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 Marginsort descending Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Illinois Three unnamed individuals 2015-04 East St. Louis municipal Absentee/Mail 30 At least 30 absentee ballots in East St. Louis’ Precinct 13 in the 2015 mayoral election were fraudulent, all filled out by just three people, according to a handwriting analysis. Those and other absentee ballots in the April 2015 municipal election are being investigated, St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly confirmed. The Belleville News-Democrat obtained 85 absentee ballots from the 13th Precinct from the East St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners in which voters wrote in the name of then-incumbent Mayor Alvin Parks. The ballots, which are public record, do not contain the names of the voters.
Illinois Kevin Wiggins William Brown Kyle R. Johnson Trevon L. Tompkin M 2009-04 Cahokia Village municipal 2009-09 Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 82 43 Kevin Wiggins pleaded* guilty to 43 charges relating to mail ballot fraud in the 2009 Cahokia Village election; 39 other charges were dismissed. William Brown 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
Georgia Tommy Raney (former Jackson City Council Member) Debra Brown M 2007 Jackson municipal Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 1 47 Tommy Raney, a candidate for the Jackson City Council, and his campaign worker, Debra Brown, pleaded* guilty to conspiracy to commit absentee ballot fraud for mishandling more than 40 absentee ballots in the 2007 Jackson City Council race. Raney had won the election by 27 votes. The inspector general determined Raney filled out two voter registration applications for electors; filled out and took possession of 48 absentee ballot applications for electors after they were signed; and filled in elector information on at least two absentee ballot envelopes for electors. Brown was found to have unlawfully "assisted numerous absentee electors" with voter registration applications and absentee ballots. *Plea deal: 2 years probation, $158,000 fine
Pennsylvania Richard Toney M 2009-05 Democratic primary D Absentee/mail Voter intimidation/coercion Federal conspiracy 1 50 Richard Toney pleaded* guilty to violating federal election laws by soliciting absentee ballots that prosecutors say benefited his wife and her running mate. Toney was immediately sentenced to three years’ probation. Toney retired in 2013, but in 2009 was still officer-in-charge of police in Harmar Township, PA. That’s when federal prosecutors contend he solicited absentee ballots for his wife, Kim Toney, and her running mate in that year’s Democratic primary for township supervisor. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Ortiz told the judge that Toney and another man who wasn’t indicted but cooperated with authorities applied for absentee ballots, then had them filled out - often by people who shouldn’t have legally done so because they weren’t really going to be absent for the May 2009 primary. Ortiz said some voters felt compelled to go along for fear of “potential adverse consequences” because Toney was the township’s top cop. Before the absentee ballots were counted, Kim Toney and a challenger, Robert Exler, won the top two slots in the primary. After 50 absentee ballots were counted, Toney and her running mate, Jerry Chalmers, prevailed and went on to win the general election and two seats on the five-member board that runs the township. *Plea deal: 3 years probation, for 1 charge of federal conspiracy
Alabama Lizzie Mae Perry Nathaniel Gosha F 2001-09 Phenix City municipal Absentee/Mail Forgery 4 58 Lizzie Mae Perry pleaded* guilty to two felony counts of falsifying absentee ballots and two misdemeanor counts of disclosing votes, as part of a voter fraud scheme in the September 2001 Phenix City election. Perry and co-defendant Nathaniel Gosha, who she agreed to testify against, 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 absentee ballot affidavits. Perry arranged for voters to apply for absentee ballots, then had witnesses at her Russell County School District Head Start office sign affidavits for the ballots even though the applicants were not present. Perry delivered 58 of the marked ballots. *Plea deal: For each of 2 felonies - 18 months imprisonment (suspended), 30 days in jail, 18 months probation, $600 fine. For each of 2 misdemeanors - 90 days imprisonment (suspended), 30 days in jail, 60 days probation, $150 fine.
Virginia 65 Virginia felons 2008 2012-04 Registration fraud - ineligible felon 130 65 A Virginia State Police investigation of voter registration irregularities from the 2008 general election resulted in charges of making a material false statement on a voter registration form, a felony charge, against 38 convicted felons statewide who indicated on a voter registration form that he or she was not a convicted felon. Warrants have been obtained for a 39th person who can't be located. A majority of the cases resulted in convictions. 26 additional cases were still being actively investigated years after the state Board of Elections forwarded more than 400 voter and election fraud allegations from 62 cities and counties to Virginia State Police for individual investigation. A total of 194 cases statewide where police determined a violation likely occurred have been closed because the commonwealth's attorneys in those localities declined to prosecute those individuals.
California 78 Santa Clara County voters 2016-06 Primary Multiple voting 78 In Santa Clara County, 78 voters cast two or more ballots in the June 2016 Primary Election, according to Anita Torres, a spokeswoman for that county's registrar of voters, as a result of an emergency accommodation to the California Secretary of State’s office. The double voting cases were referred to Santa Clara's district attorney.
West Virginia Jerry Bowman Donald Whitten Thomas Ramey, Jr. M 2010-11 Democratic primary D Absentee/mail Illegal assistance 1 100 Former Lincoln County Sheriff Jerry Bowman pleaded* guilty to falsifying over 100 absentee ballots during the 2010 Democrat primary for voters who couldn’t legally vote absentee, and to illegally being in the same room with voters as they marked their absentee ballots and sometimes marking their ballots himself. Former Lincoln County Clerk Donald Whitten also pleaded guilty to obstructing a federal investigation into voter fraud after admitting lying to federal investigators about his role in the conspiracy. Bowman was sentenced to one year and one day in prison plus two years of supervised release and a $5,000 fine. Both Democrats agreed to resign from office and never seek office again. *Plea deal: 1 year and 1 day in federal prison, 2 years of supervised release, $5,000 fine
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
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


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