|State||Defendant||Co-Defendants||Sex||Date||Election||D/R||Charged||Convicted||Type1||Type2||Type3||# Charges||# Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin||Description||Sentence||Source1||Source2||Source3||Source4||Source5||Follow Up|
|Wisconsin||Robert D. Monroe||M||2011 2012||Multiple||R||2014-06||Multiple voting||Absentee/Mail||Ineligible district voting||13||12||Robert D. Monroe, of Shorewood, was charged in 2014 with 13 felony counts of voter fraud and pleaded* no contest to six of them. Each is punishable by up to 18 months in prison. Monroe cast two ballots in the April 2011 Supreme Court election, two in the August 2011 recall election of state Sen. Alberta Darling, five in the 2012 recall election of Gov. Scott Walker, one illegal ballot in an August 2012 primary and two ballots in the November 2012 presidential election. In the presidential election, Monroe cast an in-person absentee ballot in Shorewood on Nov. 1 and drove a rental car to Lebanon, IN, where he showed his Indiana driver's license to vote in person on election day, Nov. 6. In January 2016, Monroe pleaded an insanity defense, blaming his mental condition for his illegally voting in multiple elections over two years.||*Plea deal:||http://wsau.com/news/articles/2014/jun/24/milwaukee-man-charged-with-voter-fraud...||http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/wisconsin_man_charged_with_voting_multipl...||http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/convicted-of-voter-fraud-shorewood-man-pursue...|
|Florida||Ernest Sinclair Johnson, Jr.||"Madison 9"||M||2010||Madison school board||2011-11||Absentee/Mail||Impersonation||Perjury||13||11||Ernest Sinclair Johnson, Jr., was charged with 11 counts of felony fraud in connection with casting votes, one count of corruptly influencing voting, and one count of perjury by false written declaration in the 2010 Madison school board election. His wife, school board candidate Abra “Tina” Hill Johnson, and seven others - the "Madison 9" - were also charged in the scheme, which involved asking voters to sign Absentee Ballot Request Forms and, without the voters’ knowledge or consent, writing an alternate address on the forms, causing the ballots to be mailed to a third party rather than directly to the voters. In 2010, Florida law required ballots to be sent to a voter’s registered address unless the voter was absent from the county, hospitalized, or temporarily unable to occupy their residence. The Johnsons retrieved the ballots, took them to the voters and waited for them to vote, and then returned the ballots to the Supervisor of Elections. In some instances, the voters were only presented with the absentee ballot signature envelope to sign and never received the actual ballot to cast their vote.||http://www.redstate.com/2011/11/01/fbi-arrests-8-in-florida-for-absentee-ballot-...||http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Madison_County_Officials_Arrested_for_Voter_Fr...||http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00028405/00592|
|Texas||Guadalupe Rios||2006||Municipal||Absentee/Mail||11||11||Guadalupe Rios pleaded* guilty to 11 counts of absentee ballot fraud for illegally possessing other voters' ballots in the 2006 municipal election (TEC 86.006).||*Plea deal: 4 years probation, 60 days house arrest, $500 fine||http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/404105-texas-ag-response.html||Starr/Brooks: 08-08-09945 CR|
|Connecticut||Barnaby Horton (former state representative)||M||2002||General||D||2003-08||Absentee/Mail||Illegal assistance||10||10||Barnaby Horton pleaded* guilty to felony absentee ballot fraud after being charged with seven felony counts of unlawful possession of another person's absentee ballot and three counts of being present, as a candidate, when absentee ballots were completed. The former state representative was charged with absentee ballot fraud after he was caught inducing elderly residents to cast absentee ballots for him.||*Plea deal: 2 years probation, $10,000 ﬁne, 1,000 hours of community service, barred from running for public office for 2 years and from ever soliciting, distributing or assisting with absentee ballots||http://articles.courant.com/2004-07-15/news/0407150839_1_absentee-ballots-shawn-...||http://articles.courant.com/2003-08-26/news/0308262194_1_ballots-felony-counts-g...||http://articles.courant.com/2003-08-26/news/0308262194_1_ballots-felony-counts-g...|
|Texas||Diana Balderas Castaneda||Francisco “Frankie” Garcia Rebecca Gonzalez Guadalupe Escamilla||F||2012-11||Donna ISD school board||D||2014-01||Vote buying (federal)||1||10||Diana Balderas Castaneda was one of three politiqueras who pleaded* guilty to federal vote-buying charges stemming from the November 2012 Donna school board election. The women gave residents cash, drugs, beer and cigarettes, which the candidates they worked for and their campaign managers would give them for that purpose, In exchange for their votes in the 2012 primary and general elections. Castaneda admitted bribing about 10 voters, and on a few occasions, she drove voters to buy drugs after they voted. Castaneda pleaded guilty to one count of vote-buying.||*Plea deal:||https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/campaign-worker-pleads-guilty-buying-votes-donna-...||http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/us/politics/texas-vote-buying-case-casts-glare...||https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-campaign-workers-charged-buying-votes-donna...|
