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The definition of insanity: Majority of Seattle voters unhappy with direction of city & city council

You CANNOT fix STOOPID.

Seattle has been a sh*thole city for quite some time now. Remember the CHAZ fiasco under the direction of Mayor Jenny Durkan this past summer?

I’ve covered the many, many, MANY failures of Seattle’s demorat leadership for years. See the following examples:

BLM achieves justice in Seattle: First black police chief resigns
Man who dropped out of Seattle City Council race last year exposes city & allies’ coordinated efforts to mislead the public on their homelessness crisis
Seattle has a solution to their homelessness crisis: A 75-person task force
King County judge on why repeat offenders get no punishment: “We’re just talking about property crime
Violent repeat offender in Seattle assaults toddler with coffee, two days after his jail release

Yet Seattleites KEEP electing demorats while, I guess, expecting a different outcome?

Turns out some Seattle folk are unhappy with the direction of the city! Gee, I wonder why???

Excerpts from KIRO 7 News:

A new survey of Seattle voters found that many are unhappy with how the City Council is handling things and the direction of the city, according to EMC Research.

After polling voters in late October, researchers found 54% of voters think things in Seattle “have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track.” A third of voters (35%) think things are “generally going in the right direction.”

In an open-ended question with no response options, 45% of voters mentioned homelessness as the issue they are most concerned about, followed by affordable housing/cost of living and police brutality/defunding the police.

Three-quarters of voters polled said they are unhappy about the growth of illegal homeless camps in many Seattle neighborhoods, city parks and playgrounds and a majority don’t agree with the council ending most encampment cleanups.

Read the whole story here.

I’m fresh outta any empathy for people in Seattle. Demorats will NEVER learn this one EASY lesson:

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Oregon bureaucrats applies rules when as suits them

Federal immigration laws? Forget about them. Oregon is a sanctuary state so the rules don’t apply to illegal aliens in that state.

Large gatherings (such as weddings) during Wuhan virus? Nope. Those are only allowed if you join a very large “peaceful” protest.

One hundred days of rioting? That’s OK.

Looting and destroying private and public property? That’s A-OK as well.

Yet the Oregon GOP filing a voter statement 29 seconds too late? Sorry, that won’t be allowed to make it to the voter pamphlet because the deadline rules “apply equally to everyone.”

Isn’t THAT rich?

Apparently the GOP waited until 4:59 on August 25 (deadline was 5:00 that day) to file their statement. One of the reasons the GOP statement was late? They were locked out of the online filing system for several hours, delaying the party’s ability to file its statement.

KGW8 reports that the GOP statement said, “Had enough? Vote Republican!” It attacked Democratic leadership in Oregon on issues ranging from “Unrestrained rioting” in Portland to mismanagement of the pandemic resulting in “catastrophic small business losses.”

The Oregon GOP has filed a lawsuit in Marion County to get their statement in the pamphlet before it goes to print later this month.

Read all the details here.

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The video the MSM doesn’t want you to see, RITTENHOUSE

Kyle Rittenhouse cleaning graffiti left by vandals

Only the fascist left domestic terrorist supporting democrat controlled propaganda fake news would stoop so low to attack a law abiding 17 year old American patriot.  Instead of being truthful and saying Kyle Rittenhouse defended himself, they chose to blow smoke up everyone on this planet’s  a$%’s.

 

“The teenager with the long gun scuffled with people near a car dealership and opened fire, allegedly killing two people and wounding a third, a criminal complaint says. Even as police and emergency vehicles raced to the scene and chaotic videos of the fatal encounter appeared on social media, the armed suspect walked past a group of officers unnoticed. He was arrested 30 miles awayin Antioch, Illinois.”

Faith Karimi, CNN

That’s how fake news CNN is spinning a Kenosha shooting where 3 democrat supported adult fascist left domestic terrorist were shot when they attacked a minor, 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse was 1 of many volunteers that were cleared by law enforcement and were protecting  businesses from being destoyed by democrat supported fascists left domestic terrorist Black Lives Matter(BLM)/Antifa, Muslim Extremists and foreign nationals that have entered the country illegally and are working with BLM causing discourse,  attacking Americans and trying to influence our elections.

 

The defenders stopped the terrorist from burning down a gas station.  They also stopped the terrorist from attacking the police with a flaming dumpster.

The terrorist next move was to set the car lot on fire where Rittenhouse was standing guard.

Video shows convicted felon sex offender terrorist Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, chasing Rittenhouse through the car lot.  Rosenbaum can be seen throwing a molotov(claims eyewitness) at Rittenhouse. We hear a gunshot from unknown source .Rittonhouse turns and shoots seconds before Rosenbaum could grab him.  Rosenbaum goes down and we hear more gunfire from unknown source again.

Rittonhouse goes over to where Rosenbaum is laying and offers help. He calls the police.

A person then decides to use his shirt instead of the first aid kit Rittenhouse was carrying.  The same person tells Rittenhouse to go.away.

Rittenhouse starts making his way to the police line and a mob of domestic terrorist start chasing him.   He trips an falls.  While on the ground a unidentified terrorist runs up and kicks him in the head.  While still on the ground, he gets hit in the head with a skateboard carried by convicted felon and domestic terrorist,  26 year old, Anthony Huber.  Rittenhouse takes the skateboard hit and shoots Huber.

Then convicted felon and domestic  terrorist, 26 year old

Gaige Grosskreutz, armed with a handgun goes after Rittenhouse.  Grosskreutz raises his gun and Rittenhoust shoots him in the arm.

Rittenhouse makes his way to the police where he turns himself in.

Police let him go.

Currently charges have been filed on Rittenhouse which if convicted, could give him a life sentence.

Charges were filed before any sort of criminal investigation took place.  At the time there wasn’t  a crime scene investigation, no ballistic data, meaning they don’t  know if Rittenhouse was the only shooter. Video clearly shows he shot in self defense.

Besides the fact that these were convicted felons attacking a minor, they were terrorist in the act of committing crimes. They had already helped burn and destroy other buildings in the city.

CNN and other fake news outlets are lying about what really happened.

So you can decide for yourself, I found as many videos of that night that I could find.  I placed them in order creating a visual timeline of events.  Keep in mind that these are the actual videos captured by reporters on the scene. I haven’t  blurred anything out so you will be seeing shooting, blood and bodies.  That’s your warning.

This is for educational  purposes only.

 

Rittenhouse doesn’t look like the mass shooter that some media outlets describe him.

Really makes you wonder why they are lying.

The person that interviewed Rittenhouse was 10 feet away from Rosenbaum when he got shot.  He also helped carry Rosenbaum to the car.  He was also at the hospital with Rosenbaum.  You would think that being a reporter he would have some video from the hospital.  They covered every other part of the event.  This is the reporter,

 

This is a short video of the day after.

Is Rittenhouse a Patriot or not?  I going with Patriot.

I have to be honest.  I feel like I just watched a poorly scripted reality show.  But what do I know.

Sources

Photos and video captured by the following people:

Andy Ngo

Drew Hernandez

Brendan Gutenschwager

RichieMcGinniss

Julio_Rosas11

Elijah Schaffer

ShelbyTalcott

FromKalen

 

Apologies if I missed anyone.

“Rittenhouse” and “The next day” are unlisted videos.  They are not monetized.  I made them to share information to the public, free as charged.  For educational purposes only. Fair use.

Respectfully,

Deplorable Patriot

Correction- Rittenhouse did not call police after first shooting.  He actually called a friend of his.

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The real story: It’s not just a few big Democrat cities that are burning

Demorats have generally ignored rioting in the streets and have suggested that President Trump is the cause of any social disruption. Mainstream media have suggested that the rioting is confined to half a dozen big cities. Republicans have blamed Demorat mayors and governors for not bringing the riots under control.

