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
Connecticut Edwin Garcia (former state representative) Liz Diaz Virgen Figueroa M 1996 Democratic Hartford town committee D 1996 Absentee/Mail Registration fraud - non-citizens Illegal Assistance 86 Edwin Garcia masterminded a conspiracy to register ineligible voters to cast absentee ballots in a hotly contested town committee race that threatened his power base. Garcia and six co-workers were charged with equipping scores of ineligible voters with absentee ballots and, in many cases, helping them vote. Garcia pleaded* no contest to three felonies in exchange for no jail time and the state's agreement to drop the other 83 counts. Senior Assistant State's Attorney John M. Massameno had called the evidence against Garcia ``overwhelming.'' Garcia resigned his state office and lost his job as a Hartford police sergeant. Fellow conspirators included Liz Diaz and Virgen Figueroa, both of whom pleaded guilty. *Plea deal: 1 year of house arrest http://articles.courant.com/1997-10-18/news/9710180194_1_jail-time-jailings-for-... http://articles.courant.com/1996-12-06/news/9612060961_1_food-stamp-fraud-mr-gar...
New York Fran Knapp F 2007 Poughkeepie mayoral D 2013-07 Absentee/Mail Ballot tampering 96 Fran Knapp, former Dutchess County Democratic Elections Commissioner, pleaded* guilty to two misdemeanor charges of the unauthorized signing of a poll watcher’s certificate in 2012 and falsifying a treasurer’s report for her husband Fred Knapp’s 2007 Poughkeepsie mayoral campaign. Knapp faced 41 felony counts of misconduct by an elections official and 41 misdemeanor counts of official misconduct for allegedly changing the designated agent to receive absentee ballots of 41 individuals authorized to vote absentee in 2010. She also faced felony and misdemeanor charges for allegedly committing fraud in 2008 by falsely creating a certificate of substitution by a committee to fill vacancies. She additionally was charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of misconduct by an elections official, as well as official misconduct, for allegedly fraudulently signing a poll watcher’s certificate on behalf of Republican candidate Neil DiCarlo during a state Senate primary in September 2012. As part of a plea agreement, Westchester County Judge Barry Warhit ordered Knapp to resign by the end of December and pay a $175 fine. *Plea deal: Resign as Dutchess County Democratic Elections Commisioner, $175 fine, for 2 misdemeanor charges http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20131115/dutchess-elections-commissione... http://www.dailyfreeman.com/article/DF/20150203/NEWS/150209902
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. http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA635.html
New York Hector Ramirez Ana Cuevas M 2014 State Assembly Democrat primary D 2015-05 Absentee/mail Forgery Voter intimidation/coercion 242 Hector Ramirez, who ran for NY State Assembly in 2014, was arrested and charged with 242 counts of voter fraud for going door-to-door in his west Bronx district duping voters into letting his campaign staff vote on their behalf. Victim after victim after victim testified to the grand jury that members of the Ramirez campaign knocked on their door, including Hector Ramirez himself, and said ‘Hey, you don’t have to go to the polls for this election, just sign here,” Assistant District Attorney Pishoy Yacoub said in Bronx Supreme Court. Ramirez's staff tricked citizens in the 86th District into authorizing Ramirez aides to hand in their absentee ballots to the Board of Elections. Prosecutors found the names of Ramirez staffers in the box marked "I authorize" on dozens of the duped voters' applications for an absentee ballot, and those voters never got their ballots back. Ramirez marked down at least 35 of the ballots as votes for himself in the Democratic primary against incumbent Victor Pichardo. Campaign aide Ana Cuevas was also charged in connection with the alleged scheme. Ramirez edged out Pichardo by 11 votes in the original count — out of just over 3,517 total tallies in the largely poor district — but ended up losing by two votes after a hand recount. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/bronx-politician-hector-ramirez-bu... https://nyelectionsnews.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/bronx-da-indicts-former-assembl... http://www.scribd.com/doc/265940256/Indictment-Ramirez-Hector-Cuevas-Ana-Redacte...
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...
Virginia Ben Ellis Cooper (former mayor) Betty Bolling Don Houston Estridge Jamie Fritz Adam Brody Sharrett Belinda C. Sharrett Dennis Martin Sharrett Kevin Lee Sharrett Owen "Andy" Sharrett Owen "Dude" Sharrett Benjamin G. Surber M 2004-05 Municipal D 2006-03 Vote Buying Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 243 Ben Ellis Cooper, ex-mayor of Appalachia, was charged with 243 counts of election fraud including vote buying, absentee ballot fraud, stealing ballots, destroying ballots, illegal assistance, voting more than once. Cooper pleaded guilty to 233 felony counts, and took the Alford plea on 10 other counts, which the court treats as guilty pleas. http://www.roanoke.com/webmin/news/top-cop-mayor-indicted/article_ce4fc42f-6931-... http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/399943-virginia-fraud-cases.html http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-91.htm http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1589704/posts

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