True the Vote Election Crimes Database

A nationwide compilation of election crimes prosecutions

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State Defendant Co-Defendants Sexsort descending Date Election D/R Charged Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Mississippi Jerry Lyles Jr. M 2004-03 Registration Fraud 3 Lyles was accused of knowingly registering a convicted felon, as well as two people who gave false addresses. Lyles was indicted on 3 counts false registration. Pleaded guilty to count 2; other counts moved to inactive files and dismissed if defendant met certain conditions. (Case #04-KR-0075-J, Adams County) 1 year of "good behavior", $2,500 fine from county and $3,000 fine from Attorney General. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/399970-mississippi-adams-county-circuit-c...
Oregon James Gurga M 2001-11 Petition Fraud James Gurga admitted to fraud involving initiative petitions. He gathered signatures for five different initiative petitions, but misled voters about their content and effect, forged signatures, gathered signatures from non-voters, and duplicated signatures. Charged with signature fraud. Pleaded guilty. 2 years of probation, community service, and was barred from gathering signatures during probation. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/366805-oregon-prosecuted-cases-log-to-ari...
Rhode Island Robert Costa M 2004 Primary Ineligible district voting 1 Keith and Robert Costa, father and son, were each charged with one count of fraudulent voting when they allegedly did not use their actual address when they voted in a primary. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/368319-rhode-island-2nd-response.html
Mississippi James Bullock M 2007 Democratic primary, Runoff Vote Buying 5 James Bullock was charged with 5 counts of voter fraud in a vote buying scheme. Pleaded guilty. (Case #BK2008-008, Circuit Court, Benton County) 5 years, with first year under house arrest and 4 years post-release supervision. Pay $2,322.50. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/394430-mississippi-benton-county-cases-fo... http://djournal.com/news/benton-county-voter-fraud/
Texas Rolando Medrano Frank Medrano III Racquel Medrano Ricardo Medrano Sr. Sylvia Medrano Robert Edward Medrano Carlos Medrano M 2010-03 Democratic primary D 2011-09 Perjury 6 Rolando Medrano pleaded* guilty to two counts of aggravated perjury after being charged with six counts of perjury related to a voter fraud scheme in the 2010 Democratic primary involving six members of the Medrano family, one of Dallas County’s most influential Democratic families, and another associate, who were all indicted in the case. Carlos Medrano was found guilty of illegal voting. *Plea deal: 45 days in jail, 4 years community supervision, $5000 fine, $219 court costs Dallas/Rockwall: 2-11-416
Massachusetts Mark Evangelous M, 2011-10 Marlborough municipal 2012-01 Absentee/Mail Impersonation-deceased Forgery 3 0 Mark Evangelous, a candidate for councilor-at-large in the 2011 Marlborough city election, was indicted in February 2012 on voter fraud charges for submitting a fraudulent absentee ballot application in the name of a deceased voter. A grand jury returned a “true bill” indicting Evangelous, age 51, with charges of forgery, uttering and violating absentee voting laws. He has also been charged with lying to the police during an investigation of the allegations. The charges relate to a fraudulent absentee ballot application that was submitted to the City Clerk's office by Evangelous, on the Friday before the November 1, 2011 election, for a person he said was his aunt. The clerk's office subsequently determined the woman was deceased.  In November 2012, after Evangelous admitted to sufficient facts, a Middlesex Superior Court judge continued the case without a finding, placing Evangelous on probation for a year and assigning 200 hours of community service, after which the forgery and uttering charges would be dismissed.  *Plea deal:1 year probation plus 200 hours community service, for forgery, uttering a false document and violating absentee voting laws (forgery and uttering to be dropped on completion of sentence). https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2012/02/16/marlborough-city-council-candidate-... http://middlesexda.com/news/press-release.php?reference=529 http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20121005/News/310059325

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