But fact is, none of us are getting the true picture of what is happening to this country. Protests and riots have occurred in all 50 states. The Army National Guard has been deployed to at least 23 states and the District of Columbia to combat rioters and looters. More than 350 cities and towns have been wracked with unrest—all this while left-wing socialist/communist government officials sit in complacent approval of the mayhem.

Our country is coming apart at the seams. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

What follows is research published on June 2, 2020 by Mohammed Haddad, writing for Aljazeera. These data are more than two months old.

I have to wonder, how much worse is it now?

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2020/06/mapping-cities-george-floyd-protests-erupted-200601081654119.html

~ Grif

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As violence increases in demorat-run Philadelphia, leaders want residents to turn in their guns

I’m sure the criminals will get right on that request…

Shocker, not: We’ve got another demorat-run city that is experiencing an increase in crime. CBS Philly reports that 259 people have been murdered so far this year, a 31% increase from this time last year.

The city council held an emergency meeting last week to come up with solutions. Here’s one of them:

Do these fools really believe that criminals are going to comply with this request?

The city’s Soros-backed district attorney, Larry Krasner, has been lenient with criminals and is a proponent of bail reform. At least he was until last week but now he’s apparently had a change of heart. From the CBS Philly story:

“Krasner was the first to address the City Council’s Special Committee on Gun Violence and even got emotional during the hearing when talking about 7-year-old Zamar Jones, who was killed during gun crossfire in West Philadelphia.

Krasner says his office is pushing for higher bail on those linked to gun crimes. “What my office is seeing is that bails are too low and often too low on cases that involve shootings, on cases involving felons in possession of firearms,” he said.”

Seven-year-old Zamar Jones was shot in the head while playing on his front porch. He later died.

Too little, too late for Zamar Jones, Mr. Krasner.

When are democrat voters going to realize the obvious?

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You don’t say: Residents fleeing liberal utopia of Seattle

The once-beautiful, demorat-run city of Seattle has turned into a nightmare.

You’ve got a serious homeless problem. Even a BILLION taxpayer dollars isn’t enough to solve that problem.

You’ve got a serious problem with repeat criminal offenders. Due to the progressive “criminal justice reform” agenda, there are many, many repeat offenders who are never properly punished.

Then you’ve got ANTIFA/BLM/demorat thugs taking over the city streets and rioting, looting and burning the city down. And the elected politicians cave to their demands.

So why would any reasonable, taxpaying-citizen want to remain in this liberal utopia? It appears that many residents have had enough and are heading out.

KOMO News reports that more Seattle-area residents selling their homes and fleeing the city. This is based on a Redfin report which states that the number of home sellers looking to leave the Seattle metro area has jumped to 13.7%, compared with 11.2% at the same time last year.

Also notable? The net outflow of homeowners from Seattle has soared from 363 in the second quarter of last year to 6,007 in the second quarter of this year – a jump of more than 1,500%.

Redfin claims that the reasons people are leaving are because of the Wuhan virus, to move closer to family, flexible remote work which means people don’t “have to live in this area,” and low mortgage rates.

Gee, ‘ya think the crazy violence and lack of law and order might have something to do with it?

Read the whole story here.

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If lawless Democrats go unchecked, Trump will lose in 2020 election

It’s  pretty disturbing  how much democrats get away with.  Everything from false flags to flat out lying.  Each time, mostly unchallenged  by the republicans.  It’s  not that difficult to predict what the Democrats next move is going to be.  They use the same shady methods over and over.

Back in 2017, I predicted they were going  to  try to force  mail in votes  for the upcoming  election.  It wasn’t anything special that I had done.  The democrats are just that obvious.

Republicans should have known the same and been prepared.

You can always be sure that what the democrats next move is when they can win by playing by the rules. They are going to find a way to cheat.  When cheating doesn’t  work,  they will try to change the rules, making  sure the new rules will be in their favor.

I have no doubt that democrats  have or are planning  some modifications to the rules or procedures  for the upcoming election.  It will be hidden in some form of legislation.

If they mention it, they will play it off as something trivial or say it will save money or make the election more secure. To most people it won’t  look like much. It will be easy to overlook.

They will try to pass it on the federal level and the state level .  In states like California, where they are able to pass any legislation that they choose, you can be sure they have already have the changes in place.

What you should be looking for is anything that decreases ballot security, post election.  Anything from reduced tally auditing, handling of ballots to reduced ballot validation.

That’s  what they did in California. Reduced ballot auditing, reduced ballot valadation and modified ballot harvesting rules.  They created an environment to where most of the ballots that came in when the polls closed never got properly valadated.  Then they stuffed the ballots.  All preplanned.

Only 1% of post election ballots get audited by hand post election in California.  The Secretary of State(SOS) has a “Risk limitation audit” method they also use.  It should be illegal to use.  The person doing the audit  feeds data into the program.  They also enter the desired results of the audit.  The program then selects ballots and provides a solution that will  match the auditors desired results.   If software is unable to produce the results desired, it provides instructions to achieve those results.

The person that does the final audit  of the ballot final count in California is the SOS.  He is a democrat.  All he needs to do is to have the auditing software provide a solution that makes his choice the winner. The auditing  program then produces results that seem to have worked.

The software isn’t a auditing program.  It’s a program that helps them cover their tracks.

California’s republican leadership does zero to address this issue.

 

 

 

 

*Notable fact. After the 2018 election in California, Padilla required all voting machines be replaced throughout the state.  Even in counties that had just bought new, modern machines.

My first warning to conservatives is to review legislation passed by democrats on the state and federal levels.  Check for anything election related.  Make sure that election and ballot security is equally the same post election and during election.  Specifically related to ballot handling, validation and counting.

The next potential nightmare is Ballot harvesting.

On Election day in 2018, California had over 250,000 mail in votes arrive.  Some people were dropping off 100 to 200 ballots each.  Democrats had opened the doors got Ballot harvesting.
Democrats claim that they go door to door asking people if they can turn in their ballots for them.  They also claim that they only harvest democrat votes.
Personally I think a person would be an idiot to hand over their ballot to some stranger.  Most people I know feel the same way.  I going to say democrats are lying.
6 million mail in votes were unaccounted for in 2016 elections. That’s where the democrats are harvesting  some of their ballots.
With that many votes unaccounted for it’s fairly easy to cheat. All a person needs is to  access  voter data base, which every candidate has access to.

From that  data find out who was sent a ballot  but never turned one in..  Save those names and vote with them at election time.

Here are some examples of voting officials procedure when handling ballots.

How do they come up with voter  intention as mentioned in #5 Ballot Review? I’d like to see that manual.

*Notable fact.  Gavin Newsom has mentioned that every registered  voter will get a mail in ballot.  That’s  not true.  Newsom has selected specific counties to receive mail in ballots while leaving others out .  *Elections are only as secure as the election officials. They are appointed by local officials.  That would make California elections corrupt.

Two things to remember.  1. Be sure is same level post election  as it is during election.  2. Make ballot harvesting illegal.   If democrats are doing it, conservative have to do it better, or lose every election.

Example of democrats cheating

None of what I mentioned so far really matters.  After all, it’s  the Electoral College that votes for president.

The biggest problem for  Trump are the democrats actively participating in voter intimidation of the Electoral College.

States that force their Electoral College to cast their votes the same as the popular vote are breaking voter intimidation laws along with a direct violation of their rights. The states that replace or fine the Electoral College for not voting the same as the popular vote are just as guilty.

There are several reasons why the Electoral College was created.

  •   One could be to give smaller populated states more influence in picking a  president.
  •  It could also be because the founding fathers did not trust the American people’s  decision and felt a person more refined, someone that would pick what’s best for the country, not popular party..
  • The popular vote is too easy to corrupt. All a wealthy person needs to do is buy the votes they need.

