|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|
|Texas||Graciela Sanchez||Lupe Rivera Sr. Lupe Rivera Jr.||F||2013-11||Weslaco municipal||D||2015-10||Absentee/mail||4||4||Graciela Sanchez pleaded* guilty to voter fraud for possessing ballots and not providing his name and address on the carrier envelopes in the November 2013 race for Weslaco City Commission District 5. Then-incumbent City Commissioner Lupe Rivera Sr. and his son Lupe Rivera Jr. were also charged. The election was successfully contested due to fraud.||*Plea deal: 2 years probation||http://m.themonitor.com/mvtc/news/ag-files-charges-against-rivera/article_3c54d4...||http://www.krgv.com/story/32419876/former-weslaco-city-commissioner-pleads-guilt...|
|Ohio||ResponsibleOhio||Ian James Stephen Letourneau The Strategy Network||2015-08||Issue 3 referendum||2015-10||Registration fraud||Petition fraud||Forgery||ResponsibleOhio and the Strategy Network submitted petitions containing signatures of dead people, attempted to register people under fake addresses, submitted voter registration forms that were forged and completed by someone other than the registrant while working to place ResponsibleOhio’s State Issue 3 on the November 2015 ballot. Ian James and Stephen Letourneau of the Strategy Network were subpoenaed by Ohio's Secretary of State as part of the investigation into the group’s role in the suspected voter fraud. Under the subpoenas, James and Letourneau were instructed to produce documents relating to their organization’s voter registration and signature collection efforts and required to submit to a deposition by investigators. The two eventually complied with the subpoenas and the case was settled in January 2016. The state referred multiple cases of potential fraud to county rposecutors for investigation and possible legal action.||Settlement: Compliance with subpoena||http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/10/30/responsibleohio-voter-f...||http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2015/10/06/vote-fraud-probed-pot-ballot-cam...||http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/mediaCenter/2015/2015-10-06-c.aspx||http://eaglecountryonline.com/local-article/voter-fraud-allegations-in-hamilton-...|
|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||http://m.themonitor.com/mvtc/news/ag-files-charges-against-rivera/article_3c54d4...||http://valleycentral.com/news/local/after-voter-fraud-allegations-weslaco-commis...||http://www.kurv.com/one-time-longtime-weslaco-city-commissioner-avoids-jails-in-...|
|Texas||Rosa Maria Ortega||F||Multiple||R||2015-10||Non-citizen voting||In person||2||5||Rosa Maria Ortega, a non-citizen legally residing in Tarrant County, Texas, was charged with two felony counts of illegal voting. Ortega was charged for voting in person during the November 2012 general election and in the May 2014 primary runoff election in Dallas County. Ortega applied to vote in Tarrant County and acknowledged on the application form that she was not a citizen. The county rejected her application and notified her she was not qualified to vote. Five months later, she applied again and claimed she was a citizen. Ortega never did vote in Tarrant County, but investigators learned she had voted in Dallas County. Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole said records showed that Ortega had voted a total of five times. The first was in the Republican primary in 2004 and the most recent was the Republican primary runoff in May 2014. A jury found Ortega guilty of voting while not being a citizen and she was sentenced to eight years in prison.||8 years in prison||https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/news/releases/texas-ags-office-and-tarrant-...||http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Woman-Jailed-on-Charge-of-Illegal-Voting-342158...||http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/02/09/grand-prairie-woman-sentenced-to-8-years-in-p...|
|Indiana||Lowell Ross Colen||M||2015||Primary||2015-10||Absentee/Mail||Forgery||Voter intimidation/coercion||13||Lowell Ross Colen, a Rising Sun police officer, was charged with 13 felony counts of voter fraud, forgery, ghost employment, and official misconduct. Colen is accused of influencing individuals to vote in the 2015 Ohio County primary, filling out absentee applications and ballots for people not eligible to vote in the county, forging signatures on some of the applications and ballots, and submitting them to the Ohio County Clerk’s Office. Police say he was on duty and wearing his uniform while the alleged illegal activity took place.||http://www.electionlawcenter.com/tag/indiana/||http://fox59.com/2015/10/21/police-officer-arrested-in-ohio-county-on-13-felony-...|
|Indiana||Max Judson, Jr.||M||2014||Democratic primary||D||2015-09||Absentee/Mail||Illegal assistance||4||15||Max Judson, a Sullivan County Council member, was indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts of voter fraud and witness tampering in connection with the May 2014 Democratic primary election. Judson was charged with soliciting a voter to complete an absentee ballot application, knowing that the voter was ineligible to register to vote because the voter lived in another county; marking an absentee ballot so that another person voted for someone different than intended; receiving and delivering absentee ballots to voters when he was not authorized to do so; and hindering a voter from truthfully talking to an investigator about the allegations. Judson admitted to being present while at least 15 people filled out their absentee ballots and that on nearly all of these occasions, he told voters how they should vote or which bubbles to fill in on their ballots. Judson admitted that he knew his conduct was wrong, and that as a candidate he should not have been involved in the voting process. Judson defeated his primary opponent by just18 votes and was later elected to office in the general election.||http://www.electionlawcenter.com/uncategorized/indiana-democrat-faces-federal-vo...||http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_news/fed-grand-jury-indicts-sullivan-councilm...||http://www.gcdailyworld.com/story/2235456.html|
