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 # Chargessort descending # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
New Mexico Dyon Herrera Laura Seeds M 2016-03 Espanola municipal Absentee/Mail Forgery 3 Dyon Herrera was charged with felony voter fraud in the Espanola, NM city election on March 1, 2016, for forging signatures on two absentee ballots belonging to his grandparents and one absentee ballot application. The election was decided by just two votes. The charges filed in June in Magistrate Court were dismissed July 20 without prejudice, and the AG's dismissal notice indicated criminal charges will be refiled at a later time. The District Attorney forwarded the absentee applications and voter oath documents to the State Police after hearing in-person early voting precinct judge Therisa Aguilar's account of the alleged fraud she witnessed one of Councilor Robert Seeds’s campaign volunteers commit. The alleged fraud was set in motion by Councilor Seeds’s wife, Laura Seeds, after she reportedly took a call on Herrera's cell phone from Herrera’s grandmother Leona Herrera, wanting to know if something could be done about the absentee ballots her husband LeeRoy Herrera mistook for junk mail and ripped up. Herrera was supposed to return the repaired ballots to his grandparents’ house, but Herrera returned immediately with the two absentee ballots allegedly voted and signed by his grandparents. The signatures on both of the voter oath cards were identical and very different from the ones on the absentee applications the couple reportedly submitted ahead of receiving the ballots. Under the advisement of state election officials and City Attorney Frank Coppler, the suspicious ballots were set aside and not counted. The third allegation of voter fraud also happened during early in-person voting. In that case, Laura Seeds was apparently assisting a voter, Daysi Lopez, who was also picking up absentee ballots for her four siblings. However, election officials realized one of the applications lacked a signature, which means she would not be given a ballot for the application unless it was signed. Laura Seeds and crew quickly informed Aguilar that the owner of the unsigned application was in the car. Seeds reportedly asked Dyon Herrera to go out to the car and have the owner of the application, Ben Lopez, sign the document. Herrera returned with the signed document, but it appeared to election officials that Ben Lopez wasn’t present, and the signature on that voter oath document was similar to the signatures on the oath cards reportedly belonging to Dyon Herrera’s grandparents. Voter fraud is a fourth-degree felony and if charged and convicted, Herrera could face an 18-month prison sentence on all three counts.
North Carolina Valerie Moore Ross "Toogie" Banner Carlos Hood Anita Moore Wayne Shatley F 2002-11 General R 2003-07 Vote Buying Valerie Moore reportedly paid people to vote for Republican candidates, including Gary Clark, the Republican candidate for sheriff, in the 2002 general election in Caldwell County. She pleaded guilty.
Georgia Pamela Hobbs F 2010-06 Registration fraud Accused of mishandling registration applications at nursing home. (State Elections Board Case #2008-0111; Bulloch Nursing Home) Desist order and required to complete further training.
Georgia Marion Rhodes (county commissioner) Intimidation/coercion Marion Rhodes, a county commissioner, was accused of intimidating poll workers as a result of confronting election officials about a mistake that involved rejecting a woman's absentee ballot application. The sheriff was called to respond to Rhodes' behavior, but Rhodes left voluntarily before law enforcement arrived. Cease and desist order and public reprimand
Pennsylvania Linda J. Deren F 2002-07 Linda J. Deren was charged with unlawful voting according to Pensylvania Statue 25 Section 3533. "Any person who votes or attempts to vote at any primary or election, knowing that he does not possess all the qualifications of an elector..." Pleaded guilty.
Delaware Mohamad Ali Ahmed M 2006 Mohamad Ali Ahmed was charged with tampering with public records. (New Castle County, Superior Court, Case #17-06-01-0139)
Connecticut Dolores Scalesse (petition circulator/candidate) F 2002 Petition Fraud Petition circulator/candidate Dolores Scalesse violated Sec. 9-410(c) by signing that she had witnessed all signatures on petition when she had not. $250 fine
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
Tennessee Brenda Woods (former city council member and candidate for mayor) F 2009 Municipal Voter intimidation/coercion Illegal assistance Witnesses at trial were granted immunity and testified that Woods took them to the polls at separate times to vote for her even though she knew they were felons. Convicted in 2010, but was granted a new trial and again convicted in 2014. Two years of community corrections. Prohibited from voting or running for political office.
Kentucky Christian County - Name Unknown 2003 Registration Fraud An unnamed individual was charged with fraudulent registration. Charge amended.


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