, 400 hours community service
Virginia Paul Godwin M 2008-08 Ineligible Voting 2 Paul Godwin was charged with election offienses and unqualified person voting. Guilty. (Sussex County)
Texas Benito Aranda Jr. Mark Homero Almaraz M 2012-05 Primary 2014-04 Ineligible ? 1 1 Benito Aranda Jr. of Alice and Mark Homero Almaraz of San Diego were arrested for illegally voting in Jim Wells County in the May 2012 Primary Election, an election in which they knew they were not eligible to vote, a second degree felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in jail, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.


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