There’s more but I’ll leave it at that.  What it wasn’t created for is voting the same as the popular vote.

That is perhaps the most ridiculous concept I’ve  heard.  It seems to be the most popular concept and currently in use.

Everywhere you look is the press or the Democrats insisting the Electoral College is supposed to vote the same as the popular vote.

This requires zero time to debunk.  All that is required is a small amount if common sense.

With a little common sense it is easy to understand why that isn’t  true.

If the Founding Fathers expected the president to win by popular vote, they never would have decided to have a Electoral College. It would be redundant and a waste of time and money.  Essentially you would have the Elector repeating the results of the popular vote.  A “middle man” .  A “parrot”. A complete waste of time. Have congress give the popular vote results to the Electoral College so the the Electoral College can  tell congress the results of the popular result?

The Founding Fathers wouldn’t have done something do ridiculous.  So we know the Electoral College is not supposed to only “vote the same as the popular vote.” Any state that is forcing their Electors to vote the s as popular vote are in  violation of law and should be disqualified from federal elections until they correct the problem.

If you recall in the 2016 elections, Trump won because the Electoral College in some states voted with their conscious, not party lines.  Those states have created laws forbidding that to happen again.  For the most part, these are democrat controlled states.  This is Trumps biggest threat.

Democrats are hard at work trying to remove the electoral college.  It’s another example of how the democrats are trying to destroy our system.  Another rule, law that they don’t  like.  They try to have it removed.  Like so many people, they cry, “this isn’t how it’s supposed to he in a democracy. ” They are right.  It’s  because we don’t  live in a democracy.  We have a Republican form of government.  Everyone follows the same rules.  A democracy mob rules.  Only the poor and unpopular get punished.

Democrats and fake news try to claim Election Fraud doesn’t happen enough to worry about.  They are consistently pushing Russian interference. We’ve seen what Russia has done.  At the end of this write up I’ve  posted several examples of election meddling/fraud.

Closing rant

Make no mistake, democrats are planning to steal 2020 election  For many, this isn’t  news.  The democrat leadership has proven theirselves to be dishonest time after time. It’s  what to be expected.    To expect something is one thing.  To allow it to continue is almost the same as admitting defeat.(Taking into considerations how close we are to election day.)

With all the distractions we are witnessing on a daily basis, democrats have been able to carry out their plans with 0 resistance.

The  distractions I’m talking about are the events involving terrorist groups like BLM, Antifa and the rest of the criminals pretending to be protesters.

I’m not saying every single protester is a terrorist.  Many of them are being exploited by their leaders and the democrat party. I will say they are all criminals since they are participating in riots.

Democrats allowing the destruction of their cities. Democrats participation in the BLM unlawful riots and BLM’S financials being linked to ACTBLUE, shows the connection between the two.

BLM funds raised and being turned over to  ACTBLUE, shows the control democrats have over the terrorist group.

ACTBLUE is a democrat Super pac.
*Super pac- ” a type of independent political action committee which may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, and individuals but is not permitted to contribute to or coordinate directly with parties or candidates.” This is the definition. In reality ACTBLUE is very much involved with parties and candidates. See
*All the “protest” are illegal. I won’t label all involved terrorist.  I have no problem calling them criminals.

Some of these groups drive from town to town starting riots.  That’s  what they did in my county.

They start a protest/ riot and the fake news  reports it as another town speaking out againt racism.  Making claims of mass protests popping up everywhere.  Conveniently leaving out the fact that it’s  the same people starting the protest in each town.

With the amount of time they spend traveling,  I wonder how they are paying for food, gas, etc.  Where do they get their money to travel? Some of their demands sound like punch lines of poorly written jokes.  A person cannot take them seriously.

The whole concept of changing history by removing statues is idiotic. Besides the fact of it being impossible

It’s  the narrative the fake news is feeding the public.  Like always, people eat it up.

Just take a second to think about it. “Remove statues to change the past”

Only the fake news and the democrats would think if something so ridiculous. What we are seeing are the democrats finacing and using racist to help carry out their plans. The black version of the KKK. Both versions created by democrats.

What the fake news will not tell you is that many of the events are planned and staged.  Just like the BLM member from the “CHOP” says in this short clip.

 

The riots providing distraction is just one way the democrats are using the riots. That will be discussed at a later date.

Fake news, Big tech, Social media

Censorship of conservative’s increases daily. This is becoming a huge problem.

Just recently, the Donald on Reddit was banned along with several more right wing subreddits.  *This is not such a great loss because the sub was taking over by leftists long ago. 

Recently I had my Twitter account suspended for 7 days.  Someone had gone into my history reported a tweet I had made 2 weeks earlier.  I’m not even sure what the tweet was about.  I do remember what I posted that upset the person .

One was a tweet to a video of Joe Biden inappropriately touching a Senator’s daughter. Here is a version of the video.

I also posted a series of retweets

 

 

No. This is not a source of mine.  Their research just produced the same results as mine.

Conservatives being censored is reality.  All the top brands in social media are guilty of some level of discrimination directed at conservatives or people that do not share their same  views, opinions or ideology.

I should also point out that a person can find themselves in trouble if you do not use their same language.

 

But the situation is not hopeless. There is a way to take down Brands like Twitter, CNN and Google. If done properly, there is no way the Brand can survive.  Here is the 7 point plan.

  1. It’s  quite simple. Everyone needs to get an attorney and file lawsuits . Promise your attorney 1/3 of the total you are asking for.   If your attorney thinks they can win, they will proceed  with the lawsuit.
  2. The key to this is overwhelming them with more cases they can handle.    How many brands can handle 1000  individual lawsuits at the same time?  10,000  lawsuits?
  3. You want to put them in a position that forces them to defend each case individually.
  4. All lawsuits should be filed within the same time frame.  All filed in the same week.
  5. If they have a parent company, just be sure to include that in the lawsuit.   If you really want to get their attention, add the CEO and the senior staff members.
  6. Be sure you have a legitimate reason to file a lawsuit.  Don’t  just make something up..  Don’t  be dishonest. Besides being unethical,  fraudulent cases usually end up getting thrown out..  Making fraudulent  claims are also illegal.
  7. Don’t  let section 230 get in your way.

Even if you don’t agree with my 7 point plan you must agree there is a problem with Social media platforms, Big Tech, Google and similar brands that are actively working with the left.

The left has started a civil war. Their enemy isn’t  just the right.  It’s  everyone that doesn’t agree with them.   They’ve let people come in and destroy their voter base.  They are responsible for the deaths of Americans. How much more do people need to see?   There needs to be a response.  Being polite and being tolerant.   Doing nothing is a thing of the past.  Expecting them to change is no a waste of time.  It’s  not going to happen.

TRUMP needs to do the following.

  1. Freeze their bank accounts.
  2. Shut down the MSM.
  3.   Use the military to  arrest the traitor politicians, BLM, Antifa, their financiers and everyone employed by the government actively working against the government.
  4. Hold them in military prison and give them military trials.
  5.   Make examples out of them.
  6. Problem solved.

Another option would be for patriots to step and handle the problem. This would cost lives.

Doing nothing could play out like the following,

Joe Biden announces his running mate.  That will be Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. There  is no way America would elect child molester Joe for president.  So after he wins,  because democrats have the election rigged, the fighting will start.  When Joe gets taken out and Michelle or Hillary takes over a full scale war will kick off.  One of the 2 will become dictator with the military backing them. They will also have the UN and other countries backing them.  We will have foreign troops on American soil, Killing Americans. America will no longer be America. End of story.

Lets hope I’m  wrong about that last part.

