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/Rsort ascending Charged Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Maryland Paul Schurick M 2010 R 2011 Voter intimidation/coercion 6 Campaign manager to incumbent Republican Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich, accused of approving a misleading robocall to suppress the African-American vote in in the 2010 election, which Ehrlich ultimately lost. Charged with 3 counts conspiracy to violate election laws, 1 count election fraud, 1 count authority line violation, and 1 count obstruction of justice. Convicted of 1 count conspiracy to violate election laws, merged with other counts; convicted of 1 count election fraud and 1 count authority line violation. 1 count of conspiracy dismissed, as was obstruction of justice. 30 days home monitoring, 4 years supervised probation, and 500 hours community services. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/paul-schuricks-sentence-in-ehrl... http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-06-16/news/bs-md-henson-indictment-2011061...
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. http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2012/03/01/former-independence-party-chairwoman-sen... http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2011/July/02/Ortutay_RCGJ-02Jul11.html http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2011/December/07/Ortutay_plea-07Dec11.html
Kansas Randall Kilian M 2012-11 General R 2016-01 Multiple voting Ineligible district voting 3 1 Randall Kilian pleaded* guilty to voting without being qualified, a Class A misdemeanor, after doube voting in the 2012 general election. Kilian lived and voted in Colorado, and also cast a ballot without being lawfully registered to vote in Ellis County, Kansas in the same election. In exchange for his plea, two other misdemeanor charges were dismissed. *Plea deal: $2500 fine http://www.hdnews.net/news/local/former-hays-man-convicted-of-voter-fraud/articl... http://www.parsonssun.com/state_national/news/article_0664cb0e-0916-11e6-9eea-83... http://cjonline.com/news/2016-01-25/kris-kobach-files-new-round-voter-fraud-case...
New York Heidi Bessette Angela Gumbarevic F 2010 Democratic Primary for Sheriff D Petition Fraud 2 Heidi Bessette was accused of aiding Angela Gumbarevic, a candidate for Oneida County sheriff in 2010, with submitting false signatures in an attempt to get Gumbarevic's name on the ballot. Charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. Acquitted on all counts following trial on September 8, 2011. Acquitted http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/395975-new-york-oneida-county-response-wi... http://www.uticaod.com/x1777822957/Angela-Gumbarevic-former-Sheriff-candidate-pl...
Texas Sonia Leticia Solis F 2012-07 Democratic primary runoff D Absentee/mail Impersonation Multiple voting 5 5 Sonia Leticia Solis pleaded* guilty in federal court to committing voter fraud during the 2012 Democratic Party primary runoff in Brownsville. Solis admitted voting five times under five different names, obtaining multiple mail-in ballots by forging applications on behalf of individuals she claimed were disabled. Solis pleaded guilty to voting in the names of Samuel Pedraza, Francisco Pedraza, Cynthia Pedraza, Dannie Vargas and Issic Guerra on July 31, 2012. Solis was sentenced to six months home confinement and five years of probation. *Plea deal: 6 months home confinement, 5 years probation http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_c3d5c2b6-ba16-11e3-bdfe-0017... https://www.fbi.gov/sanantonio/press-releases/2013/woman-arrested-for-voting-mul... http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_e3fb944a-09ad-11e3-ae86-0019...
