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 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Marginsort descending Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Mississippi Jasper Buggs, Sr. M 2007 Democratic primary, Runoff Vote Buying 3 Jasper Buggs, Sr. was charged with 1 count of voter fraud and 2 counts of bribery in a vote buying scheme. Pleaded guilty to two counts and one was dismissed. (Case #BK2008-005, Circuit Court, Benton County) 5 years, with first year under house arrest and 4 years post-release supervision. Pay $3,522.50
New Hampshire Stephanie Marie Murphy-Mejia F 2008-11 General Registration Fraud Ineligible district voting The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office investigated Stephanie Marie Murphy-Mejia because she reportedly registered and voted for the first time on Election Day without photo identification, and the United States Post Office returned a verification letter sent to her address as undeliverable. Her identity was later verified, according to a New Hampshire Attorney General's Office investigation. Murphy-Mejia was not charged.
Washington Sean Kelley-Clarke 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.
Massachusetts Stephen "Stat" Smith (State Rep.) M Multiple D Absentee/Mail Impersonation-eligible + ineligible Ineligible voting 2 Massachusetts State Rep. Stephen “Stat” Smith (D-Everett) pleaded* guilty to federal voter fraud charges - two misdemeanor counts of deprivation of rights under color of law - stemming from an absentee ballot scheme in 2009 and 2010. U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said the plea agreement calls for Smith to resign by Jan. 1, 2013, and not to seek office again for five years.  “Over the last two years, the FBI methodically uncovered a voter fraud scheme designed to strip Massachusetts voters of their right to a fair election,” said the FBI’s Richard DesLauriers. “Rep. Smith, who was a member of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Election Laws, embarked on a scheme that he knew violated the ideals of our nation.”  Ortiz said Smith committed infractions “in multiple elections in 2009 and 2010.”  Prosecutors said Smith filed absentee ballots from voters who were “ineligible or otherwise unaware of ballots being cast in their names” in his races. Smith obtained absentee ballots for ineligible voters, who would unlawfully cast them, or he cast himself, prosecutors said. In some cases, he obtained absentee ballots for registered voters who did not know that he was voting in their names. *Plea deal: 4 months in prison, resign and not seek office for 5 years; in exchange for for guilty plea to two federal misdemeanor counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.
Kentucky Robert L. Madon (former mayor of Pineville, KY) Brent Madon (son of Robert Madon, former mayor of Pineville, KY) M 2006 Mayoral Vote Buying Robert L. Madon, who served as mayor for 18 years, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to buy votes that helped him win the 2006 mayoral election. Madon admitted he conspired with his son, Brent Madon, to pay cash to Pineville residents to cast absentee votes.
Texas David Woodson M Voter intimidation/coercion David Woodsen was charged with official oppression and retaliation against a voter. No additional information available.
California Eloise Garcia-Mohsin (former city council candidate) F 2010 2010-09 9 Eloise Garcia-Mohsin used the address of another person to run for city council in Palm Springs, California while she lived in Arizona. She was charged with 2 counts of voter fraud, 3 counts of perjury and 4 counts of falsely filing election documents. Pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. 3 years probation, 180 hours community service and disqualified from seeking or holding public office during probationary period.
Virginia Adam Brody Sharrett Betty Bolling Ben Ellis Cooper Don Houston Estridge Jamie Fritz Belinda C. Sharrett Dennis Martin Sharrett Kevin Lee Sharrett Owen "Andy" Sharrett Owen "Dude" Sharrett Benjamin G. Surber M 2004-05 Municipal D 2006-03 Absentee/Mail Adam Brody Sharrett was involved with a group of 14 individuals in Wise County charged with a total of 269 alleged violations of conspiracy, tampering with absentee ballots and forgery. Pleaded guilty January 2007.
Ohio Joseph Copija Deborah Ramirez Roderice Cortez Lacy Joseph Copija M 2009-04 Petition Fraud 6 Joseph Copija worked for a signature-gathering firm and faked signatures trying to get a measure on the ballot. Indicted by a grand jury in April 2009 on 3 counts of election falsification, 2 counts of complicity to election falsification and 1 count of complicity to prohibitions relating to petitions. After the indictment, he fled to California where he was later found and returned to Ohio to face the charges in December 2010. Pleaded guilty to 1 count election falsification and 1 count of complicity to election falsification. Other counts dropped. (Case #09-CR-00368, Lake County) 6 months in prison. Could be placed on post-release control for up to 3 years.
West Virginia Glen Dale “Hound Dog” Adkins (former Logan County Clerk) M Vote Buying Glen Dale “Hound Dog” Adkins was indicted with others for a conspiracy to control county government in Lincoln County by buying votes, keeping some supporters’ property taxes low, controlling county and state government jobs and rewarding supporters by ensuring their roads were repaired. Admitted that he sold his vote in 1996 for $500. Charged with accepting money for voting. Pleaded guilty.


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