True the Vote Election Crimes Database

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State Defendant Co-Defendants Sex Date Election D/R Charged Convicted Type1 Type2sort descending Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Georgia Michael Douglas, Jr. Olin Norman “Bobo” Gibson M 2004 Dodge County sheriff D 2009-07 Absentee/Mail Vote buying Multiple voting 6 100 Michael Douglas, Jr. pleaded* guilty to conspiring to buy votes and vote more than once in the 2004 sheriff election, in violation of federal law. Douglas was charged with 2 counts of conspiracy and 4 counts of vote buying. "Bobo" Gibson, who was also charged in the conspiracy, pleaded guilty to buying a vote for Douglas. The government presented evidence that Douglas provided money to supporters, including Gibson, to be used to buy votes, and that Douglas supporters paid hundreds of voters for their absentee ballots, in particular blank absentee ballots, then filled those ballots out with votes for Douglas and cast them in the election. *Plea deal: 18 months in federal prison https://www.fbi.gov/atlanta/press-releases/2010/at031210b.htm http://www.macon.com/news/article28573060.html http://www.macon.com/news/article28587751.html
Georgia Olin Norman “Bobo” Gibson Michael Douglas, Jr. M 2004 Dodge County sheriff D 2009-07 Absentee/Mail Vote buying 1 100 Olin Norman “Bobo” Gibson pleaded* guilty to buying a vote for Michael Douglas in the 2004 sheriff election. Gibson and Douglas were both charged in the conspiracy to buy hundreds of voters' absentee ballots with money provided by Douglas, in particular blank absentee ballots, and fill those ballots out with votes for Douglas and cast them in the election. *Plea deal: 4 months in prison https://www.fbi.gov/atlanta/press-releases/2010/at031210b.htm http://www.macon.com/news/article28573060.html http://www.macon.com/news/article28587751.html http://www.macon.com/news/local/crime/article28581598.html
North Carolina Contested Election: Leon Maynor vs. Laura Sampson 2015-11 Lumberton municipal Contested Election Vote buying The State Board of Elections ordered a new election for the Lumberton Precinct 7 City Council seat, due to voter “irregularities." possible fraud and “systematic” errors made by the Robeson County Board of Elections. The Precinct 7 race had been stalled by election protests filed by both the incumbent, Leon Maynor, and challenger, Laura Sampson. Following several recounts, including a full hand-to-eye recount, Maynor held a one-vote lead over Sampson. An investigator with the State Board of Elections testified that there is an ongoing investigation of vote-buying allegations against both Maynor and Sampson. The investigator, Matthew Martucci, a former New York Police Department detective, said that both candidates, local election officials and others have been interviewed about the allegations, which were made by multiple sources. All information collected during the investigation will be forwarded to the State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The state board questioned Steve Stone, the chairman of the Robeson County Board of elections, extensively about how the hand recount was conducted, and after reviewing the ambiguous ballots, decided there was no way they could determine the voters’ “intent” based on the ballots. New election ordered. https://robesonian.com/news/83625/2-new-elections-ordered http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/new-elections-ordered-for-pembroke-mayor-o...
Georgia Election contest: Jack Stone v. Bayne Cole 2015-11 Hazlehurst mayoral 2015-11 Election contest Vote buying/selling Ineligible district voting 2 A judge threw out Hazlehurst’s November 2015 mayoral election results due to voter fraud. Incumbent Mayor Jack Cole lost re-election by two votes to Bayne Stone and contested the election. Cole accused Stone and his supporters of paying voters to go to the polls and helping non-residents cast ballots. The judge's order said he believed the allegations of vote buying and other irregularities, including testimony from two voters who said Stone's son paid them off the street to go cast ballots. A new election was ordered. New election ordered http://www.wtoc.com/story/30632291/hazlehurst-mayoral-election-results-overturne... http://www.walb.com/story/30517251/former-hazlehurst-mayor-contesting-election
Mississippi Ike Brown (former chair of the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee) Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee M 2003 Democratic primary D 2005-02 Section 2, Voting Rights Act violation Vote dilution Absentee/Mail Ike Brown, along with the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee which he chaired starting in 2000 and the Noxubee County Election Commission, were found to have violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by systematically and intentionally disenfranchising white voters. The U.S. proved that Brown and his co-defendants rigged the Democratic primary voting process against white voters by manipulating voter rolls, tampering with absentee ballots, making threats to ban some whites from voting, miscounting ballots to ensure white candidates lost, and committing other discriminatory acts. The landmark case marked the first time the federal government used the 1965 Voting Rights Act to protect the rights of white voters. When violations continued during the August 2007 Democratic primary, the court appointed a Referee-Administrator to organize the county’s Democratic primary elections until November 20, 2011; limited the role that defendants could play in supervising future primary elections; and directed poll managers to apply Mississippi’s election laws in counting ballots and preventing improper voter assistance. The 2007 ruling and remedial order were affirmed by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2009. Referee-Administrator appointed to organize county Democratic primaries through November 20, 2011; defendants' role in supervising future primaries limited; poll managers directed to apply Mississippi’s election laws in counting ballots and preventing improper voter assistance. http://www.leagle.com/decision/2007934494FSupp2d440_1892/U.S.%20v.%20BROWN http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions%5Cpub%5C07/07-60588-CV0.wpd.pdf https://www.justice.gov/crt/cases-raising-claims-under-section-11b-voting-rights... https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/15/noxubee_comp_0... https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/15/noxubee_remedi...
