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 Source5 Follow Up
Texas Debra Briseno F 2006 Primary Non-citizen voting Illegal assistance Absentee/Mail 27 2 Debra Briseno was convicted of two counts of illegal voting by an ineligible non-citizen (TEC 64.012) and one count of tampering with a government record in the 2006 primary election. Briseno was originally charged with 27 counts: illegal voting by a non-citizen (3), unlawful assistance (1), possessing other voters' ballots (11), tampering with government records (6), and false statements on registration applications (6). 5 years in prison Calhoun: 2006-8-6465, 2006-8-6466, 2006-8-6467, 2006-8-6468, 2006-8-6469
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) Sowers died in prison
Virginia Adam Dustin Ward Jennifer Derrebery M 2011-12 Republican primary R 2013-07 Petition fraud Perjury Forgery 33 0 Adam Dustin Ward was charged in Martinsville with 11 counts each of election fraud, perjury, and uttering (passing) a forged document in connection. Ward worked for election contractor Stillwater LLC, which was enlisted to obtain signatures on campaign petitions for Republican candidate Newt Gingrich in Virginia's 2012 presidential primary. A number of people who signed the petitions did not live at the addresses listed. Ward pleaded guilty in June 2013 to 36 similar charges filed by Augusta County. Co-defendant Jennifer Derrebery assisted prosecutors, and fellow Stillwater employee Traci Foley was also charged in Martinsville. *Plea deal: ?
Colorado Maureen Moss F 2016 Republican primary R 2016-06 Petition fraud Forgery 34 0 Maureen Moss, was charged with 34 felony counts of forging voters' signatures on a petition to get state Rep. Jon Keyser on the 2016 Republican primary ballot for U.S. Senate. Moss was working for Black Diamond Outreach at the time. Investigators discovered 34 voters who onfirmed they did not sign their names and addresses on the petitions turned in by Moss: 17 in Denver, 10 in Jefferson County and seven in Arapahoe County.
Ohio Rebecca Hammonds Ohio Organizing Collaborative F 2015 2016-05 Registration fraud Forgery 35 0 Rebecca Hammonds was indicted on 35 felony voter fraud charges - 32 counts of false voter registration and three counts of false signatures - as part of a scheme to create false voter registration documents for 35 people in Columbiana County in 2015. Hammonds worked for Ohio Organizing Collaborative, a liberal activist group that submitted suspicious voter registration forms in several counties, which were reported to the Secretary of State's office and referred to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
Virginia Adam Ward M 2011-12 Republican primary R Petition fraud Forgery 36 0 Adam Ward pleaded* guilty to 36 counts of voter fraud and perjury after forging thousands of signatures on petitions to get Newt Gingrich on the ballot in Virginia’s 2012 presidential primary. In December 2011, Ward collected more than 11,000 signatures, but investigators could not verify more than 4,000 of them. *Plea deal:
Mississippi Martha "Cat" Gardner F 2005-05 Mayoral 2006-02 Absentee/Mail Illegal Assistance 37 Martha "Cat" Gardner was charged with 37 counts voter fraud pertaining to assistance provided to multiple individuals in obtaining and voting absentee ballots. Pleaded guilty to one count, all other counts retired. (Case #HK2006-014, Chicksaw County) 5 years in Mississippi Department of Corrections, suspended. 30 months of probation and a total of $391.50 in court costs and fees.
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!
California Roger Treskunff (former Hayward County school board candidate) M Registration Fraud 40 0 Roger Treskunff, a former Hayward County school board candidate, pleaded* guilty to registering fictitious voters and falsifying ballot initiatives, both felonies. Treskunoff was intially charged with over 40 felonies. *Plea deal: 1 year in prison, 5 years probation
Illinois William Brown Kevin Wiggins Kyle R. Johnson Trevon L. Tompkin M 2009-04 Cahokia Village municipal 2009-09 Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 41 22 William Brown pleaded* guilty to 22 charges relating to mail ballot fraud in the 2009 Cahokia Village election; 19 other charges were dismissed. Kevin Wiggins and Cahokia village Trustees Kyle Johnson and Trevon Tompkin also pleaded guilty in the scheme to file falsified applications for absentee ballots then illegally vote them. Charges included perjury, marking the absentee ballots of other people, soliciting others to apply for absentee ballots, falsifying applications for absentee ballots, unlawfully observing voting and mutilating election materials. *Plea deal: 2 years probation,10 days in county jail, 200 hours community service


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