True the Vote Election Crimes Database

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State Defendant Co-Defendants Sex Date Election D/R Charged Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3sort ascending Source4 Source5 Follow Up
California Donahue Farrow M 2006 2006-10 Registration Fraud 1 0 Donahue Farrow pleaded* guilty, along with other signature gatherers, to deceiving voters into re-registering, motivated by a $10 bounty for each new registered voter. Farrow would falsely tell voters that state law required them to register again before they could sign initiative petitions. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas charged 12 people with multiple counts of felony voter registration fraud. Farrow was the eighth to plead guilty. *Plea deal: 46 days in jail, 3 years probation, barred from participating in any voter registration or signature-gathering activities while on probation http://yubanet.com/california/Secretary-of-State-Announces-Felony-Conviction-in-... http://admin.cdn.sos.ca.gov/press-releases/prior/2006/06_166.pdf http://www.ocregister.com/articles/rackauckas-177027-five-republicans.html
Indiana Ezequiel Godinez M 2003 Democratic primary D 2006-09 Ineligible district voting 1 Ezequiel Godinez voted in a precinct other than his own in the May 2003 Democratic primary, in which longtime East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick narrowly defeated challenger George Pabey. The Indiana Supreme Court overturned Pastrick's victory due to widespread voter fraud and ordered a new election. 1 year probation, 100 hours community service http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/2007/03/east-chicago-vote-fraud-prosecutions.... http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/more-indictments-east-chicago-voter-fraud-c... http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/eight-more-charged-with-vote-fraud/article_5641de...
Indiana Christopher Lopez M 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary D 2005 Ineligible district voting 4 Christopher Lopez was charged as part of a fraud case brought by the Lake County Joint Voter Task Force that ultimately overturned the result of the 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary. Son of contractor and "political insider" Mickey Lopez and brother of Michael Lopez. Charged with 3 counts voting in other precinct, 1 count unauthorized entries at polls. Pleaded guilty to unauthorized entries at polls, a misdemeanor. Other counts dismissed. 60 days of probation https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1N1-10F441B1C90C6800.html http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=2214 http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/arrests-planned-on-voter-fraud-charges/article_8d...
Indiana Pedro Moro M 2003 Democratic primary D 2005-10 Ineligible district voting 4 1 Pedro Moro pleaded* guilty to one count of illegally processing a ballot in the 2003 Democratic primary, rather than go to trial on four counts of vote fraud. *Plea deal: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=2214 http://www.indianabarrister.com/archives/2005/10/lake_county_vote_fraud_sting_g.... http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/two-more-vote-fraud-convictions/article_c6c10...
Indiana Allan “Twig” Simmons (operative for the East Chicago mayor’s campaign) M 2003 Democratic primary D Illegal Assistance Absentee/Mail Vote buying 20 3 Allan “Twig” Simmons, an operative for the East Chicago mayor’s campaign, pleaded* guilty to three counts of fraudulent application, showing, examination, receipt or delivery of ballots after being charged with perjury, attempted obstruction of justice and ballot fraud for persuading individuals to let him fill out their absentee ballots in exchange for jobs. *Plea deal: 3 years probation, 100 hours community service http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/article_89a08182-5249-5367-9a0d-8d152a4c689b.... http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/hammond-man-given-probation-for-vote-fraud/ar... http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/more-vote-fraud-charges/article_e05687f5-aa45...
Indiana Randall Blue Artis M 2003 Democratic primary D 2006-03 Voter intimidation/coercion 7 Randall Blue Artis was charged with seven felony counts including inducing an East Chicago woman to vote outside of her home precinct and commit other voting violations in connection with the May 2003 Democratic mayoral primary in East Chicago. Longtime Mayor Robert Pastrick narrowly defeated challenger George Pabey in that primary, but the Indiana Supreme Court overturned Pastrick's victory due to widespread voter fraud and ordered a new election. http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/more-indictments-east-chicago-voter-fraud-c... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1601469/posts http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/artis-brothers-enter-guilty-pleas/article_8dd...
Indiana Mabel Komendat F 2003 Democratic primary D 2006-09 Ineligible district voting 2 1 Mabel Komendat pleaded* guilty to voting in a precinct other than her own in the May 2003 Democratic primary, in which longtime East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick narrowly defeated challenger George Pabey. The Indiana Supreme Court overturned Pastrick's victory due to widespread voter fraud and ordered a new election. 1 year probation, 50 hours community service http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/2007/03/east-chicago-vote-fraud-prosecutions.... http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/eight-more-charged-with-vote-fraud/article_5641de... http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/article_89a08182-5249-5367-9a0d-8d152a4c689b....