Alabama Nathaniel Gosha (a former Russell County commissioner and Phenix City Council candidate) Lizzie Mae Perry M 2001-09 Phenix City municipal Absentee/mail Vote Selling Forgery 37 9 Nathaniel Gosha, a former Russell County commissioner and Phenix City Council candidate, was convicted of 16 felony counts of possessing forged documents, 9 felony counts of falsifying absentee ballots, and 12 misdemeanor counts of disclosing the votes of others, in a scheme to sell absentee ballots in the September 2001 municipal election. Co-defendant Lizzie Mae Perry pleaded guilty to charges of absentee ballot fraud and agreed to testify against Gosha. Gosha and Perry falsified ballots by having people sign as witnesses to absentee ballot affidavits that had not been signed or sworn by the voters, and by putting false information about the voters' places of residence on the affidavits.   90 days in jail (multiple concurrent terms), 3 years probation, $500 fines for each of 9 false ballot convictions, $100 fines for each of 12 vote disclosure misdemeanors, $5/day for each day behind bars http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20021020/NEWS/210200353?p=5&tc=pg http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29238529.html#! http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/394032-alabama-voter-fraud.html http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/798132/replies?c=116
Michigan Zedora Miller (former city council member) Bobbie Baker Frank Fields Angela Smith F 2001-01 2001-11 Ecorse City Council General 2003-01 Absentee Ballot Fraud Voter coercion 5 Felony charges were filed against Angela Smith, Frank Fields, Zedora Miller and Bobbie Baker. The four were accused of handling and tampering with absentee voter ballots stemming from the January 9, 2001, election for Ecorse City Council. Miller, a member of the Ecorse City Council, was charged with 1 count of improper return of an Absentee Voter Ballot, 1 count of conspiracy to improperly return Absentee Voter Ballot, and 1 count of tampering with an Absentee Voter Ballot or, alternatively, attempting to influence an Absentee Voter. Miller was also charged with 1 count of tampering with an Absentee Voter Ballot and 1 count of improper return of an Absentee Voter Ballot in the November 6, 2001, general election. http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164-46849_47203-58997--,00.html http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/826964/posts
Mississippi Election Contest: Dave Ware v, Johnny DuPree 2013-06 Hattiesburg Mayoral Election Contest Voter impersonation Ineligible felon voting In the June 4, 2013 election for Hattiesburg Mayor, Dave Ware finished 37 votes behind incumbent Johnny DuPree. But that result was marred by a total breakdown in the absentee balloting process and shocking instances of illegal voting. Hundreds of absentee ballots failed to comply with mandatory provisions of Mississippi law. They were counted anyway, giving DuPree well more than his margin of victory. The evidence showed improper influence of absentee voters and lax security and recordkeeping for absentee ballots. One ballot cast by a Ware supporter simply disappeared. A 17-year-old voted absentee from the county jail. A “curbside” voter at the Dixie Pine precinct (someone too disabled to enter the polling place but who voted in person from his vehicle, with help from the poll managers) was actually a healthy 22-year-old man who was in San Antonio, Texas on Election Day. He did not vote, but someone else voted in his name. Disenfranchised felons voted, even though their prior crimes made them ineligible. Sheriff’s personnel carried one of those voters from jail to vote in person on June 4. At least four ineligible felons voted. The trial itself involved allegations of witness intimidation, jury “retaliation,” and a 9-3 verdict for Ware that somehow devolved into a deadlocked 8-4 vote. New election ordered http://hottytoddy.com/2013/08/21/big-wins-of-integrity-of-the-vote/
Mississippi Prentiss Harris Ann Reed Margie McNair Dona Jones Prentiss Harris Gloria Smith F 2015-11 State General 2015-11 Illegal assistance Voter intimidation/coercion In February 2016, the Mississippi Attorney General's Office took over the prosecution in a voting fraud case filed against five Franklin County pollworkers charged with election fraud during the Nov. 3, 2015 general election at the Bude precinct. Circuit Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson issued the warrants for their arrests. Prentiss Harris and Gloria Smith, both of Bude, were charged with breaking a state law that says an election officer who aids or influences a voter in preparing a ballot may be fined no less than $10 and no more than $200. All of the women were working the Bude precinct on Election Day. Anita Leonard and Carl Cupit, both Republican Party poll observers at the Bude precinct, filed the charges on Nov. 13. Leonard said she saw pollworkers going beyond what is allowed in helping voters and alleged that the pollworkers weren’t properly checking voters’ identification. Sen. Melanie Sojourner, R-Natchez, contested her close loss to former Sen. Bob Dearing in the Senate District 37 race. Dearing, a Democrat, won the seat back from Sojourner by a 62-vote margin. Charges dismissed https://mississippipep.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/franklin-county-poll-workers-arr... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/b113715bcd3745eca3352936439d5364/MS--Vote... http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/24b8c1cc5dbd4ba38d83910a01f74b81/MS--Elec...
Mississippi Carl Mickens (Noxubee County Circuit Clerk) Noxubee County 2003 2005-02 Section 11(b), Voting Rights Act violation Voter intimidation/coercion Carl Mickens, individually and in his official capacity as Circuit Clerk of Noxubee County, and Noxubee County were sued by the U.S. along with Ike Brown and the NDEC, for violating Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act. A consent decree was entered with these defendants contemporaneously with the filing of the Ike Brown complaint, which they were removed from. Consent decree - effective through December 2012 https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/15/noxubee_comp_0... https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/15/noxubee_cd_0.p...

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