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
Virginia Traci Manning Foley F 2011-12 Republican primary R 2013-07 Petition fraud Perjury Forgery 15 0 Traci Manning Foley was indicted in Martinsville on five counts each of perjury, election fraud, and uttering a forged public document. Foley worked for election contractor Stillwater LLC, which was enlisted to obtain signatures on campaign petitions for Republican candidate Newt Gingrich in Virginia's 2012 presidential primary. A number of people who signed the petitions did not live at the addresses listed. Fellow Stillwater employee Adam Ward was also charged in Martinsville, as well as by Augusta County. http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/news/local/election-fraud-charges-alleged/ar...
Alabama Aaron Evans (former Greensboro policeman) Melvin Lightening M 1995-11 Greensboro special municipal 1996-09 Absentee/Mail Impersonation Forgery 15 7 Aaron Evans, a former Greensboro policeman, was convicted in Hale County of absentee ballot voter fraud in the November 1995 Greensboro special election. Evans was found guilty of seven counts of casting illegal absentee ballots, seven counts of forging absentee ballot documents, and one count of possession of forged documents. Co-defendant Melvin Lightening was also convicted of absentee ballot fraud. Evans was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, of which 8 years were suspended. 10 years in prison (8 years suspended) http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20021020/NEWS/210200353?p=4&tc=pg http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/394032-alabama-voter-fraud.html
Arizona Gina Thi Canova Peter Canova F 2008-11 General 2011-03 Multiple Voting Ineligible district voting Registration fraud 15 1 Gina Thi Canova and her husband Peter Canova were each convicted on a misdemeanor charge of attempted illegal voting for registering and voting twice in the November 2008 general election, in both Maricopa County, Arizona and Douglas County, Nevada. In 2010, Gina Canova voted in elections in both Arizona and Nevada. The Canovas were originally charged with 15 felony counts of voter fraud including false registrations, illegal voting and filing false instruments. 300 hours community service, $13,800 fine http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2012/12/30/arizona-nabs-double-voter... http://www.azfamily.com/story/28334496/pair-arrested-for-voter-fraud
Texas Oralia Frausto Jose Rene Gomez Oscar Rios Maria Gonzalez (aka Dolores Gutierrez) F 2006-03 Democratic primary D 2006-06 Registration fraud - fake Absentee/Mail 15 15 Oralia Frausto was charged with 15 counts of absentee ballot fraud for illegally possessing other voters' ballots (TEC 86.006). Jose Rene Gomez, Oscar Rios,and Maria Gonzalez (aka Dolores Gutierrez) - Starr and Hidalgo county political operatives - were also indicted for voter fraud in a large-scale effort to submit mail-in ballots for imaginary people in 2006’s March Democratic primary election. The four were indicted by a grand jury in Brooks County on charges related to the scheme, which involved registering fake voters to vacant lots in Starr County and having mail-in ballots sent to several Hidalgo County addresses. Fausto entered pre-trial diversion. Pre-Trial Intervention: 1 year http://www.jpattitude.com/FraudDocs/FiveIndicted_StarrCountyTexas.pdf Starr/Brooks: 07-05-09738 CR
Oregon Craig Marquardo M 2005-05 Registration Fraud 15 Craig Marquardo was accused of claiming to be senior vice president of distribution for Warner Brothers on his election filing form, but could not back the claim up. Charged with 1 count of making false statements under election laws, a Class C felony, and 14 counts of indictment (dismissed). 5 days in jail, 36 months of probation, 80 hours community service, $750 fine. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/366805-oregon-prosecuted-cases-log-to-ari...
Arizona Peter Canova III Gina Thi Canova M 2008-11 General 2011-03 Multiple Voting Ineligible district voting Registration fraud - ineligible district 15 1 Peter Canova and his wife Gina Thi Canova were each convicted on a misdemeanor charge of attempted illegal voting for registering and voting twice in the November 2008 general election, in both Maricopa County, Arizona and Douglas County, Nevada. The Canovas were originally charged with 15 felony counts of voter fraud including false registrations, illegal voting and filing false instruments. 200 hours community service, $9,200 fine, 2 years unsupervised probation http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2012/12/30/arizona-nabs-double-voter... http://www.azfamily.com/story/28334496/pair-arrested-for-voter-fraud
North Dakota 15 paid petition signature gatheres, including 10 North Dakota State University football players Samuel Ojuri Joshua Colville Marcus Williams Brendin Pierre Lucas Albers Aireal Boyd Demitrius Gray Bryan Shepherd Antonio Rogers Charles Smith III Jennifer Krahn William Brown Don Carter Joshua Gatlin D.J. McNorton 2012-09 Ballot initiative 2012-09 Petition fraud Forgery 15 0 Ten football players at North Dakota State pleaded guilty to misdemeanor election fraud and were sentenced to community service for faking signatures on ballot measure petitions they were hired to collect: Samuel Ojuri, Joshua Colville, Marcus Williams, Brendin Pierre, Lucas Albers, Aireal Boyd, Demitrius Gray, Bryan Shepherd, Antonio Rogers and Charles Smith III. Without enough legitimate signatures, both proposed ballot measures were kept off the November 2012 ballot. Each player was ordered to serve 360 days of unsupervised probation, complete 50 hours of community service and pay $325 in fees. All of the sentences were deferred, meaning the crime will be expunged from a player's record if he completes the conditions of his sentence. Judge Douglas Herman said during sentencing that the defendants were "not smart enough, grown up enough or sophisticated enough" to understand the consequences of their actions. The current players are among 15 people charged in the case. Jennifer Krahn pleaded* guilty and received the same sentence as the 10 players. William Brown pleaded* not guilty and requested a public defender. Three former Bison players -- Don Carter, Joshua Gatlin and D.J. McNorton -- had their first court appearances rescheduled. An Iowa company, Terra Strategies, reportedly hired the players and others for $9 an hour to gather signatures for two citizen initiatives. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said that many of the petition signatures submitted were copied from phone books or fabricated. Quick said in court the players were quoted a daily rate of between $65 and $90 but were told they'd get paid only if they obtained 60 signatures per day. Herman questioned whether the practice was legal and criticized the quota system. *Plea deal: 360 days unsupervised probation (deferred), 50 hours of community service, $325 in fees. http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8452749/ten-north-dakota-state-bi... http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2012/10/2/3443782/north-dakota-football... https://sayanythingblog.com/entry/shocker-ndsu-football-players-guilty-of-petiti...
Mississippi William Gregory Eason Minnie Saulsberry M 2003-08 Tallahatchie County run-off 2004-04 Vote buying/selling Voter intimidation/coercion Illegal assistance 14 8 William Gregory Eason was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud and eight counts of voter fraud in the August 2003 Tallahatchie County District 5 Supervisor run-off election. Eason was charged, along with Minnie Saulsberry, of buying absentee votes with cash and beer, coercing voters, and illegal assistance. He was sentenced to two years in prison and fined $500. His conviction was upheld on appeal. 2 years in prison, $500 fine http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ms-court-of-appeals/1379480.html http://bradreeves.blogspot.com.br/2005/12/beer-for-votes-conviction-upheld.html http://courts.ms.gov/Images/Opinions/CO31333.pdf
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/
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-...

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