Respectfully

Deplorable Patriot

EXTRA

Cases of voter fraud in US Elections 

Daniel W. Reynolds
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Daniel W. Reynolds pleaded guilty to three counts of absentee ballot fraud and was sentenced to two years’ probation. Reynolds, the chief campaign volunteer for Commissioner Amos Newsome, participated in falsifying absentee ballots in the Dothan District 2 election between Newsome and his rival Lamesa Danzey in the summer of 2013.
SOURCES
bit.ly/1Q1HFhh
Janice Lee Hart
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Janice Lee Hart pleaded guilty to eight misdemeanor counts of attempted absentee ballot fraud in connection with misconduct while working on the 2013 campaign for District 2 City Commissioner Amos Newsome. Prosecutors charged that Hart was not present when absentee ballots were signed even though she was listed as a witness on the ballots. In the election, Newsome defeated his challenger by only 14 votes and received 119 out of the 124 absentee ballots cast. A judge sentenced Hart to 12 months in the county jail for each count, which he suspended to two years of probation for each count.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fe7wVw

Lesa Coleman
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

A Houston County jury found Lesa Coleman guilty of seven felony counts of absentee ballot fraud related to the 2013 election for a city commission seat. Coleman received a three year split sentence. She will serve 180 days in jail followed by three years of probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fegulR bit.ly/2fb7qQO
Olivia Lee Reynolds
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Olivia Lee Reynolds was convicted of 24 counts of voter fraud.
While working on the 2013 campaign for her boyfriend, Dothan City Commissioner Amos Newsome, Reynolds filled out voters’ ballots for them and told others for whom to vote. Her fraud had definite consequences:  Commissioner Newsome won reelection by a mere 14 votes, losing the in-person vote by a wide margin but winning an incredible 96 percent of the absentee vote. Newsome himself faced pressure to resign as a consequence. Reynolds was sentenced to serve six months in a community corrections facility. She is appealing the conviction.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fcPwuv bit.ly/2edRZT9
Venustiano Hernandez-Hernandez
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Venustiano Hernandez-Hernandez, an illegal immigrant, registered to vote under the name Severo Benavidez in 1984 and voted in the 1996 and 2008 general elections, the 2002 primary election, and special elections in 2003 and 2009. After being deported in 1974, he obtained a false birth certificate, which he used to collect Social Security disability benefits and register to vote. As part of a plea deal, Hernandez-Hernandez admitted to having committed all of the charged conduct, and pleaded guilty to social security fraud and theft of public money (the voter fraud charges were dropped in exchange for his plea to the other charges). Prosecutors surmised that Hernandez-Hernandez received approximately $80,000 in disability payments between 2008 and 2012. As a result of his stolen identity, the real Severo Benevidez was denied Social Security payments. Hernandez-Hernandez was scheduled to be sentenced on December 17, 2012.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2uPC721 bit.ly/2tRx9EO
Karen Tipton Berry
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Ms. Berry pleaded guilty and received a two-year suspended sentence. The former Pike County Commissioner narrowly won–and then lost–her 2008 reelection bid when 10 absentee ballots were found to have been fraudulently cast in the election. Ms. Berry was charged with mailing an illegal absentee ballot.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2enJYyi
Gay Nell Tinker
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Gay Nell Tinker, a former circuit clerk for Hale County, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of absentee ballot fraud after her scheme to orchestrate fraudulent absentee ballots for the benefit of multiple candidates was uncovered. She admitted to falsifying the ballots of five voters to benefit certain candidates, including her brother, Circuit Court Judge Marvin Wiggins, and her husband, Senator Bobby Singleton (D–Greensboro).
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fbj3qP bit.ly/2fbg0yM
Valada Paige Banks and Rosie Lyles
DISPOSITION: 2009
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Valada Paige Banks and Rosie Lyles pleaded guilty to third-degree possession of a forged affidavit of an absentee ballot with intent to defraud. They both received 12-month suspended sentences and two years of probation and were ordered to pay court fees.
SOURCES
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Connie Tyree, Frank “Pinto” Smith, Booker Cooke,
Jr., Flephus Hardy, Garria Spencer, Althenia Spencer, Racing Commissioner Lester “Bop” Brown, and Spiver Gordon
DISPOSITION: 2005
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

The Birmingham Office of the U.S. Attorney and the Alabama Attorney General conducted an extensive joint investigation of absentee ballot fraud allegations in Greene County in the November 1994 election. By the end of the investigation, nine defendants pleaded guilty to voter fraud and two others were found guilty by a jury. The defendants included Greene County commissioners, officials, and employees; a racing commissioner; a member of the board of education; a Eutaw city councilman; and other community leaders. The conspiracy included using an assembly line to mass produce forged absentee ballots meant to swing elections in favor of preferred candidates.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tMvhMQ
Shasta Nicole Crayton
DISPOSITION: 2004
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Impersonation Fraud at the Polls

Crayton was convicted of impersonation fraud for illegally voting in her sister’s name during the 2002 election. She was caught when her sister tried to vote and the poll workers at the precinct found that her name had already been marked as having voted. Crayton pleaded guilty and received a two-year prison sentence, which was reduced to time already served plus two years’ probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fbhEk7
Guntersville, Alabama
DISPOSITION: 2004
OUTCOME: JUDICIAL FINDING
Election Overturned

The Supreme Court of Alabama overturned the mayoral election results for the City of Guntersville, Alabama after finding that absentee ballots cast without proper identification should have been excluded.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2vbjXYR bit.ly/2tLNzMH
Nathaniel Gosha and Lizzie Mae Perry
DISPOSITION: 2002
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Nathaniel Gosha was convicted of 25 counts (nine felony counts of falsifying ballots and 16 counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument) of voter fraud for offering to sell absentee votes in Russell County. Another Russell County resident, Lizzie Mae Perry, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of falsifying absentee ballots and two misdemeanor counts of disclosing votes. Gosha was sentenced to 180 days in jail, 4.5 years of probation, and $2,600 in court fines. Perry was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 18 months’ probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2enPrFC bit.ly/2fEzoEY
Melvin Lightning and Aaron Evans
DISPOSITION: 2000
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Melvin Lightning pleaded guilty to illegal absentee voting. Along with Evans, Lightning forged absentee ballot request forms in the name of other voters. Upon receiving the ballots, the pair took them to the named voters and obtained their signatures on the ballot envelope without telling the voters that  they were signing an actual ballot. Lightning then completed and cast the ballots himself. He received a 12-month prison sentence, which was suspended in favor of 12 months’ probation. His accomplice, Evans, was convicted in 1998 on seven counts of illegal absentee voting. He got a 10-year prison sentence, eight of which were suspended.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fbhEk7
Sheriff David Sutherland,
Denita Lee, Eugene Emerson, Idas “Spooky” Neal,
Jr., Judge Ann Richardson, Jimmy Richardson, Mary Jo Ingram, Scotty Cole, William F. Bailey
DISPOSITION: 2000
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Buying Votes, Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

An absentee-ballot buying operation was uncovered in Winston County, Alabama, that led to the conviction of the sheriff, circuit clerk, a district judge, and several candidates for county commission and the board of education. The conspirators set out to buy absentee ballots in the 2000 Republican primary with bribes of cash, beer, and liquor. Judge Richardson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of failing to report campaign expenditures; the others pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from the operation. Bailey was sentenced to three years’ probation, plus a $1,000 fine and 250 hours of community service. Neal got three years’ probation, a $2,500 fine, and 250 hours’ community service. Ingram was ordered to serve a year in prison and pay a $1,000 fine. Emerson got two years’ probation. Judge Richardson resigned, and received a suspended six-month prison sentence, one year probation, and a $1,000 fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2feojb2

ALASKA
Deborah Carroll
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ballot Petition Fraud

