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 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5sort descending Follow Up
Texas Diana Balderas Castaneda Francisco “Frankie” Garcia Rebecca Gonzalez Guadalupe Escamilla F 2012-11 Donna ISD school board D 2014-01 Vote buying (federal) 1 10 Diana Balderas Castaneda was one of three politiqueras who pleaded* guilty to federal vote-buying charges stemming from the November 2012 Donna school board election. The women gave residents cash, drugs, beer and cigarettes, which the candidates they worked for and their campaign managers would give them for that purpose, In exchange for their votes in the 2012 primary and general elections. Castaneda admitted bribing about 10 voters, and on a few occasions, she drove voters to buy drugs after they voted. Castaneda pleaded guilty to one count of vote-buying. *Plea deal: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/campaign-worker-pleads-guilty-buying-votes-donna-... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/us/politics/texas-vote-buying-case-casts-glare... https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-campaign-workers-charged-buying-votes-donna...
Arizona Michael David Hays (candidate for Mohave County Sheriff) M 2012 Mojave County Registration fraud - ineligible district 2 0 Michael David Hays, former candidate for Mohave County Sheriff, pleaded* guilty to charges of false voter registration and tampering with a public record for falsely claiming on a voter registration form to be a resident of the county. Hays used a campaign worker’s address in Mohave County when he filled out paperwork to run for sheriff. At the time, he was living and also registered to vote in Coconino County. *Plea deal: Probation http://www.mohavedailynews.com/news/local/hays-pleads-guilty-to-voter-fraud/arti...
Mississippi Cooper Epps M 2007 Democratic primary, Runoff Vote Buying 5 Cooper Epps was charged with 2 counts of bribery and 3 counts of voter fraud in a vote buying scheme. Pleaded guilty to 1 count of voter fraud. (Case #BK2008-009, Circuit Court, Benton County) 2 years of incarceration, which was reduced to time served and 2 years post-release supervision. Pay $2,422.50. http://djournal.com/tippah/2009/07/15/jury-convicts-two-in-benton-vote-fraud-cas... http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/394430-mississippi-benton-county-cases-fo...
Texas Jerry Farley M Jerry Farley was investigated as part of the Gillespie County election dispute in 2008. Case declined for prosecution. Letter sent to secretary of state.
New Hampshire Timothy Barnes M 2004-11 General Registration Fraud Timothy Barnes was convicted of providing a false address when registering to vote during the 2004 State General Election in Dover, N.H. $500 fine suspended for 2 years http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/370360-new-hampshire-fraud.html
New Jersey Mary Stewart F Absentee/Mail Mary Stewart cast absentee ballots using her mother's name for at least two years after her mother's death. http://www.electionjournal.org/2010/04/02/dead-voter-investigation-leads-to-bigg... http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/03/somerset_county_woman_accused.html
Georgia ADDED SOURCE Iaren Smith Petition Fraud Iaren Smith was accused of not signing as affidavit of petition circulator in presence of notary; Notaries did not notarize in presence of affiants. Case closed. https://web.archive.org/web/20161226021856/http://www.documentcloud.org/document...
Connecticut Lisette Valle-Mellow F Absentee/Mail Valle-Mellow, a city employee, was accused of voting an absentee ballot when she could have voted in person. $200 fine and ordered to comply with the law in the future
Indiana Yolanda Ramirez F 2003 Democratic primary D 2005-10 Ineligible district voting 1 Yolanda Ramirez pleaded* guilty to illegally voting in another precinct in the 2003 Democratic primary. *Plea deal: http://www.indianabarrister.com/archives/2005/10/lake_county_vote_fraud_sting_g.... http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=2214
Washington Gregory Taufer M Registration Fraud 1 A charge of registration fraud against Gregory Taufer was found to have Insufficient evidence to pursue. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/368706-washington-clark-county-response-w...

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