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 Convictedsort descending Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Ohio Roderice Cortez Lacy Deborah Ramirez Joseph Copija 2008 Petition Fraud 3 Roderice Cortez Lacy worked for a signature-gathering firm and faked signatures trying to get a measure on the ballot. Lacy was not from Ohio and therefore legally could not collect signatures. Charged with 3 counts of complicity to election falsification. Warrant was withdrawn http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20100316/elections-fraud-trial-starts http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/399202-ohio-lake-county-roderice-cortez-l...
Michigan Rita Smith F 2010 Democrat Primary OTHER Rita Smith and her son, Forrest Smith, were accused of submitting false elections paperwork in connection with the 2010 primary for a state senate seat. The goal was to inflate the unknown candidates on the ballot to benefit candidate Lamar Lemmons Jr. http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,4534,7-164--269660--,00.html
Colorado Sandra Akers F 2000 Multiple voting 1 1 Sandra Akers pleaded* guilty to one count of voting twice in 2000 and was sentenced to one year of probation and 48 hours of community service. *Plea deal: 1 year probation, 48 hours community service http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/370952-colorado-cases.html
New Mexico Idalia Lechuga-Tena (state legislator) F 2003-11 Albuquerque municipal D 2015-11 Non-citizen voting (+registration) New Mexico state legislator Rep. Idalia Lechuga-Tena admitted that she committed voter fraud, casting ballots before she became a naturalized U.S. citizen. According to the voting records obtained through the County Clerk, Lechuga-Tena first voted in an Albuquerque election in 2003 when she was 20, when she was not a citizen, and again in a 2014 Democratic primary election after becoming a citizen. Lechuga-Tena said that when she was 18, a group registered her to vote while she was at the University of New Mexico and that she didn’t know at the time that she had to be a U.S. citizen in order to vote. “I was a complete victim of the process,” she said. The case was referred to the district attorney in Bernalillo County in 2015, but the statute of limitations appeared to have expired. Lechuga-Tena also faced questions whether she actually lives within the district she represents. County records show that in 2007, Lechuga-Tena registered at an address within District 19, represented by state Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, D-Albuquerque. In December 2014 Lechuga-Tena submitted a voter registration card with a new address within House District 21, but with a mailing address the same as her previous residence. The registration card she submitted was dated December 5, almost ten days before the County Commission appointed Maez. Two months later, Lechuga-Tena filed a new registration card with an address back in House District 19. In November 2015, she submitted a registration card with the same House District 21 address. Statute of limitations expired http://nmpoliticalreport.com/19599/voting-history-of-new-rep-sent-to-da-for-poss... http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/da-reviews-newly-minted-legisla... http://nmpoliticalreport.com/19389/heres-who-wants-to-fill-the-vacancy-in-house-...
Tennessee Shirley Ward (president of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women) F 2006-03 Tipton County Commission R 2006-08 Ineligible district voting 1 Shirley Ward, the president of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women, was arrested on charges of voter fraud. She reportedly turned herself in and was accused of knowingly voting in the wrong district of the county during early voting. http://www.nashvillepost.com/home/article/20400398/gop-leader-arrested-by-tbi-fo...
North Carolina Damien Omar Sullivan M 2008 Primary, General Non-citizen voting Registration fraud - non-citizen 2 Damien Omar Sullivan, a Jamaican citizen, admitted in court that he illegally registered to vote in North Carolina in 2005, and then illegally voted in the 2008 primary and general elections. However, Judge Ken Crow dismissed all charges on the basis that Sullivan did not intend to commit fraud. Dismissed http://voterintegrityproject.com/thank-damien-sullivan/ http://voterintegrityproject.com/new-sullivan-evidence/ http://voterintegrityproject.com/dmv-illegality/

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