True the Vote Election Crimes Database

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State Defendant Co-Defendants Sex Date Election D/R Charged Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3sort ascending Source4 Source5 Follow Up
New Jersey John Fernandez Samuel Gonzalez (husband of Teresa Ruiz) John Fernandez Gianine Narvaez Edwin Cruz Jonathon Kowalski Antonio Santana Joaquin Caceres Angel Colon Sorinette Rosario 2007-11 General Assembly/State Senate (state Sen. Teresa Ruiz) D Absentee/mail Impersonation Forgery John Fernandez, 61, of Belleville, was found guilty by a Mercer County jury of submitting ballots on behalf of voters in the Nov. 6, 2007, general election without their knowledge. The jury convicted him of conspiracy, election fraud, absentee ballot fraud, tampering with public records or information and forgery. He helped collect ballots on behalf of Teresa Ruiz, who won the election and still serves in the Senate. Fernandez, who worked for the Essex County Department of Economic Development, was sentenced to five years in state prison, ordered to forfeit his job, and permanently barred from public employment in the state. 5 years in state prison, ordered to forfeit his county job and permanently barred from public employment in the state. http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/12/man_charged_in_essex_county_vo.html http://www.northjersey.com/news/belleville-s-fernandez-found-guilty-of-election-... http://www.theobserver.com/2013/01/five-year-sentence-in-voter-fraud-trenton-the...
Michigan Jason Bauer (former Democratic Operations Director) Michael McGuinness M 2010-11 D OTHER 9 Jason Bauer and Michael McGuinness were two Oakland County Democrats who pleaded no contest to charges related to putting fake Tea Party candidates on the Nov. 2010 election in an attempt to dilute the Republican ballot. Bauer pleaded no contest to five felonies. 1 year probation and more than $2,500 in fines and court costs http://www.theoaklandpress.com/article/OP/20111121/NEWS/311219932 https://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/16300 http://www.theoaklandpress.com/article/OP/20111207/NEWS/312079935
Texas Jose Picasso Salvador Vela 2010-05 Alton municipal Registration fraud Ineligible district voting Leading up to the 2010 Alton city election, 23 voters registered their residency at mayoral candidate Jose Picasso’s home on North Eagle Pass Street. In December 2012 two women were charged with illegal voting for falsely listing Picasso’s home as their residence to vote in the 2010 Alton election. Both were convicted. The city, which ran the 2010 election, found more than three dozen suspicious votes. Two candidates, Salvador Vela and Picasso, had 10 and 24 registered voters respectively at their homes. http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/former-alton-police-chief-commissioner-tied... http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/mission-woman-pleads-guilty-to-illegal-voti... http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/women-arrested-accused-of-illegal-voting/ar...
Texas Martha Estella Rodriguez Jose Picasso F 2010-05 Alton municipal 2012-12 Ineligible district voting Registration fraud 1 1 Martha Estella Rodriguez, of Mission, pleaded* guilty to knowingly voting in an election for which she was ineligible to cast a ballot, a second-degree felony, in connection to a case involving dozens of people flagged by the City of Alton for voting discrepancies in its May 2010 election. Rodriguez was one of at least 23 people who changed their registration to an address on North Eagle Pass Street belonging to Alton mayoral candidate Jose Picasso in the two months leading up to the election. Rodriguez was given community supervision for two years, one day in jail and a $500 fine in the 398th state District Court. *Plea deal: 1 day in jail, 2 years' community supervision, $500 fine http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/mission-woman-pleads-guilty-to-illegal-voti... http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/women-arrested-accused-of-illegal-voting/ar... http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/former-alton-police-chief-commissioner-tied...