|Florida||Zakee Fur'qan (fka Leon Edward Nelson)||M||Multiple||D||2015-08||Ineligible felon voting||Registration fraud||3||6||Zakee Fur'qan illegally voted multiple times after his civil rights had been revoked because of a past felony conviction. Fur'qan, who changed his name from Leon Edward Nelson, was convicted of second-degree murder in Duval County in 1991. Fur'qan's voting history indicated that he registered as a Democrat on Sept. 2, 2004 and had voted six times since then, even though his civil rights had not been restored. He was charged with three counts ofillegally voting in 2014 and 2015. The first trial, in February 2016, ended in a hung jury.||http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2015/07/state-refers-voter-fraud-co...||http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2015-08-31/story/jacksonville-convicted-kille...||http://3o15h033zmpwracwx2i00rqx.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/...||http://floridapolitics.com/archives/202791-hung-jury-in-zakee-furqan-voter-trial...|
|Ohio||Election contest: Dennis Flores v. Ryan Horn||2015-05||Democratic primary||D||2015-07||Registration fraud||Ineligible district voting||Vote buying||The integrity of the election process was compromised during the May Democratic primary contest that saw Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores lose his re-election bid in the 2nd Ward race to challenger Ryan Horn by one vote, Flores’ attorney said during opening statements Tuesday in a trial that could overturn those results. The allegations include false registration, bribery, illegal voting, inducing illegal voting and making false signatures. Attorney Gerald Phillips told county Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski that the “substantial irregularities” don’t appear to have come from how the county Board of Elections ran the election. Instead, Phillips argued, “a number of electors unlawfully, illegally voted for Mr. Horn.” Effectively, Horn’s father, bail bondsman Tony Horn, “bought the election, he rigged the election in favor of his son,” Phillips said. On the night of the election, Flores was in the lead by a vote of 151 to 131, according to unofficial elections results, but when provisional ballots were counted, Horn pulled ahead with a total of 153 votes to 152 votes for Flores. A third candidate in the race, Joseph Smith, received a total of 100 votes… Phillips and Flores have raised questions about whether several people who cast ballots in the race actually lived where they claimed to live and whether those people claimed addresses owned by Tony Horn or his associates.||http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150707/lawyers-spar-over-lorains-wa...||http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/07/08/lorain-council-election-suit-put-o...|
|New York||Election contest: Maribel Toure v. Betty Cross||2014-05||Hempstead school board||2015-06||Absentee/mail||Voter intimidation/coercion||The Hempstead school district was ordered to hold a new election for a contested seat held by incumbent board president Betty Cross and challenged by Maribel Toure, NY State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. ruled after annulling that portion of the May 20, 2015 election. Challenger Touré accused Cross and her supporters of “fraudulent and improper activity” during the election, including “voter intimidation and voter fraud,” coercion and abuse of the absentee balloting process. Roger Tilles, who represented Long Island on the Board of Regents, said King had to throw out results for the contested seat because it was impossible to determine which of the absentee ballots cast for Cross and Touré were valid. Touré had 712 votes on election night, compared with Cross' 691. The next day, dozens of contested absentee ballots were included in the totals, putting Cross ahead by six votes, beating Touré 719 to 713.||New election ordered||http://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/king-orders-special-election-for-co...||http://www.examiner.com/article/state-orders-hempstead-school-board-race-annulle...|
|New York||Ana Cuevas||Hector Ramirez||F||2014||State Assembly Democrat primary||D||2015-05||Absentee/mail||Forgery||Voter intimidation/coercion||Ana Cuevas, a campaign aide to Hector Ramirez, who ran for NY State Assembly in 2014, was charged in connection with that campaign's absentee ballot scheme. Ramirez was arrested and charged with 242 counts of voter fraud for going door-to-door in his west Bronx district duping voters into letting his campaign staff vote on their behalf. Victim after victim after victim testified to the grand jury that members of the Ramirez campaign knocked on their door, including Hector Ramirez himself, and said ‘Hey, you don’t have to go to the polls for this election, just sign here,” Assistant District Attorney Pishoy Yacoub said in Bronx Supreme Court. Ramirez's staff tricked citizens in the 86th District into authorizing Ramirez aides to hand in their absentee ballots to the Board of Elections. Prosecutors found the names of Ramirez staffers in the box marked "I authorize" on dozens of the duped voters' applications for an absentee ballot, and those voters never got their ballots back. Ramirez marked down at least 35 of the ballots as votes for himself in the Democratic primary against incumbent Victor Pichardo. Ramirez edged out Pichardo by a 11 votes in the original count — out of just over 3,517 total tallies in the largely poor district — but ended up losing by two votes after a hand recount.||http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/bronx-politician-hector-ramirez-bu...||https://nyelectionsnews.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/bronx-da-indicts-former-assembl...||http://www.scribd.com/doc/265940256/Indictment-Ramirez-Hector-Cuevas-Ana-Redacte...|
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