Deborah Carroll pleaded guilty to one felony count of forging signatures on an initiative petition to re-establish a coastal zone management program. One of the initiative’s sponsors noticed inconsistencies with the signatures Carroll had collected and reported the matter to the authorities. Carroll was sentenced to serve two years in jail followed by three years’ probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2u4damF bit.ly/2v8dcXu
ALASKA
Alvaro Jimenez-Aguilar
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Alvaro Jimenez-Aguilar, an illegal alien who overstayed his visitor’s visa, was convicted of falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen and filing a false Social Security application. He had assumed the identity of his deceased nephew by obtaining his birth certificate and other documents and applying for other documentation and benefits. He also registered to vote in Alaska under his nephew’s name, despite being ineligible because he is not a U.S. citizen. Jimenez-Aguilar was sentenced to time served and one year of supervised release, and his case was transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be processed for deportation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sQgPDy bit.ly/2sAMLtw
ALASKA
Rogelio Mejorada-Lopez
DISPOSITION: 2005
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Mejorada-Lopez, a Mexican citizen, completed several voter registration applications to register to vote in Alaska and voted in the 2000, 2002, and 2004 general elections. He was charged with three counts of voting by a non-citizen in violation of 18 U.S.C. 611 and was sentenced to probation for one year after pleading guilty.
SOURCES
United States v. Rogelio Mejorada-Lopez, No. 05-CR-074 (2005)
David Milton Culberson
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

David Culberson pleaded guilty to attempted duplicate voting during the 2012 general election. He received a fine of $4,575 and 117 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2gFc6zQ
Adam Bruce Hallin
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Adam Hallin pleaded guilty to attempted duplicate voting during the 2012 general election. He received a fine of $4,575 and was ordered to perform 180 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2hKCYu9
John David Hamrick
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

John Hamrick pleaded guilty to attempted duplicate voting during the 2012 general election. The court fined him $2,500 and associated court fees, ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service, and placed him on 6 months of unsupervised probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2hu5YaL

Gerald Bernard Sack
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Gerald Sack pleaded guilty to attempted duplicate voting during the 2012 general election. The court fined him $2,500 and associated court fees, ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service, and placed him on 12 months of supervised probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2gF5bqu
Steven Jeffrey Streeter
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Steven Streeter pleaded guilty to attempted duplicate voting during the 2012 general election. He was fined $5,000, ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, and was placed on two months of probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2hsgejB
Jay Sherill Thompson
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Jay Thompson pleaded guilty to attempted duplicate voting during the 2012 general election. The court fined him $2,500 and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2gXj7rU
Franklin West Turner
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Franklin Turner pleaded guilty to attempting to vote twice during the 2012 general election. He was fined $9,183 and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2hs5scO
Regina Kay Beaupre
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Regina Beaupre pleaded guilty to voting twice in the same election, once in Arizona and once in Michigan. She was fined $9,150 and given 12 months’ probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2gIrxFG
Jeffery Worth Hitchcock
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Jeffery Hitchcock pleaded guilty to attempted duplicate voting during the 2012 general election. A judge fined him $2,500 and sentenced him to 100 hours of community service and one year of unsupervised probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2hKCggI
Debi Gangaware Fender
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Debi Fender attempted to vote twice during the 2010 general election. She pleaded guilty and received a fine of $2,500.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2hu73iH
Milton Fender
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Milton Fender pleaded guilty to attempting to vote twice in the 2010 general election. He received a fine of $2,500 and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2gF9d1K
Shanna Katz Kattari
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Shanna Katz Kattari was charged with false registration, perjury, and illegal voting. She ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of illegal voting, and a judge fined her $4,575, ordered her to 67 hours of community service, and placed her on two months of unsupervised probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2gxQK2x
Edward Thomas Nichols
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Edward Nichols attempted to vote twice during the 2012 general election. After pleading guilty, the court fined him $4,633, ordered him to complete 100 hours of community service, and placed him on 18 months’ unsupervised probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2gIw5Mr
Curtis Vernon Pyeatt
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Curtis Pyeatt pleaded guilty to attempted ineligible voting in 2012. He was fined $2,500, ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, and placed on 364 days of probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2hqfA8R
Tom Lee West
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Tom West pleaded guilty to attempted ineligible voting during the 2012 general election. He paid $4,575 in fines and completed 100 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2gXi0sl

Sheriff Michael David Hays
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Former candidate for Mohave County Sheriff Michael David Hays pleaded guilty to a charge of voter fraud for claiming on a voter registration form to be a resident of the county when he actually was not. Hays used a campaign worker’s address in Mohave County when he filled out paperwork to run for sheriff.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2ezZMf0
Peter Canova and Gina Thai Canova
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Peter Canova and Gina Thai Canova of Scottsdale were charged with 15 counts of voter fraud, including voter registration fraud and illegal voting. Both voted more than once in a single election. Peter Canova pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation, a $9,200 fine, and 200 hours of community service. Gina Thai Canova received 300 hours of community service and a $13,800 fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2e2je88
Rodney Paul Jones
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Rodney Paul Jones was charged with double voting in Arizona and Colorado in the 2008 general election, fraudulent registration, and presenting a false instrument. He pleaded guilty and was fined $4,600 and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and a month’s probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2e2je88 bit.ly/2fEvSum
John Marotta
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Marotta pleaded guilty to attempted illegal voting for casting ballots in both Arizona and Colorado in the same election. His offense was reduced to a misdemeanor after he paid a $4,600 fine and completed 50 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fhYFR5 bit.ly/2enQipz
James and Karen Marshall
DISPOSITION: 2009
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

The Marshalls, residents of Green Valley, Arizona, admitted that they voted by mail in Kansas during the 2008 election–after they had become residents of Arizona. The couple also cast votes in Arizona during the same election. The pair pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and were sentenced to a year of probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2edSOvq bit.ly/2fhYFR5
ARKANSAS
David Pruitt
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

David Pruitt, an Alderman serving on the Beebe City Council, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for voting twice in Arkansas’s 2016 primary election. An investigation found that he voted on February 26th, 2016, and then again on March 1st, 2016. He was fined $750 and ordered to pay $170 in court costs and fees. The Beebe City Attorney has indicated Pruitt may be ineligible to serve on the City Council due to his guilty plea.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2uVov6a

ARKANSAS
Hudson Hallum, Kent Hallum, Phillip Wayne Carter, and Sam Malone
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots and Buying Votes

Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum, his father Kent Hallum, and two campaign workers, Phillip Wayne Carter and Sam Malone, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit election fraud. The lawmaker’s campaign bribed absentee voters and destroyed ballots in the Arkansas District 54 primary, runoff, and general elections in 2011. Hudson Hallam was sentenced to one year of home detention, three years’ probation, and was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine and complete 100 hours of community service. Kent Hallum received probation and nine months’ home confinement. Sam Malone received three years’ probation (7.2 months of which was home confinement), and 100 hours of community service. Carter received three years’ probation (five months of which was monitored home confinement) 100 hours of community service, and a $2,500 fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fbEqIt bit.ly/2fEPO0c
ARKANSAS
Larry Gray
DISPOSITION: 2002
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Larry Gray was charged with illegally casting more than 25 absentee ballots in other people’s names during the 2002 primary, but the sum total of his election fraud may have been much higher. The former sanitation director for the city applied for hundreds of ballots, successfully submitting 98 in the Democratic primary. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gray was likely not the only one running this type of scheme. After pleading guilty, Gray received two years’ probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fdgRMX bit.ly/2fif6x4 bit.ly/2eVcN62
Alexander Bronson
DISPOSITION: 2017
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Alexander Bronson, former Trustee for Manteca Unified School District, California, pleaded guilty to charges of voter fraud. He listed a false address in order to qualify for candidacy in the November 2014 Manteca Unified School District Board of Education election. He resigned from office and is awaiting sentencing.
SOURCES
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Ashley Drain
DISPOSITION: 2017
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Ashley Drain, a former Manteca Unified Trustee, was found guilty by a jury of four counts related to a violation of the welfare code and seven counts related to the election code. In the November 2014 election, she listed a fraudulent address on her paperwork that qualified her to run for the school board. She was scheduled to be sentenced on May 22, 2017, but her sentencing has been delayed to August.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tNHOx2
Jose Fragozo
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Jose Fragozo, a trustee on the Escondido Union School District Board, pleaded guilty to a felony charge that he voted in the 2014 general election while registered at an address where he did not live. Investigators determined that while he owned the property at that address, he actually lived at a nearby second home. The two properties lie in different board electoral zones, and California law requires elected officials to reside in the districts they represent. Fargozo claimed the false address as his residence shortly before announcing his candidacy for the board seat in that electoral zone. The remaining charges were dismissed pursuant to a plea agreement, in which Fragozo agreed to resign and not to seek electoral office for three years. The judge sentenced Fragozo to three years of probation, a single day in jail, 15 days of community service, and the payment of a fine and restitution which could total over $28,500.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fdaQjj bit.ly/2f1s9DJ
Maria C. Del Toro
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ballot Petition Fraud