New Mexico Election contest: Mary Helen Garcia v. Bealquin Gomez 2014-06 Democrat Primary (NM House District 34) D 2014-06 Election contest Absentee/mail Forgery New Mexico state Rep. Mary Helen Garcia a filed a motion challenging the results in the June 2014 Democrat Primary Election, citing irregularities in the signatures associated with absentee voting in the primary election for New Mexico House District 34. Attorneys for Rep. Garcia submitted information by a forensic handwriting analyst, citing at least 17 cases of signatures not matching voter rolls. Many of the questionable ballots came from Sunland Park, which has a history of voter fraud. Garcia, D-Las Cruces, lost the primary to Bealquin Gomez by 16 votes, 410 to 394. Third Judicial District Judge Jim T. Martin ruled against overturning the results of the primary election. Judge dismissed challenge http://krwg.org/post/garcia-alleges-fraud-challenges-election-result http://watchdog.org/166068/voter-fraud-dispute/ http://www.nmtelegram.com/2014/08/22/judge-rules-against-overturning-state-house...
New Mexico Candidate petition challenge: Carlos Villanueva v. Jacob Candelaria (Southwest Political Services hired by Candelaria campaign) 2012 Democratic primary D Petition fraud Forgery 31 people responsible for collecting signatures to get Democrat Jacob Candelaria on the June 2012 ballot were named in a criminal investigation, accused of falsifying voter records and voter fraud. The Candelaria campaign said the suspects are former canvassers for a company called "Southwest Political Services". That company was paid by Candelaria's campaign to gather the needed 75 signatures to get his name on the ballot for the District 26 State Senate seat. A number of voters say they never signed the petition and that their signature was forged. At one household, a man found his name on the petition twice with two different style signatures and also found his wife's signature. "She never signed at all." Another voter said more of the same. "Not even the print is her handwriting," a woman said of what was supposedly her mother's signature. "And that is not even how you spell her name." At another address, a woman said the voter listed on the petition moved out years ago. The Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office said it was reviewing the case, and complaints were also files with the Secretary of State's Office and with state police concerning the forged signatures. Petition challenge dismissed http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/albuquerque/State-Senate-candidate-accuses-o... http://www.abqjournal.com/106249/abqnewsseeker/ballot-the-main-fight-in-senate-d... http://www.nmtelegram.com/2012/04/12/dems-in-state-senate-bernco-da-race-stay-on...
New Jersey Election contest: Michael Strumolo and Vincent Ferraro vs. Robert J. Peluso and Louis Valori 2013-06 Parsippany municipal primary 2013-07 Election contest Candidates Michael Strumolo and Vincent Ferrara each filed petitions with Superior Court Assignment Judge Thomas Weisenbeck in Morristown contesting the results of the June 4, 2013 Parsippany Town Council primary, which named Robert Peluso and Louis Valori as winners. Several witnesses testified that County Clerk candidate James Vigilante gave them mail-in ballots to certify, or sign and turn in. Each of the people testified that Vigilante gave them a stack of votes, and that they never met any of the voters. Strumolo's attorney Brian Aloia told the court that Vigilante could have distributed as many as 50 votes in that fashion. Election laws prohibit candidates from handling mail-in ballots and also require that a mail-in ballot submitted on behalf of another voter must be signed by whoever submits it. The person submitting the ballot also must have received it directly from the voter. Ferrara said in his petition that enough illegal votes were accepted to change the outcome of the election. His petition cites the names of three people who allegedly voted twice by mail-in ballot and the names of 71 other people he believes improperly cast mail-in ballots. “The 77 illegal votes that were received ... were sufficient to change the outcome of the election. As a result, the will of the electorate either is not discernible or has been frustrated by the widespread acceptance of illegal and/or fraudulent votes,” Judge dismissed the challenge, but said there was "significant cause for concern" about the conduct of James Vigilante. Three women testified that Vigilante called them to his home office to pick up and sign for mail-in ballots that he had there, and later drove them to the board of elections office to deliver the ballots. Under state election law, candidates are not allowed to possess or handle mail-in ballots. The law also says the person submitting the ballot must also have received it directly from the voter. However, Vigilante couldn't have impacted enough ballots to change the outcome of the vote, Weisenbeck said http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2013/08/testimony_will_expose_illegal_parsipp... http://patch.com/new-jersey/parsippany/primary-candidates-allege-voter-fraud-hea... http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2013/09/after_alleged_voter_fraud_judge_wants...

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