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
Illinois Jesse Lewis Charles Powell Sheila Thomas Kelvin Ellis Yvette Johnson M 2004-11 General D Vote buying East Saint Louis precinct committeemen Jesse Lewis, Charles Powell, Sheila Thomas, 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. 15 months in prison, 2 years supervised release, $200 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 John Mac Combs Randy Thompson Phillip Champion Ronnie Adams M 2006-11 General Vote buying John Mac Combs was convicted 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 Judge-Executive Randy Thompson and Phillip G. Champion, assistant to the judge-executive, and Ronnie Adams, a former magistrate who worked for the county, with taking part in the scheme. 36 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 Terrance Artis Randall Blue Artis (former East Chicago Councilman) M 1999 East Chicago municipal D 2004-05 Vote buying Terrance Artis pleaded* gulity to a federal obstruction of justice charge after he and and his brother Randall "Blue" 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 James Bullock M 2007 Democratic primary, Runoff Vote Buying 5 James Bullock was charged with 5 counts of voter fraud in a vote buying scheme. Pleaded guilty. (Case #BK2008-008, Circuit Court, Benton County) 5 years, with first year under house arrest and 4 years post-release supervision. Pay $2,322.50. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/394430-mississippi-benton-county-cases-fo... http://djournal.com/news/benton-county-voter-fraud/
Kentucky Cletus Maricle (former circuit court judge) Douglas C. Adams Freddy W. Thompson Stanley Bowling Charles Wayne Jones William Stivers William Bart Morris Debra L. Morris M 2002 2004 2006 2010 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. In 2010 sentenced to more than 26 years in prison. Appeal resulted in new trial being set and Maricle then pleaded guilty. Maricle was sentenced to time served, 100 days of home incarceration, 2 years' probation and 200 hours of public service. http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/5-from-Clay-County-Plead-Guilty-in-Vote-Fraud... http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/kentucky/article44027145.html http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2014/04/10/ex-judge-three-others... http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/watchdog/article44482503.html
Illinois Yvette Johnson Charles Powell Sheila Thomas Jesse Lewis Kelvin Ellis F 2004-11 General D Vote buying East Saint Louis precinct worker Yvette Johnson and precinct committeemen Charles Powell, Sheila Thomas, Jesse Lewis, and Kelvin Ellis 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. 2 years probation, first 5 months in monitored home confinement 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...
West Virginia Clifford Odell "Groundhog" Vance (Division of Highways worker) M Vote Buying Clifford Odell "Groundhog" Vance admitted that he bribed voters with pints of Kessler whiskey, $10 to $15 in cash, or both in 1988 or 1990. http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-71.htm http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-71.htm
Kentucky Phillip Champion Randy Thompson John Mac Combs Ronnie Adams M 2006-11 General Vote buying Phillip G. Champion was convicted 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 Judge-Executive Randy Thompson, John Mac Combs, assistant to the judge-executive, and Ronnie Adams, a former magistrate who worked for the county, with taking part in the scheme. 18 months in prison, 3 years supervised release, $100 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
Mississippi Arnold Rooker, Sr. M 2007 Democratic primary, Runoff Vote Buying 3 Arnold Rooker, Sr. was charged with 3 counts of vote fraud as part of widespread arrests during the 2007 Benton countywide elections. Pleaded guilty. http://djournal.com/news/grand-jury-charges-16-in-fraud-probe/
Kentucky Ronnie Adams Randy Thompson John Mac Combs Phillip Champion M 2006-11 General Vote buying Ronnie Adams, a former magistrate, was convicted 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 Judge-Executive Randy Thompson, and John Mac Combs and Phillip G. Champion, assistants to the judge-executive, with taking part in the scheme. 32 months in prison, 3 years supervised release, $300 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

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