In 2014, Maria C. Del Toro received $1,900 to collect signatures for a recall election effort against Salinas City Elementary School District Trustee, Janet Barnes. The recall ultimately failed, but during a random audit, the election department found significant discrepancies in the signatures submitted by Del Toro. She confessed to forging the signatures and pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to 40 days in jail, three years’ probation, and had to repay the $1,900.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eVepwG
Donald Dewsnup
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registration

Donald Dewsnup, a housing development activist in San Francisco, registered to vote using a false address. As part of a plea bargain, he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of false voter registration. He is awaiting sentencing but is expected to be sentenced to perform 100 hours of community service and three years probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2t9DXt6 bit.ly/2t9yTVZ
Mark Evans
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Mark Evans voted by absentee ballot in the November 2014 election. He then cast a second absentee ballot, this time in the name of his deceased father-in-law. Following an investigation by the District Attorney’s office and the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, the 62-year-old Ventura County resident was charged with misdemeanor voter fraud. He pleaded no contest and received three years’ probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fddq98
Richard Alarcon
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Richard Alarcon, a Los Angeles City Councilman, was convicted of three charges of voter fraud following a jury trial. He lied about where he lived in order to run for office and vote in a different jurisdiction than the place where he actually lived. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail, 600 hours of community service, and five years’ probation. He is also banned from running for public office.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sRKOrl lat.ms/1qAOBXr lat.ms/10na62g
Flora Montes de Oca
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registration

Flora Montes de Oca, the wife of Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, was convicted of voter fraud after she lied about her residence so that she could vote in the district her husband represented. She was sentenced to five years’ probation and 400 hours of community service and is barred from holding public office.
SOURCES
lat.ms/10na62g lat.ms/1qAOBXr lat.ms/10na62g
Kathleen Knox
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

In 2014, former auditor-controller candidate Kathleen Knox, who during the campaign pledged to “fight waste and fraud,” pleaded no contest to three counts of voter fraud. As a candidate for auditorcontroller, Knox put down a false address as her place of residence. She was fined and sentenced to three years of probation.
SOURCES
bayareane.ws/2sPQ0zv bit.ly/2tNtTXF bit.ly/2tsSTEk
Roderick Wright
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

State Sen. Roderick Wright (D–Inglewood) was convicted of eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud. He deliberately misled voters as to his residency in order to run for office in a neighboring district. Wright was sentenced to 90 days’ imprisonment, 1,500 hours of community service, and three years’ probation. He has also been permanently barred from holding elected office.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fdeB8E bit.ly/2eAnvMk
Vernon, CA
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: JUDICIAL FINDING
Election Overturned

A City Council election (originally decided by four votes) in Vernon, California is overturned when it is determined that five people who voted for the winner were not residents of the city, and two others had not properly mailed in their ballots. A new winner was subsequently named.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eAkX0E
Ricardo Lopez-Munguia
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Ricardo Lopez-Munguia, a Mexican who was deported decades ago for drug trafficking, pleaded guilty to living illegally in Escondido under a false identity and fraudulently voting in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2f1rpOK
Angel Perales and David Silva
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Officials in the small town of Cudahy took part in a widespread corruption scheme that included accepting cash bribes, abusing drugs at City Hall, and throwing out absentee ballots that favored election challengers. After a lengthy FBI Investigation of the 2007 and 2009 elections, the former head of code enforcement, Angel Perales, admitted to tampering with mail-in ballots in city elections by opening them and then resealing and submitting votes for incumbent candidates while discarding votes for challengers. He and Mayor David Silva pleaded guilty to bribery and extortion charges, although Perales’ plea agreement included his admission of election fraud. Silva was sentenced to one year in federal prison. Perales was sentenced to five years’ probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eAmnIk bit.ly/2eogLU5
Ken Mariette
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registration

Ken Mariette, former manager of the Mountain Gate Community Services District, pleaded no contest to felony charges of voting and registration fraud. Mariette used his girlfriend’s address to register to vote in Mountain Gate in 2004. He then worked for the district before becoming its manager. Mariette was sentenced to 36 months’ conditional release and was ordered to serve 30 days in an adult work program.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sOaq9a
Nativo Lopez
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Immigrant-Rights activist Nativo Lopez pleaded guilty to one count of voter registration fraud when it was discovered that he registered to vote in Los Angeles while living in Santa Ana. Lopez had been investigated for voter fraud before. In 1996 his organization registered new citizens to vote in an election that ultimately unseated Republican Rep. Bob Dornan from the 46th District. A House Oversight Committee report later concluded that 748 improper ballots had been cast, 624 of them from non-citizen immigrants. Despite the improperly cast votes, the result of that election was not changed. Lopez was sentenced to three years of probation and 400 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2feH52i
Eloise Garcia-Mohsin
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Former Palm Springs candidate Eloise Garcia-Mohsin was charged with two counts of voter fraud, three counts of perjury, and four counts of falsely filing election documents after lying about her residence so she could run for office. She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the state’s election code, was sentenced to 180 hours of community service, and disqualified from seeking or holding public office during a three-year period of probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2uVgqhI bit.ly/2tNcO37
Molly Morales
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Molly Morales received two mail-in ballots, one addressed to her and the other addressed to “Molly LaPointe.” Morales filled out and submitted both ballots in the fall 2009 St. Helena school board election. She pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of voter fraud. Morales was sentenced to three years’ probation, 150 hours of community service, a $1,100 fine, and was ordered to pay $4,080 in restitution to Napa County.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eAmKmc
Leonis and Domenica Malburg
DISPOSITION: 2009
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Former mayor of Vernon, Leonis Malburg, and his wife, Domenica, were convicted of fraudulent voting and voter registration fraud. Malburg, who had been mayor for 50 years prior to his resignation, and his wife did not live in Vernon and were thus ineligible to vote or to be candidates in that municipality. Leonis was barred from elected office, placed on five years’ probation, ordered to pay $183,800 in fines and penalty assessments, and more than $395,000 restitution to the city for salary, benefits, and travel. Domenica received three years’ probation and was ordered to pay $36,000 in fines and penalties.
SOURCES
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Mark Jacoby
DISPOSITION: 2009
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Owner of Young Political Majors, Mark Jacoby, pleaded guilty to voter fraud after he registered to vote at a childhood address where he no longer lived and at another address in the same voter precinct. He was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor and was ordered to complete 30 days of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eAp1xV
Don Cornell Williams
DISPOSITION: 2008
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Don Cornell Williams pleaded guilty to felony voter fraud charges. While working as a signature gatherer in Orange County, Williams registered an illegal immigrant and two teenagers who were too young to vote. Williams was sentenced to 61 days’ in jail and three years’ probation.
SOURCES
lat.ms/2eVtb6G
Christopher Kavanagh
DISPOSITION: 2008
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Christopher Kavanagh pleaded no contest to registering to vote in Berkeley when he lived in Oakland. He was sentenced to six months in jail, five years’ probation, and was ordered to pay a $10,835 fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eVfBAe
Mickensey Oliveria
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ballot Petition Fraud