Texas Election contest: Letty Lopez v. Lupe Rivera 2013-11 Weslaco municipal D Election contest Ineligible district voting Absentee/mail 30 Letty Lopez successfully contested the November 2013 Weslaco City Commission election results after a year-and-a-half-long legal dispute with incumbent Lupe Rivera. A judge determined that at least 30 votes were illegally cast in the race, which was decided by just 16 votes in favor of Rivera. The illegal votes included multiple voters registered and voting where they didn't reside (including at Rivera's sister's home) and mail ballots requested and completed without voters' knowledge. New election ordered - outcome changed/Lopez won http://www.themonitor.com/mvtc/news/lupe-rivera-letty-lopez-on-nov-election-ball... http://m.themonitor.com/mvtc/news/th-court-of-appeals-affirms-decision-to-hold-n... http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/depositions-from-voters-show-flexible-resid... http://www1.krgv.com/files/trial-brief-leticia-lopez-web.pdf
Michigan Mohammed Russell Armani Asad, Salim Ahmed M 2013-08 Hamtramck municipal primary 2013-09 Absentee/Mail 6 6 Mohammed Russell, Salim Ahmed, and Armani Asad were charged with a total of 41 counts of felony voter fraud for illegally possessing and returning 48 absentee ballots during Hamtramck's August 2013 primary election. It is a felony to possess or return absentee ballots unless you are the person voting, the voter's family member, a mail carrier, or an authorized official. Russell was charged with six counts, each of which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/6461/hamtramck_city_council_candidate_ch... http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/09/three_charged_with_election_... http://www.thehamtramckreview.com/three-face-felonies-for-ballot-delivery/
Michigan Armani Asad (Hamtramck city council candidate) Salim Ahmed, Mohammed Russell M 2013-08 Hamtramck municipal primary 2013-09 Absentee/Mail 14 14 Armani Asad, Salim Ahmed, and Mohammed Russell were charged with a total of 41 counts of felony voter fraud for illegally possessing and returning 48 absentee ballots during Hamtramck's August 2013 primary election. It is a felony to possess or return absentee ballots unless you are the person voting, the voter's family member, a mail carrier, or an authorized official. Asad was charged with 14 counts, each of which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/6461/hamtramck_city_council_candidate_ch... http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/09/three_charged_with_election_... http://www.thehamtramckreview.com/three-face-felonies-for-ballot-delivery/
Michigan Salim Ahmed Armani Asad, Mohammed Russell M 2013-08 Hamtramck municipal primary 2013-09 Absentee/Mail 21 21 Salim Ahmed, Armani Asad, and Mohammed Russell were charged with a total of 41 counts of felony voter fraud for illegally possessing and returning 48 absentee ballots during Hamtramck's August 2013 primary election. It is a felony to possess or return absentee ballots unless you are the person voting, the voter's family member, a mail carrier, or an authorized official. Ahmed was charged with 21 counts, each of the charges carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/6461/hamtramck_city_council_candidate_ch... http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/09/three_charged_with_election_... http://www.thehamtramckreview.com/three-face-felonies-for-ballot-delivery/
Minnesota Barbara Ann Nyhammer F 2008-11 General 2010-12 impersonation Absentee/Mail Multiple voting 3 1 Barbara Ann Nyhammer was charged with three felony counts of voter fraud in the 2008 general election: voting more than once in the same election, signing a false absentee ballot certificate, and false statement in an absentee ballot application.  Nyhammer admitted she completed, signed and submitted an absentee ballot for her daughter. Nyhammer voted for herself in person on Nov. 4 in Andover; her daughter also voted in person in Mankato.  Nyhammer accepted a plea* to the charge of signing a false absentee certificate in exchange for deferred adjudication; the other two charges were dismissed, as was the third charge once Nyhammer completed her sentence of one year of probation and $200 in costs. Her daughter, who said she ʺforgot she had already voted via the absentee ballot," was not charged. *Plea deal: Deferred adjudication - 1 year probation, $200 court costs http://www.theuptake.org/core/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Barbara-Ann-Nyhammer-Co... http://archives.ecmpublishers.com/2011/02/12/andover-woman-charged-for-2008-vote... http://www.startribune.com/proponents-of-voter-id-get-their-exhibit-a/141694543/
Indiana Dustin Blythe M 2008 Democratic primary D 2012-04 Petition fraud Forgery 10 0 Dustin Blythe was convicted on nine counts of felony forgery and one count of felony falsifying a petition. Charges were filed against four St. Joseph County Democratic officials and deputies as part of a multiple-felony case involving the forging of Democratic presidential primary petitions in the 2008 election, which put then-candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Indiana ballot. The officials were accused of taking part in a scheme to fake signatures and names on the primary petitions needed to run for president. The plan was hatched by local Democratic Party officials inside the local party headquarters. Blythe, then a Board of Elections employee, was accused of forging multiple pages of the Obama petitions. Page after page of the petitions were clearly in the same handwriting, but the petitions sailed through the Board of Elections without any problems, "because election workers in charge of verifying their validity were the same people faking the signatures." Prosecutors said that nine of the Obama petition pages were apparently forged. Each petition contains up to 10 names, making a possible total of 90 faked names, which could have brought the Obama total below the legal limit that was required for him to qualify for the ballot. 1 year community corrections, probation (In August 2014, an appeals court dismissed all but one count of forgery and sent case back to lower court for resentencing) http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/17/indiana-dem-official-sentenced-to-pri... http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/26/officials-found-guilty-in-obama-clint... http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/appeals-court-reverses-convictions-in-ballo... http://articles.southbendtribune.com/2013-04-25/news/38825647_1_morgan-and-blyth...

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