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 Chargedsort descending Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Georgia Dorothy Gilreath Carleton Vines Albert Palmour Steve Chappelear Sidney Johnson Lois Reed Anthony Sparks F 2006 General Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance Carleton Vines and his accomplices (Albert Palmour, Dorothy Gilreath, Steve Chappelear, Sidney Johnson, Lois Reed, and Anthony Sparks) ran an absentee ballot fraud operation designed to rig the 2006 election in which Vines won election as a State Court Judge. Vines’s co-conspirators acted as “runners,” illegally “assisting” voters in filling out their absentee ballots. In many cases, ballots were transported by the conspirators to Vines’s law office before being subsequently mailed. The group signed a consent decree with the state board of election, acknowleding their actions and accepting a public reprimand. Ordered to cease and desist from further violations of the Election Code, publicly reprimanded.
Iowa Albert Arnaz Meeks Jr. M 2008 General Ineligible felon voting 1 1 Albert Arnaz Meeks Jr. pleaded* guilty to voting in the 2008 election despite being a convicted felon who had not had his voting rights restored. *Plea deal: 5 years in prison (suspended), 5 years probation
Connecticut Karen Salisbury F Impersonation Registration Fraud A complaint was raised that Karen Salisbury might have fraudulently used her dead husband's name to register to vote. No further action taken on complaint.
Tennessee Sharon Otey F Registration Fraud 3 Sharon Otey was charged with two counts of illegal registration or voting and one count of false entry. Dismissed due to death of defendant. Dismissed due to death of defendant.
Washington Jay Leeberg M 1 Records received from Snohomish County Washington did not indicate the specific accusation. From a list of almost 200 voter fraud cases that occurred since June 2007, only one person was charged. According to the prosecutor's office, the remainder of the cases were not prosecuted and no records were kept on the type of specific charge for the unprosecuted cases.
Washington Thomas Kvinge M Thomas Kvinge was suspected of being an "unqualified person voting", but there was insufficient evidence to pursue.
Texas Josefina Marinas Suarez F 2005-05 School board Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 1 1 Josefina Suarez pleaded* guilty to one count of absentee ballot fraud (TEC 86.006) in the 2005 school election. *Plea deal: 1 year deferred adjudication, 12 months community supervision, $500 fine Nueces: 05-CR-9807-1
North Carolina Nicholas Marquis Dalton M 2008-11 Ineligible felon voting Nicholas Marquis Dalton was charged with voting by a convicted felon whose rights had not been restored. The case was dismissed May 11, 2009, because the state could not establish criminal intent beyond a reasonable doubt. Dismissed
New Hampshire Lorin C. Schneider Jr. M 2008-11 2012-01 2012-11 General, Primary D Ineligible district voting 3 3 Lorin C. Schneider Jr., who lives in Carver, Mass., pleaded* guilty in Hillsborough County Superior Court, Northern District, to one felony and two misdemeanor charges of wrongful voting in violation of state law. Schneider illegally voted in the Ward 9 polling place in Manchester on Nov. 6, 2012, during the presidential election; in the 2012 presidential primary election, when he took a Democratic ballot; and in Ward 9 during the 2008 presidential election. By law, a voter may only vote in the town, ward or unincorporated place in which he or she is domiciled. Schneider was given a 1-to 3-year state prison sentence, all suspended for five years on the condition of good behavior. He also must pay a $5,000 fine, plus a 24% penalty assessment, and loses his right to vote in New Hampshire, even if he is qualified, pursuant to the state constitution. Assistant Attorney General Stephen G. LaBonte said Schneider voted only in New Hampshire in presidential election years -- and not in Massachusetts -- and did not vote here in mid-term elections. Authorities said someone recognized Schneider and knew he had moved away from Manchester more than 20 years ago. The city clerk's office provided investigators with documentation showing he was registered to vote in Ward 9 and that his name was crossed on the voter checklist on election day. He was registered as a Democrat, with an address of 58 Brunelle Ave. attached to his name on city voter registration records. *Plea deal: 1-to 3-year state prison sentence (suspended ), $5,000 fine plus a 24% penalty assessment, loss of right to vote in New Hampshire.
Florida Jeffrey Garcia M 2012-08 Democratic primary D Absentee/Mail Jeffrey Garcia pleaded* guilty to one felony charge and three misdemeanor charges after admitting he illegally requested hundreds of absentee ballots while he was running the 2012 primary campaign of Democrat Rep. Joe Garcia. Garcia was involved in a sophisticated scheme to manipulate primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests. He also worked on the campaign of Democrat Patrick Murphy of Jupiter, who unseated Republican congressman Allen West. A Herald investigation found that hundreds of 2,552 fraudulent requests for the August 14 primaries originated from Internet Protocol addresses in Miami. The targeted voters in the online scheme were selected because they were registered but infrequent voters. Filling out the request form and sending the ballots directly to them or manipulating their ballots in another capacity are both felonies and were the apparent goals of the plot. *Plea Deal: 90 days in jail, 18months probation including 90 days of house arrest


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