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 Source4sort descending Source5 Follow Up
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
California Kathleen Knox (former auditor-controller candidate) F 2014-05 Registration fraud - ineligible district 7 3 Kathleen Knox, former candidate for Alameda County auditor-controller, pleaded* no contest to three counts of voter fraud for violations of California's election code. Knox registered to vote at an address that was not her residence. She was originally charged with seven counts of perjury and voter fraud. *Plea deal: 3 years probation, fine
Minnesota Ineligible felon voters (1,099) 2008-11 General 2010+ Ineligible felon voting 243 Minnesota Majority identified 1,099 ineligible felons who voted in the November 2008 U.S. Senate election, which was eventually decided by 312 votes, by comparing criminal records with voting rolls. Minnesota Majority took the information to prosecutors across the state. Many were not interested in pursuing the cases, but Minnesota law requires authorities to investigate such leads. As of 2012, 177 ineligible felon voters had been convicted of voting fraudulently in the Senate race, and another 66 were awaiting trial. Many of the ineligible felons avoided conviction by saying they didn't 'knowingly' vote unlawfully. While some ineligible felon voters registered in advance of the election and should have been flagged for challenge, the overwhelming majority who evaded detection used Election Day Registration, which currently has no mechanism to detect or prevent ineligible voters.
Indiana Ponciano Herrera M 2003 Democratic primary D 2006-03 Voter intimidation/coercion Absentee Ballot Fraud 8 4 Ponciano Herrera pleaded* guilty to misdemeanor charge of handling a forged absentee ballot, after being charged with eight felony counts of illegally manipulating absentee ballots and inducing voters to commit perjury in the May 2003 Democratic mayoral primary in East Chicago. Herrera convinced four of his neighbors, a deaf brother and sister and two mentally retarded people to sign their absentee ballots and turn them over to him without voting. Longtime East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick narrowly defeated challenger George Pabey in that primary, but the Indiana Supreme Court overturned Pastrick's victory due to widespread voter fraud and ordered a new election. *Plea deal: 90 days probation
Virginia Andrew Spieles M 2016 D Registration fraud Andrew Spieles, a James Madison University student and Virginia Young Democrat working for HarrisonburgVotes, confessed that he submitted 19 voter registration applications for deceased individuals.
New York Anthony DiFiglio Anthony DiFiglio William McInerney Anthony Renna John Brown Clement Campana Gary Galuski Michael LoPorto Ed McDonough Kevin McGrath M 2009-09 Working Families Party Primary D Absentee/mail Voter intimidation/coercion Forgery 1 2 Anthony DeFiglio, a Democratic political operative who used to work for the Troy Housing Authority where much of the fraud occurred, claimed the process of ballot forgery was simply a “normal political tactic” and an accepted way of winning elections. DeFiglio pleaded* guilty to first-degree falsifying business records in connection with the 2009 Working Families Party primary in Troy, NY. The WFP was founded by key members of ACORN, and shares many of its political strategies. The WFP has listed ACORN as an affiliate program directly on their Web site. DeFiglio was identified as being one of three men who convinced two mentally disabled men to sign absentee ballots which were later filled in for them. DeFiglio was ordered to stay out of trouble for three years and complete 100 hours of community service. *Plea deal: 3 years deferred adjudication, 100 hours community service.
Missouri Election contest: Bruce Franks v. Penny Hubbard 2016-08 Democratic primary D 2016-08 Election contest Absentee/Mail Ballot tampering 230 A judge ordered a new election in the August 2016 Democratic primary for Missouri state House District 78, saying that “the court is firmly convinced” that absentee ballot irregularities “affected the outcome of the election.” Challenger Bruce Franks contested the results after losing to incumbent Penny Hubbard by just 90 votes. Franks alleged that as many as 230 absentee ballots were obtained illegally, were tampered with, or both. New election ordered - outcome changed/Franks won
Texas Veronica Saldivar Belinda Solis F 2012-05 Democratic primary General Donna ISD D 2014-08 Vote buying (federal) 1 29 Veronica Saldivar and Belinda Solis pleaded* guilty in federal court to buying votes during the May 2012 Democratic primary and the 2012 general election. A campaign manager for a Hidalgo County Commissioner bought cocaine and gave it to the two women so they could use it to entice voters. Saldivar pleaded guilty to one count of vote-buying after she admitted to buying 17 to 29 votes with cash, cocaine, beer, and cigarettes. Both women were part of a large year and a half long FBI investigation into election corruption in Hidalgo County that began in January 2013. The women were paid campaign workers, also known as politiqueras, who targeted low income areas and elderly individuals enticing them to vote for a particular candidate. Saldivar was sentenced to eight months in prison and two years of supervised release. *Plea deal: 8 months in prison plus 2 years of supervised release
Indiana Michael R. Marshall Christopher Marshall John Cook M 2010 Jeffersonville mayoral D 2011-10 Absentee/Mail Forgery Perjury 48 3 Michael Marshall pleaded* guilty to three felony voter fraud charges involving the improper execution of absentee ballot applications in the 2010 Jeffersonville mayoral election after being charged with 23 counts of voter fraud and 25 counts of forgery and perjury. Marshall admitted he forged absentee ballot applications to illegally obtain the ballots. Marshall's son Christopher Marshall and John Cook were also indicted on voter fraud charges. *Plea deal: 18 months in prison (9 months suspended), $450 fees/fines
New York William McInerney Anthony DiFiglio William McInerney Anthony Renna John Brown Clement Campana Gary Galuski Michael LoPorto Ed McDonough Kevin McGrath M 2009-09 Working Families Party Primary D Absentee/mail Impersonation Forgery 1 William McInerney admitted to forging hundreds of ballots and applications but only had to plead* guilty to one in exchange for his testimony. He confessed to targeting those in low-income housing situations, and admitted to committing forgery since at least 2007. During the trial for LoPorto and McDonough, defense attorney Brian Premo suggested that McInerney could have been charged with several hundred felonies. He was given 90 days in a Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department work program and avoided jail time. *Plea deal: 90 days in a county work program


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