|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|
|Colorado||Sandra Akers||F||2000||Multiple voting||1||1||Sandra Akers pleaded* guilty to one count of voting twice in 2000 and was sentenced to one year of probation and 48 hours of community service.||*Plea deal: 1 year probation, 48 hours community service||http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/370952-colorado-cases.html|
|New Mexico||Idalia Lechuga-Tena (state legislator)||F||2003-11||Albuquerque municipal||D||2015-11||Non-citizen voting (+registration)||New Mexico state legislator Rep. Idalia Lechuga-Tena admitted that she committed voter fraud, casting ballots before she became a naturalized U.S. citizen. According to the voting records obtained through the County Clerk, Lechuga-Tena first voted in an Albuquerque election in 2003 when she was 20, when she was not a citizen, and again in a 2014 Democratic primary election after becoming a citizen. Lechuga-Tena said that when she was 18, a group registered her to vote while she was at the University of New Mexico and that she didn’t know at the time that she had to be a U.S. citizen in order to vote. “I was a complete victim of the process,” she said. The case was referred to the district attorney in Bernalillo County in 2015, but the statute of limitations appeared to have expired. Lechuga-Tena also faced questions whether she actually lives within the district she represents. County records show that in 2007, Lechuga-Tena registered at an address within District 19, represented by state Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, D-Albuquerque. In December 2014 Lechuga-Tena submitted a voter registration card with a new address within House District 21, but with a mailing address the same as her previous residence. The registration card she submitted was dated December 5, almost ten days before the County Commission appointed Maez. Two months later, Lechuga-Tena filed a new registration card with an address back in House District 19. In November 2015, she submitted a registration card with the same House District 21 address.||Statute of limitations expired||http://nmpoliticalreport.com/19599/voting-history-of-new-rep-sent-to-da-for-poss...||http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/da-reviews-newly-minted-legisla...||http://nmpoliticalreport.com/19389/heres-who-wants-to-fill-the-vacancy-in-house-...|
|Tennessee||Shirley Ward (president of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women)||F||2006-03||Tipton County Commission||R||2006-08||Ineligible district voting||1||Shirley Ward, the president of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women, was arrested on charges of voter fraud. She reportedly turned herself in and was accused of knowingly voting in the wrong district of the county during early voting.||http://www.nashvillepost.com/home/article/20400398/gop-leader-arrested-by-tbi-fo...|
|North Carolina||Damien Omar Sullivan||M||2008||Primary, General||Non-citizen voting||Registration fraud - non-citizen||2||Damien Omar Sullivan, a Jamaican citizen, admitted in court that he illegally registered to vote in North Carolina in 2005, and then illegally voted in the 2008 primary and general elections. However, Judge Ken Crow dismissed all charges on the basis that Sullivan did not intend to commit fraud.||Dismissed||http://voterintegrityproject.com/thank-damien-sullivan/||http://voterintegrityproject.com/new-sullivan-evidence/||http://voterintegrityproject.com/dmv-illegality/|
|Connecticut||Shirley Surgeon (Democratic registrar and candidate)||F||2008-08||Municipal Democratic Primary||D||Absentee Ballot Fraud||OTHER||Shirley Surgeon, the incumbent Hartford democratic registrar of voters who lost to the complainant in a primary, was accused of failing to forthwith file completed absentee ballot applications. In a separate complaint, she was accused of breaking procedures for training poll workers while acting as the registrar.||Dismissed||http://seec.ct.gov/e2casebase/data/fd/FD_2008_092.pdf|
|Florida||Judy Ann Crumitie||"Madison 9"||F||2010||Madison school board||2011-11||Absentee/Mail||5||4||Judy Ann Crumitie, one of the "Madison 9," was charged with four counts of felony fraud in connection with casting a vote, and one count of providing a false report to law enforcement authorities, as part of a scheme to illegally request, distribute, and collect absentee ballots in the 2010 Madison school board election. Charges against Crumitie were dismissed.||Dismissed||http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Madison_County_Officials_Arrested_for_Voter_Fr...|
|North Carolina||Rhonda Williams||Flake Huggins Willie Williams Jr. Christopher Williams||F||2011-11||Statesville municipal runoff||Illegal voting||1||1||Three family members of Statesville Ward 6 City Councilman Flake Huggins – sister Rhonda Williams, brother-in-law Willie Williams Jr. and nephew Christopher Williams – were indicted for one count each of illegally voting in the November 2011 runoff election. Christopher Williams also faces an obstruction of justice charge. All of these charges are felonies. According to North Carolina General Statute 15A-1340.17, Class H and Class I felony convictions carry minimum prison sentences of three and four months respectively.||http://www.statesville.com/news/council-members-standing-by-huggins/article_6910...|
|Texas||Francisco "Frankie" Garcia||Rebecca Gonzalez Diana Balderas Castaneda Guadalupe Escamilla||M||2012-11||Donna ISD school board||D||2014-09||In person||Vote buying||3||3||Francisco "Frankie" Garcia was indicted on federal on conspiracy and voter fraud charges for trading cash and cocaine for votes in the November 2012 Donna school board elections. Voters were paid either a “dime bag” of cocaine or $10 per vote. Garcia paid three voters by dropping $30 into the car in which they were seated, through an open car window, after they voted. Garcia was the campaign manager for candidates in the 2012 school board race and instructed at least five "politiqueras" or campaign workers to pay cash or cocaine for votes. Three campaign workers – Rebecca Gonzalez and Diana Balderas Castaneda of Donna, Texas, and Guadalupe Escamilla, of Weslaco, Texas – previously pleaded guilty to vote-buying charges stemming from this election.||https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/campaign-manager-charged-buying-votes-donna-texas...||http://www.themonitor.com/donna-campaign-manager-arrested/article_9cdf02f0-428b-...|
|Arizona||Unidentified||M||2016||Registration Fraud||An unidentified man who is a resident alien, but not a U.S. citizen, registered to vote on a bet with a co-worker. The man received a voter registration card after registering to vote and lying about his place of birth, as well as claiming to be a U.S. citizen.||http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/voter-fraud-non-c...|
|Alaska||Unknown 2||Voter fraud case referred to Alaska Department of Law Criminal Division. Declined for prosecution. No charges filed.||http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/374296-alaska-dept-of-law-response.html|
How You Can Help
Join the movement and sign up for our Knowledge Network to get educated on the issues and opportunities to serve and connect with other citizen activists in your community.
Support True the Vote’s efforts to keep our elections free and fair.
Stay in touch
You can support True the Vote and get current information, insights and updates on various social media platforms.