Mickensey Oliveria pleaded no contest to ballot petition fraud. Oliveria was charged with providing a false affidavit for a referendum or recall petition or the signatures appended thereto.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sLHvGJ bit.ly/2sSa2Wl
Superior Court of California, Case #1090738
Jason Holly, Jessica Sundell, and Donahue Farrow
DISPOSITION: 2006
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Jason Holly and Jessica Sundell pleaded guilty in 2006 to a felony charge of fraudulent completion of an affidavit of registration, and were sentenced to three years’ probation. It was discovered that more than 100 people who thought they were signing petitions to cure breast cancer and punish child molesters were actually registering as Republicans in an elaborate vote-flipping scheme. Donahue Farrow pleaded guilty in 2008 for his involvement in this scheme. He was sentenced to 46 days in jail and three years’ probation. Five others have also pleaded guilty over their involvement in this scheme.
SOURCES
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Roger Treskunoff
DISPOSITION: 2006
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations, Ballot Petition Fraud

A former Hayward County school board candidate pleaded guilty to registering fictitious voters and falsifying ballot initiatives, both felonies. Treskunoff was initially charged with over 40 felonies. He was sentenced to one year in prison, followed by five years’ probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fdfGgI bit.ly/2fdgCSl
Trina Stevenson
DISPOSITION: 2005
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Trina Stevenson pleaded guilty to voter registration fraud. Stevenson was required to pay a fine and serve probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sSa2Wl bit.ly/2sRLr3R
Superior Court of California, Case #1088984
Edward Barquet and Michelle Corrall
DISPOSITION: 2002
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Working as GOP voter registration employees during the 2000 general election, Edward Barquet and his girlfriend, Michelle Corrall, sought to capitalize on a $4 bounty for each Republican voter successfully registered. The pair submitted multiple fraudulent registrations, which included false information and forged signatures. Following their guilty pleas, a judge sentenced each of them to serve four months in jail and pay a $220 fine, followed by five years’ probation.
SOURCES
lat.ms/2fituVL

Compton, CA
DISPOSITION: 2001
OUTCOME: JUDICIAL FINDING
Election Overturned

A 2001 election in Compton turned into a multi-year legal drama as candidates for city council and mayor traded accusations of fraud. In the election, incumbent Mayor Omar Bradley lost to challenger Eric Perrodin by 281 votes, and Leslie Irving (a Perrodin ally) defeated Melanie Andrews for an open city council seat. Bradley sued, alleging fraud, including allegations that Irving illegally registered non-citizens. Superior Court Judge Judith Chirlin overturned the election, returning Bradley to power based on the fact that the city clerk had improperly placed Perrodin’s name at the top of the ballot rather than select the order randomly. Chirlin also found that Irving had indeed helped noncitizens to register and vote in the election, and removed Irving from office and replaced her with Andrews. On appeal, Chirlin’s ruling was partially overturned. The appellate court acknowledged that Perrodin had benefited from a “primacy effect,” but this was insufficient to overturn the election. The appellate court upheld the removal of Irving from office, but held that Judge Chirlin should have ordered a new election rather than simply replace her with Andrews.
SOURCES
lat.ms/2ffcCkG lat.ms/2fdAKUi lat.ms/2e3289Y
Angelo Felix Abad
DISPOSITION: 2017
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ballot Petition Fraud

Angelo Felix Abad forged at least one signature while circulating petitions to place a minimum wage increase on the 2016 ballot. He ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of felony forgery. He now faces a maximum possible sentence of up to six years’ imprisonment, and was sentenced on April 7, 2017.
SOURCES
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Maureen Marie Moss
DISPOSITION: 2017
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ballot Petition Fraud

While working for Black Diamond Outreach, a Denver-based community outreach organization, Maureen Marie Moss forged 34 signatures on petitions she was circulating to get U.S. Senate candidate Jon Keyser on the ballot for the June 2016 primary. Moss ultimately pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to four years’ probation on each count. She was also ordered to complete 250 hours of community service.
SOURCES
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Toni Lee Newbill
DISPOSITION: 2017
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Toni Lee Newbill pleaded guilty to voting twice using her deceased father’s name to do so, once in the 2013 general election and again in the Republican primary of 2016. Newbill was sentenced to 18 months of unsupervised probation and 30 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and additional court fees.
SOURCES
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Carol Hannah
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Carol Hannah, was registered to vote in Mohave County, Arizona, and Adams County, Colorado, and was convicted of voter fraud for voting in both states during the 2010 election. Hannah’s double voting was detected by the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, a system in which Arizona shares voter data with at least 20 other states. She was convicted and sentenced to three years’ supervised probation and $1,000 in fines.
SOURCES
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Vitaliy B. Grabchenko
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Grabchenko pleaded guilty to procuring a false registration (by providing a false registration to vote), a misdemeanor. He was given a two-year deferred sentence with two years of supervised probation, and was ordered to complete 48 hours of community service.
SOURCES
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Brittany Curtis
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

In 2012, Brittany Curtis pleaded guilty to attempting to influence a public servant when she forged signatures and voter information on a ballot petition. She was given a deferred sentence of two years and fined $1,653.50.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2uvEzv6 bit.ly/2uPz7m4
David Harold Shackley
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Following a jury trial, a Colorado man was found guilty of voting twice, a misdemeanor, in county elections in 2008 and 2009. Shackley voted early in one county, and then by mail in another. Despite having been warned against voting multiple times after the 2008 election, he did so again in 2009.
SOURCES
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John McCarthy
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registration

In 2004, John McCarthy was hired by Choose 2 Vote (a campaign finance company) to register new voters. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to producing false voter registration applications. He was sentenced to three years in jail.
SOURCES
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Winston Keyes
DISPOSITION: 2006
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Winston Keyes, of Denver, Colorado, pleaded guilty to voting twice in the 2005 general election. He forged his mother’s signature on her absentee ballot, despite the fact that his mother had died in July of that year. He was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay court costs.
SOURCES
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Ajmal Shah
DISPOSITION: 2005
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Ajmal Shah was convicted in 2005 on two counts of voter fraud after Shah attempted to register to vote by providing fabricated information regarding U.S. citizenship. Shah was sentenced to time served, in addition to one year of supervised release for the first count and three years of supervised release for the second count, to be served concurrently, and fined $200 in fees.
SOURCES
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Christina Ayala
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Former state representative Christina Ayala pleaded guilty to two counts of providing a false statement and was sentenced to a suspended one-year prison term followed by two years of conditional discharge. Ayala had voted in a series of elections, including the 2012 presidential election, in districts in which she did not live. When confronted about residency discrepancies by state investigators, Ayala fabricated evidence to corroborate her false residency claims. Before agreeing to a plea deal, she faced eight counts of fraudulent voting, 10 counts of primary or enrollment violations, and one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. As a condition of her plea deal, she is barred from seeking elected office for two years.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fEQGlx
Minnie Gonzalez
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

The State Elections Enforcement Commission ruled that State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez was “knowingly present” while four voters fraudulently filled out absentee ballots at City Hall during the 2006 election. She was fined $4,500 by the Commission. Gonzalez appealed the fine but lost in the state Superior Court.
SOURCES
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Lydia Martinez
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

