True the Vote Election Crimes Database

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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 ascending Source5 Follow Up
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. https://web.archive.org/web/20130316033640/http://menrec.com/four-ny-democrats-s... https://web.archive.org/web/20130416075913/http://menrec.com/new-york-democrats-... http://insider.foxnews.com/2011/12/21/dems-plead-guilty-to-felony-charges-in-vot... http://www.saratogian.com/article/ST/20111221/NEWS/312219994
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. http://freebeacon.com/politics/virginia-young-democrat-caught-registering-dead-v... https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/he-fought-in-world-war-ii... http://www.dnronline.com/news/harrisonburg/student-admits-to-fraud/article_0e0cc... http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/article_e008ce00-0365-57a2-95c0-4d9aa70012...
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 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/more-indictments-east-chicago-voter-fraud-c... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1601469/posts http://www.votelaw.com/blog/archives/003929.html http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/suspended-lake-policeman-guilty-of-vote-fraud...
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.  http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/york-when-1099-felons-vote-in-race-won-by-312-... http://www.electionintegritywatch.com/documents/2011-Report-Voter-Fraud-Convicti... http://www.mnvoters.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=266%3Amva-p...
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 http://theback-story.blogspot.com/ http://kfbk.iheart.com/articles/kfbk-news-461777/auditorcontroller-candidate-in-... http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Auditor-controller-candidate-Kathleen-Knox-q... http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_25687188/alameda-county-auditor-hopef...
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
Kentucky Scott Lynn McCarty Gary “Rooster” Risner Tami Jo Risner Mason Daniels Larry Shepherd M 2014-05 Democratic primary D Vote buying Illegal assistance In person 1 1 Scott Lynn McCarty pleaded* guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he aided and abetted the payment of a woman in the May 2014 primary in Magoffin County, KY. McCarty said in a court document that he went in the voting booth with the woman to make sure she voted for certain candidates — who were not named in the document — and then directed the woman to see another person McCarty knew who would pay her for voting. Accompanying people into voting booths under the guise that they need assistance has been a common tactic in vote-buying in Kentucky. McCarty faces up to a year in prison. McCarty is charged in another case with Magoffin County Magistrate Gary “Rooster” Risner; his wife, Tami Jo Risner; Mason Daniels; and Larry Shepherd, the husband of county Clerk Renee Arnett Shepherd. The indictment charges that the Risners, Daniels and Shepherd conspired to buy votes in 2014 for county Judge-Executive *Plea deal: Sentencing set for May 2016 http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article66257227.html http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/kentucky/article66370072.html http://www.wtvq.com/2016/03/16/man-pleads-guilty-to-bribing-voter-in-vote-fraud-... http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article94699187.html
Kentucky Douglas C. Adams (former school Superintendent) Cletus Maricle Freddy W. Thompson Stanley Bowling Charles Wayne Jones William Stivers William Bart Morris Debra L. Morris M 2002 2004 2006 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 24 years and 5 months in prison. Appeal resulted in new trial being set and Adams then pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served, 100 days of home incarceration, 2 years' probation and 200 hours of public service. http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/kentucky/article44027145.html http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/5-from-Clay-County-Plead-Guilty-in-Vote-Fraud... http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2014/04/10/ex-judge-three-others... http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/watchdog/article44482503.html
Kentucky Freddy W. Thompson (former County Clerk) Cletus Maricle Douglas C. Adams Stanley Bowling Charles Wayne Jones William Stivers William Bart Morris Debra L. Morris M 2002 2004 2006 R 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 12 years and 6 months in prison. Appeal resulted in new trial being set and Thompson then pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 2 years' probation and 200 hours of public service. http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/kentucky/article44027145.html http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/5-from-Clay-County-Plead-Guilty-in-Vote-Fraud... https://www.fbi.gov/louisville/press-releases/2011/former-clay-county-clerk-sent... http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/watchdog/article44482503.html
Kentucky William Stivers (former precinct worker) Cletus Maricle Douglas C. Adams Freddy W. Thompson Stanley Bowling Charles Wayne Jones William Bart Morris Debra L. Morris M 2002 2004 2006 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 24 years in prison. Appeal resulted in new trial being set and Stivers then pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served, 100 days of home incarceration, 2 years' probation and 200 hours of public service. http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/kentucky/article44027145.html http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/5-from-Clay-County-Plead-Guilty-in-Vote-Fraud... http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2014/04/10/ex-judge-three-others... http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/watchdog/article44482503.html

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