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 ascending # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Ohio Darnell Nash M 2008 General 2009-06 Registration fraud Ineligible district voting 19 1 Darnell Nash ws accused of registering to vote in Cuyahoga County nine times with false names. Charged with the following felonies: 10 counts tampering with records, 8 counts false registration/improper handling of forms; 1 count illegal voting. Pleaded. (Case #CR-09-524693-A, Cuyahoga County) Jail and probation
Connecticut Christina Ayala (former state representative) F Multiple D 2014-09 Ineligible district voting Registration fraud - ineligible district 19 8 Connecticut State Rep. Christina Ayala pleaded* guilty to two criminal counts and two counts of providing a false statement after being charged with 19 counts of voter fraud: 8 counts of fraudulent voting, 10 counts of primary or enrollment violations, and 1 count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Ayala was accused of voting in local and state elections in districts where she did not live and providing fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district. Ayala represented the 128th District, elected in 2012 to replace her cousin, Andres Ayala, who was elected to the state Senate. Ayala's mother, Santa Ayala, served as Democratic Registrar of Voters. *Plea deal: 1 year in prison (suspended), barred from running for office for 2 years
Illinois Kyle R. Johnson Kevin Wiggins William Brown Trevon L. Tompkin M 2009-04 Cahokia Village municipal 2009-09 Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 18 18 Cahokia Village Trustee Kyle Johnson pleaded* guilty to 18 counts of mail ballot fraud in the 2009 Cahokia Village election. Kevin Wiggins, William Brown and Cahokia Village Trustee Trevon Tompkin also pleaded guilty in the scheme to file falsified applications for absentee ballots then illegally vote them. Charges included perjury, marking the absentee ballots of other people, soliciting others to apply for absentee ballots, falsifying applications for absentee ballots, unlawfully observing voting and mutilating election materials. *Plea deal: 5 years probation, 14 days in county jail, 200 hours community service, barred from running for public office while on probation
Florida Jada Woods Williams (Madison County Supervisor of Elections) "Madison 9" F 2010 Madison school board 2011-11 Absentee/Mail 17 Jada Woods Williams, Madison County Supervisor of Elections, was charged with 17 misdemeanor counts of neglect of duty and corrupt practices for allowing the illegal distribution of absentee ballots in the "Madison 9" case, in which 2010 Madison school board candidate Abra “Tina” Hill Johnson, her husband, and six others were also charged in a scheme to illegally request and return absentee ballots. Williams, who was suspended from office by the Governor when charges were filed in November 2011, mailed 80 absentee ballots to nine different addresses other than those on file for voters, and elections employees gave more than two absentee ballots to a nonrelative of a voter, in violation of state law. The election was decided by just 28 votes. Charges against Williams were dismissed due to lack of evidence of "willful" neglect or intent to commit fraud. Dismissed 2013. Suspended from office by Governor 11-1-2011.
New York Debra Ortutay (former Independence Republican Party Chairwoman) F R 2011-06 Petition Fraud 17 Debra Ortutay was accused of lying to a grand jury about signatures on a petition. She testified to the validity of 12 signatures on a petition, later defending the signatures in a legal challenge. Ortutay had not witnessed the signatures. She pleaded guilty to 1 count of first degree perjury, a Class D felony; 1 count of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a Class D felony; 1 count of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a Class E felony; and 1 count of misconduct in relation to petitions, a Class A misdemeanor. 4 months in jail and 5 years of probation.
Illinois Maria Azada F Primary, General 2011-03 Non-citizen voting Registration fraud - ineligible non-citizen 17 9 Maria Azada, an illegal alien from the Philippines, was found guilty of 17 felony counts related to voter fraud in Lake County, including perjury, mutilation of election materials, and tampering with voting machines in connection with illegal voting by a non-U.S. citizen. In February 2009, Azada admitted to a USCIS officer during an interview for an immigration benefit that she had voted in an election. An investigation revealed that Azada voted nine times in primary, general and consolidated elections between 2003 and 2009. Azada falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen on two Illinois voter registration applications. 120 days in prison,100 hours community service, $2916 fine, subject to deportation 3/8/16 - Emailed asking for correct summary of sentence. NEED TO CALL COURT CLERK AND ASK WAS "COND DISCHARGE SPEC CONDITION" MEANS.
Texas Guadalupe "Lupe" Rivera Sr. Lupe Rivera Jr. Graciela Sanchez M 2013-11 Weslaco municipal D 2015-10 Absentee/mail Ineligible district voting Illegal assistance 16 16 Weslaco City Commissioner Guadalupe "Lupe" Rivera was charged with 16 counts of misdemeanor voter fraud related to the November 2013 race for City Commission District 5. Rivera pleaded* guilty to one count of unlawful assistance to a voter, a Class A misdemeanor. In exchange for the plea, the other 15 charges were dropped: six counts of method of returning marked ballot (fewer than 10 ballots), a Class B misdemeanor; six counts of carrier envelope action by person other than voter, a Class B misdemeanor; and three counts of assisting voter violation, a Class A misdemeanor. Rivera was re-elected in 2013 by just 16 votes over challenger Leticia "Letty" Lopez, who contested the election alleging voter fraud. Questionable voter registrations - including 23 people who listed the same single-family on registration forms - and allegations about mail-in ballots emerged at trial. A judge ordered a new election, which Lopez won in 2015. Also charged were Rivera’s son, Lupe Rivera Jr., and Graciela Sanchez. *Plea deal: 1 year probation, $500 fine
Oregon John Kenneth Cunningham Jr. M 2004-11 Petition Fraud 16 John Kenneth Cunningham Jr. submitted forged signatures on an initiative petition. Charged with two counts of making false statements under election laws, a Class C felony. Found guilty. The remaining 14 counts of the indictment were dismissed. 10 days in jail, 36 months of probation, 40 hours of community service, a $1,500 fine and a $107 unitary assessment
Florida Cardel Bailey M 2009 Registration fraud 16 Cardel Bailey was accused of filing multiple voter registration applications with fictitious names and as the same individuals and registering ACORN canvassers to vote multiple times while working on an ACORN voter drive. Charges: 8 counts of false swearing in connection with voting or elections and 8 counts of submission of false voter registration information.
California Richard Alarcon (former Los Angeles City Councilman) Flora Montes de Oca M 2007 Municipal D 2010-08 Ineligible district voting Registration fraud 16 1 Richard Alarcon was convicted on three counts of voter fraud and one count of perjury for illegally claiming, along with his wife, to have lived at 14451 Nordhoff St. in Panorama City during his run for City Council in 2007 and his bid for re-election in 2009. During the summer of 2007, Alarcon unsuccessfully tried to have the 7th District boundaries redrawn to include his wife’s Sun Valley home, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. 120 days in county jail, 600 hours community service, 5 years probation, barred from holding public office


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