|Florida||Abra "Tina" Hill Johnson (school board member)||"Madison 9"||F||2010||Madison school board||2011-11||Absentee/Mail||Impersonation||12||10||Abra “Tina” Hill Johnson, a candidate in the 2010 Madison school board election, was charged with 10 counts of felony fraud in connection with casting a vote, and two counts of absentee ballots and voting violations. Johnson's husband and seven others - the "Madison 9" - were also charged in the scheme, which involved asking voters to sign Absentee Ballot Request Forms and, without the voters’ knowledge or consent, writing an alternate address on the forms, causing the ballots to be mailed to a third party rather than directly to the voters. In 2010, Florida law required ballots to be sent to a voter’s registered address unless the voter was absent from the county, hospitalized, or temporarily unable to occupy their residence. The Johnsons retrieved the ballots, took them to the voters and waited for them to vote, and then returned the ballots to the Supervisor of Elections. In some instances, the voters were only presented with the absentee ballot signature envelope to sign and never received the actual ballot to cast their vote. Johnson won the election by 28 votes. She and her campaign volunteers were charged with obtaining about 45 absentee ballots without proper authorization.||http://www.redstate.com/2011/11/01/fbi-arrests-8-in-florida-for-absentee-ballot-...||http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Madison_County_Officials_Arrested_for_Voter_Fr...||http://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/UF/00/02/83/08/02004/7A.pdf||http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00028405/00592|
|Kentucky||Michael Salyers||M||2010||Breathitt County magistrate||Vote buying||10||"When it comes to vote buying, it’s an everyday thing. ... It’s pretty much like jaywalking," admited former Breathitt County magistrate candidate Michael Salyers, who is serving time in jail for buying votes in his 2010 race. Salyers was given $500 and ended up buying about 10 votes. He would meet people seeking to sell their votes in the back room of a local store. "They would go into the machine and cast their vote...They were supposed to vote for me. They would come back to me and I would pay them for going to vote. Salyers says vote buying has been so blatant that, "you used to be able to go behind the voting machine with voters, to make sure that if you bought their vote, that they would vote the way you wanted to."||60 days in jail, 6 months home detention and 120 hours of community service.||http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/25/drug-money-funds-voter-fraud-in-kentu...||https://www.fbi.gov/louisville/press-releases/2012/former-candidate-for-breathit...|
|Oregon||Leanne Lewis||F||2005-05||Multiple Voting||2||10||Leanne Lewis voted in both Columbia County and Washington County on five different occasions from 2003 to 2004. Charged with 2 counts of making false statements under election laws, a Class C felony. Treated as a Class A misdemeanor.||1 year of probation, 40 hours of community service and an $857 fine||http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/366805-oregon-prosecuted-cases-log-to-ari...|
|Texas||Jose A. Garza||M||2012-07||Democratic primary runoff||D||2015-03||Absentee/mail||Ballot tampering||10||10||Brownsville residents Jose A. Garza and Rafael Elizondo were indicted for possessing marked ballots without the consent of the voter, in violation of Section 86.006 of the Texas Election Code. Elizondo was indicted for possessing more than ten marked ballots without the consent of the voter during a 2012 primary runoff election. The charge is a third-degree felony, punishable by confinement in state jail from 180 days to two years and a fine of up to $10,000.||https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/news/releases/attorney-general-paxtons-offi...||http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_dce579c6-cdb2-11e4-ae75-97cd...|
|Texas||Russell Grant||Charles Roaches||M||2009-05||Gonzales municipal||2011-02||Absentee/mail||Voter intimidation/coercion||Ballot tampering||10||10||Russell Grant was indicted in February 2011 on 10 counts of voter fraud for providing false information on an application for early voting in the May 2009 Gonzales City Council election, along with Charles Roaches, indicted on 4 counts. Dozens of Gonzales citizens said then-candidates Grant and Roaches gave them misleading information and possibly tampered with their mail-in ballot applications. City Voting Officer Jean Collins said 83 of 102 mail-in ballot applications received listed "disability" as the reason for voting by mail. Several voters named on the applications contended they are not disabled and never voted by mail. In February 2010, Grant admitted to “voter misconduct” and agreed to resign his District 2 council seat, abstain from public office, and cooperate with authorities in the voter fraud investigation. Both Grant and Roaches entered pretrial diversion.||Pre-Trial Intervention - 2 years community supervision||http://www.gonzalesinquirer.com/news/russell-grant-given-second-chance/article_0...||http://www.gonzalesinquirer.com/news/grant-resigns-seat-from-council-makes-deal-...|
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