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 Convictedsort descending Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Wisconsin Eric L. Swift M Ineligible felon voting Eric L. Swift was accused of knowingly voting while being a convicted felon. 90 days in prison and $100 fine
Kansas Seward County - Names Unknown 2005 Absentee Ballot Fraud Advance ballots were picked up and delivered to a campaign PO Box and never delivered to the election office. No action taken. (multiple cases)
Connecticut Ernest Newton (former candidate for state representative) M 1988-09 Democratic primary D Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 1 1 Former state Rep. Ernest Newton pleaded* guilty to illegally filling out Ada Crosby's absentee ballot for her, requesting she sign the inner envelope and then mailing it for her with her consent during the September 1988 primary in which Newton was a candidate for state representative in the 124th district. Newton later served time in prison after pleading guilty in 2005 to federal charges that included taking bribes, and was convicted and again sentenced to prison in 2015 for violating campaign finance laws. *Plea deal: $1,000 fine
Connecticut James Jones M 2004-11 Multiple Voting Duplicate names were found, indicating that three people may have voted in two towns during the November 2004 state election. The three names submitted by the Secretary of State as persons who may have voted more than once and in more than one location were found to be six different people, and therefore no violation of law occurred. The complaint was dismissed. Dismissed
Texas Oscar Rios Jose Rene Gomez Oralia Frausto Maria Gonzalez (aka Dolores Gutierrez) M 2006-03 Democratic primary D 2006-06 Registration fraud - fake Absentee/Mail 12 12 Oscar Rios pleaded* guilty to 12 counts of absentee ballot fraud for illegally possesing other voters' ballots. Oralia Frausto, Jose Rene Gomez, 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. *Plea deal: 2 years deferred adjudication/community supervision, $300 fine Starr/Brooks: 07-05-09741 CR
Ohio Terry Gorth M 2009-11 Multiple Voting Absentee/Mail 1 Terry Gorth was accused of voting twice in the same election using two absentee ballots. Charged with illegal voting. Pleaded guilty to illegal voting, a felony. Orignial sentence of probation was revoked six months after it was handed down, and he was sentenced to 6 months in Clermont County jail. (Clermont County, Case #2010-CR-00049) 5 years of probation. This sentence was revoked six months after it was handed down, and he was sentenced to 6 months in Clermont County jail.
Virginia James Halfaday M 2011 D 2011-10 Registration fraud 4 James Halfaday, a former Charlottesville City Council candidate, was charged with four felony counts of election fraud for using a false address when he certified his candidacy for city council with the voter registrar.
Oklahoma Unknown impersonator 2012-11 General In person Impersonation 0 1 Jay Kelly went to the polls on Election Day, November 2012, in Oklahma City, only to find someone else had already cast a ballot in his name under his address. When Kelly showed his ID to a poll worker, she said he'd already voted. Kelly told her that that he hadn't, voted showed her his signature on his ID, and took a picture of the voter log where someone else had signed his name. The poll worker suggested that Kelly sign and vote as someone else in that person's place instead, but said he was really uncomfortable with that and didn't want to go to jail. A supervisor told Kelly he could cast a provisional ballot, but he said that wasn't an option. He was eventually allowed to cast a regular ballot, which was counted - as was the other ballot cast earlier in his name The state election board secretary said the matter would be reported to the district attorney's office. Voter fraud in Oklahoma is a felony. None - no way to identify the impersonator
Connecticut Bill Finch campaign (candidate for Bridgeport mayor)  2015-09 Democratic primary D Absentee/Mail Impersonation Illegal assistance Democrat Joe Ganim, a former Bridgeport mayor who spent nearly a decade in federal prison for corruption but ran for the office again in 2015, accused incumbent Mayor and fellow Democrat Bill Finch with absentee ballot fraud. Ganim claimed individuals identified from the Finch campaign actually handled absentee ballots from seniors or people that were disabled, filled them out and mailed them in. The Secretary of the State’s office confirmed that they had intervened in Bridgeport over the supervision of the large number of absentee ballots requested, estimated at several thousand.
Kentucky Stanley Bowling (former magistrate) Cletus Maricle Douglas C. Adams Freddy W. Thompson Charles Wayne Jones William Stivers William Bart Morris Debra L. Morris M 2002 2004 2006 2009-07 Vote Buying Circuit Court Judge Cletus Maricle, and seven others (Douglas C. Adams, Freddy W. Thompson, Stanley Bowling, Charles Wayne Jones, William Stivers, William Bart Morris and Debra L. Morris) were convicted in 2010 in a massive vote-buying scheme that ran through several elections. After a seven-week trial, the defendants were convicted on various charges they faced, which included vote-buying, mail fraud, extortion and money laundering. Several convicted major drug dealers testified during the trial about how easy it was to spread many thousands of dollars around to buy votes. In 2010 sentenced to 15 years and 10 months in prison. Appeal resulted in new trial being set and Bowling then pleaded guilty hoping for a lesser sentence.


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