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 ascending Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Alabama Eugene Emerson William F. Bailey Mary Jo Ingram Eugene Emerson David Sutherland Jimmy F. Richardson Scotty D. Cole Denita Lee Idas L. Neal, Jr. M 2000-06 Republican primary R 2000-06 Vote buying Absentee/Mail Conspiracy 2 1 Eight Alabamans were convicted on federal and state charges of vote buying and absentee ballot fraud in Winston County in the June 2000 Republican primary. All eight entered guilty pleas, admitting their roles in the voter fraud conspiracy that involved using cash, beer and liquor to buy votes. Eugene Emerson pleaded* guilty to one federal count of conspiracy to commit vote buying and one state felony count of illegal absentee voting. *Plea deal/Federal: 2 years probation (6 months under electronically monitored home detention) *Plea deal/State: 1 year + 1 day in jail (suspended if federal sentence served), 3 years probation, $50 fee plus court costs, barred from holding public office
Kansas Johnson County - Names Unknown 2010 Absentee Ballot Fraud A voter received an advance ballot for which he didn't apply, and another person was accused of filling out the application. No action taken.
Idaho William Burl Clayton III M 2004 General Petition fraud William Burl Clayton III was found guilty of wrongfully signing a petition (Idaho Code 34-1814) in the 2004 general election. 2 years probation
Illinois Elizabeth Dag Um Keathley F 2006-11 General Non-citizen voting 1 Elizabeth Dag Um Keathley, a citizen of the Philippines, came to the United States in 2004 on a non-immigrant K-3 visa, illegally registered to vote when she obtained a driver’s license in Illinois, and illegally voted in the 2006 midterm congressional election. The violation was only discovered when Keathley attempted to change her immigration status.
Kentucky Sherman Neace (three-term Perry County judge-executive and candidate for magistrate) Chester Jones M 2008 General D 2009-06 Vote Buying Chester Jones and Sherman Neace, public officials, reportedly diverted $7,500 from the State Democratic Party to buy votes for themselves. Jones acquired 75 counter checks from the local bank, leaving the payee blank, and he and Neace distributed checks for $100 to buy votes. Pleaded guilty.
Indiana Michael R. Marshall Christopher Marshall John Cook M 2010 Jeffersonville mayoral D 2011-10 Absentee/Mail Forgery Perjury 48 3 Michael Marshall pleaded* guilty to three felony voter fraud charges involving the improper execution of absentee ballot applications in the 2010 Jeffersonville mayoral election after being charged with 23 counts of voter fraud and 25 counts of forgery and perjury. Marshall admitted he forged absentee ballot applications to illegally obtain the ballots. Marshall's son Christopher Marshall and John Cook were also indicted on voter fraud charges. *Plea deal: 18 months in prison (9 months suspended), $450 fees/fines
Wisconsin Jenny Wanasek Caitlin B. Hancock F 2011-11 Recall 2013-03 Petition fraud 1 0 Jenny Wanasek, a petition circulator for the 2012 recall of Gov. Walker, pleaded* guilty to a misdemeanor for accepting forged petition signatures from Caitlin Haycock, who illegally signed her parents' names. Wanasek told Haycock she would have to turn away while Haycock signed her parents' names. Wanasek was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and fined $500 as conditions of a year's probation. Haycock pleaded guilty to the same charge. *Plea deal: 1 year probation, 40 hours of community service, $500 fine
Oregon Deanna Swenson F 2012-11 General 2012-11 Absentee/mail Ballot tampering 6 2 Deanna Swenson, a temporary, part-time Clackamas County elections employee who was caught marking at least two ballots cast in the November 2012 election, pleaded* guilty to official misconduct and unlawfully altering a cast ballot. Swenson marked ballots that voters had left partially blank, according to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. A co-worker saw Swenson altering a ballot. A Clackamas County grand jury indicted her on two counts each of unlawfully altering a cast ballot, unlawfully voting more than once, and first degree official misconduct. Swenson was sentenced to 90 days in jail. *Plea deal: 90 days in jail
Florida Gladys Coego F 2016 2016-10 Absentee/Mail Gladys Coego, a temporary worker for the county elections department, was tasked with opening envelopes sent by Miami-Dade County voters with their completed mail ballots. She was arrested after co-workers caught her illegally marking ballots. Investigators linked Coego to two fraudulent votes, but suspect from witness testimony that she submitted several more.
Connecticut Loretta Sarro F Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance Loretta Sarro admitted to soliciting absentee ballot applications from Shaw's Supermarket employees and not signing her name to the applications. $500 fine


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