Kentucky Gary “Rooster” Risner Tami Jo Risner Larry Shepherd Mason Daniels Scott McCarty M 2014 Primary, General D Vote buying Magoffin County magistrate Gary “Rooster” Risner was convicted in federal court of conspiring to buy votes in the 2014 primary and general elections, along with his wife Tami Jo Risner and chief deputy county court clerk Larry Shepherd. Co-defendant Scotty L. McCarty pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor vote-fraud charge and gave information to authorities. Unindicted co-conspirator Charles “Doc” Hardin allegedly put up money for vote buying in multiple elections from 2008 to 2014. In 2014, Risner handled the money for the conspiracy, while his wife and Daniels recruited vote-sellers and Shepherd used his position to further the scheme, according to prosecutors. http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article94699187.html http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article95468937.html
Connecticut Emmett J. McDonough (Democratic Registrar of Voters) M D 2002 Registration Fraud Petition Fraud McDonough, the registrar of voters, was accused of violating Sec. 9-410(c) by showing favoritism and having double standards when processing primary petitions. The Commission called McDonough's actions "one of the worst transgressions of public trust it has seen by an election official." $7,500 fine and ordered to resign as the Democratic Registrar of Voters http://www.ct.gov/seec/lib/seec/agency_units/report_of_complaints_fy_02-03.pdf
Mississippi Election Contest: Ray Rosamond v. Rodriquez Brown 2013-05 Canton Democratic primary D 2013-05 Election Contest Ineligible district voting Voter intimidation The 2013 election for Ward 1 alderman in Canton was sent back to the voters after a Circuit Court judge ruled Tuesday that illegal voting and voter intimidation occurred in the May Democratic primary. Judge Forrest Johnson Jr. of Natchez said the will of the voters could not be determined through the May 7 ballot box. He ordered the election results for Ward 1 alderman be tossed and a new election called while allowing Rodriquez Brown, who won the June 4 election, to remain in office. “Whether one agrees or disagrees, the evidence I heard is disturbing to say the least,” said Johnson, who was appointed to hear the case by the Mississippi Supreme Court. “For poll workers to endure what I’ve heard is not right.” The five members of the Madison County Election Commission, who were requested to sit in on the hearing at Johnson’s request as technical advisers on elections, agreed with the judge’s ruling. Ray Rosamond filed the court challenge after losing to Brown by four votes in the Democratic primary. Johnson ruled that Kimberly Readus, a member of the Canton Democratic Municipal Executive Committee, used “profanity and bullying tactics to create a breach of the peace, intimidate voters and poll workers to disrupt the election process.” After listening to testimony from poll workers and poll watchers in the Ward 1 precinct, Johnson also found that Readus wrongly allowed voters, who should have voted by a paper affidavit ballot — which could have been challenged later — to use the electronic voting machines. In one instance, he said, “contrary to law” Readus also tore up an affidavit ballot. Johnson said that four or more of affidavit ballots — the votes of those whose names are not on the poll book — were undocumented and should not have been counted. “The court finds it clearly appears that Kimberly Readus willfully and corruptly violated election law,” Johnson said. While the judge declined to issue an arrest warrant from the bench for Readus, who no longer is a member of the municipal committee, Johnson directed the offices of the Madison County district attorney and the state attorney general to present charges against her to the next grand jury. Election consultant Pete Perry, the chairman of the Hinds County Republican Party, testified that he saw Brown campaigning inside the boundaries required by state law, challenges to absentee or affidavit votes not being accepted, and tabulations not equaling the number of votes cast. New election ordered http://hottytoddy.com/2013/08/21/big-wins-of-integrity-of-the-vote/ http://kingfish1935.blogspot.com/2013/07/judge-doesnt-monkey-around-orders.html http://thevotingnews.com/judge-tosses-results-orders-new-election-for-canton-ald...
Connecticut David Aldarondo M D Aldarondo was accused of neglecting to provide information about himself required by law, such as his signature, when assisting people with absentee ballot applications while campaigning door-to-door as a candidate for state representative in a Democratic primary. Civil penalty of $500 and ordered to comply with the law in the future.
Indiana Levones Tolbert (former East Chicago Councilman) M 2003 Democratic primary D 2005-10 Vote buying East Chicago Councilman Levones Tolbert pleaded* guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized polling place entry after being charged with offering money in exchange for votes, among other offenses. *Plea deal: 30 days probation http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/ex-councilman-pleads-guilty-to-vote-fraud/art... http://www.indianabarrister.com/archives/2005/10/lake_county_vote_fraud_sting_g....

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