City Councilwoman Lydia Martinez admitted to illegally assisting in the filling out of absentee ballots, as well as encouraging those not eligible to vote absentee to do so. Martinez targeted residents of an assisted living home, Harborview Towers. She was ordered by the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission to pay a $500 fine. This was not the first time she was fined by the Commission: In 2008, she was found liable to pay $664 to the Citizens Election Fund for the excess expenditures her campaign committee made for her failed run for the State House.
SOURCES
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Carlos Lopez
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
False Registrations

Carlos Lopez and his wife, Luz Lopez, registered to vote and voted on three separate occasions (2004, 2006, and 2007) in Hartford, where they own a furniture store, while actually living in Farmington. Lopez and his wife were ordered to pay a civil penalty to the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission in the amount of $2,000.
SOURCES
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Luz Lopez
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
False Registrations

Luz Lopez and her husband, Carlos Lopez, registered to vote and voted on three separate occasions (2004, 2006, and 2007) in Hartford, where they own a furniture store, while actually living in Farmington. Lopez and her husband were ordered to pay a civil penalty to the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission in the amount of $2,000.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tmjN2r
Lillian Cummings Stevenson
DISPOSITION: 2009
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

In 2009, Lillian Cummings Stevenson agreed to a consent order after the State Elections Enforcement Commission found her guilty of illegally signing and submitting two absentee ballot request forms on behalf of her sons, who were living in Europe. She was given a $200 fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2u4lhzT
Prenzina Holloway
DISPOSITION: 2005
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Prenzina Holloway, of Hartford, Connecticut, voted using another voter’s absentee ballot in the 2004 Democratic primary. She was ordered to pay a civil penalty to the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission in the amount of $10,000, but she was only required to pay $2,000 because of financial hardship. Ironically, she was later hired by the Hartford Democratic registrar of voters to work in connection with a 2009 municipal election.
SOURCES
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Eva Corrigan
DISPOSITION: 2003
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Eva Corrigan admitted to failing to co-sign the absentee ballots of those she assisted. She was ordered by the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission to pay a $100 civil penalty.
SOURCES
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Barnaby Horton
DISPOSITION: 2003
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Former state representative Barnaby Horton was charged with absentee ballot fraud after he was caught inducing elderly residents to cast absentee ballots for him. After a lengthy court battle, he pleaded guilty to felony charges of ballot fraud and agreed to pay a $10,000 fine, one of the largest fines ever imposed by the State Elections Enforcement Commission. A Superior Court judge sentenced Horton to two years’ probation and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service.
SOURCES
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Hector Riellano
DISPOSITION: 2002
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Hector Riellano admitted to failing to acknowledge assisting someone with the filing of their absentee ballot. He was fined $350 by the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2u4xi8p
Dolores Scalesse
DISPOSITION: 2002
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Ballot Petition Fraud

Dolores Scalesse admitted to violating Connecticut law by falsely claiming she was a witness to all the signatures on a state petition. She entered into a consent agreement with the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission and was ordered to pay a $250 civil penalty.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2u4xi8p

Michael Singh
DISPOSITION: 2002
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Ineligible Voting

Michael Singh, of Stratford, CT, registered to vote, voted, and eventually was elected to the town council despite the fact that he is not a U.S. citizen. An immigrant from Jamaica, he registered to vote in 1999, ran unsuccessfully for state senate in 2000, and won a seat on the Stratford town council in 2001, where he became majority leader. The Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission later found that he was not a U.S. citizen and required that he pay $4,000 in fines and resign from his position.
SOURCES
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Sybil Allen
DISPOSITION: 2001
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Sybil Allen, while serving as a Democrat on the Bridgeport Town Committee, engaged in a range of absentee ballot-related fraud. Allen completed ballot applications in the name of residents, forged signatures, and on at least one occasion got a voter to forge a ballot registration form for a family member who no longer lived in the community. Allen also told one voter that a candidate was not on the ballot and watched voters fill out their ballots before taking possession of them. Allen eventually agreed to pay a civil fine of
$5,000 and was barred from running for re-election for two years.
Warren Blunt
DISPOSITION: 2001
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Warren Blunt, a city councilman in Bridgeport, pleaded guilty to being present while people cast their absentee ballots and subsequently taking those ballots while running for re-election in the town’s Democratic primary. The State of Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission fined Blunt $2,500 and required him to resign from the town committee. He was also barred from running for elected office again for two years.
Ronald Caveness
DISPOSITION: 2001
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

As part of a “get out the vote” campaign leading up to the 2000 election, Ronald Caveness admitted to distributing absentee ballots, being present while people filled them out, and then collecting them. After an investigation by the Connecticut Elections Enforcement
Commission, he agreed to resign from the Democratic Town Committee, not seeking re-election for two years, and pay a fine of $4,000, which was eventually reduced to $1,000.
Paulette Park
DISPOSITION: 2001
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Paulette Park, while working for a candidate for Bridgeport’s 2000 Democratic Town Committee primary election, illegally persuaded voters to list false reasons for requesting absentee ballots, assisted them in applying for absentee ballots, and took possession of the absentee ballots after watching voters fill them out. The State of Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission fined her $5,000 and banned her from working on future campaigns.
George Cabrera, Jr.
DISPOSITION: 2000
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

George Cabrera, Jr., entered into a settlement with State of Connecticut Election Enforcement Commission. Cabrera admitted to observing a resident fill out an absentee ballot before taking possession of that ballot during the Democratic primary for town council. Cabrera agreed to pay a $750 fine.

Carlos Reinoso
DISPOSITION: 2000
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Ineligible Voting

Carlos Reiniso admitted to voting in the 2000 election, when he was ineligible to do so. After an investigation by the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission, he agreed to pay $250 fine.
Liz Diaz
DISPOSITION: 1997
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Liz Diaz, a former 4th District town committee member in Hartford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit election fraud and to witness tampering after she registered ineligible voters to receive absentee ballots and intimidated a witness to lie about her reason for requesting an absentee ballot in a court hearing regarding the 1996 Democratic town committee election. She was sentenced to two months in jail.
SOURCES
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Virgen Figueroa
DISPOSITION: 1997
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Virgen Figueroa, a former town committee member from Hartford, pleaded guilty to absentee ballot fraud and forgery. In a plot with several other individuals to elect Democrat candidates for town committee in the 1996 election, Figueroa registered ineligible voters to receive absentee ballots and helped them to mark their ballots. She was sentenced to two months in jail.
SOURCES
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Edwin E. Garcia
DISPOSITION: 1996
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Edwin E. Garcia, a former lawmaker and Hartford Police Sergeant, pleaded no contest to three felony counts of absentee ballot fraud, tampering with a witness, and accepting an illegal campaign contribution. Garcia and his campaign workers systematically registered hundreds of young voters and furnished many with absentee ballots that they neither qualified for nor understood. He received a sentence of one year of house arrest.
SOURCES
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Jacqueline Rogers
DISPOSITION: 1994
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent use of Absentee Ballots

Jacqueline Rogers was a campaign worker for James Holloway, a candidate for City Council. In the 1993 primary, she was paid $150 to dress up in a nurse’s uniform with a certified nurse nametag and solicit “emergency” absentee ballots from patients. She instructed at least one voter to cast her ballot for Holloway. The primary was ultimately decided in Holloway’s favor by just nine votes. The Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission barred her from participating in political campaigns for five years.
SOURCES
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Curtis Mouning
DISPOSITION: 1991
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Curtis Mouning, a campaign volunteer for State Representative Mario Testa during the 1990 election, admitted to signing the names of five of his friends and family members to request absentee ballots to vote in the primary. He was ordered to pay a civil penalty to the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission in the amount of $500.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tNpunG

Ernest Newton
DISPOSITION: 1988
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Ernest Newton, a former state senator, agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1,000 for assisting in filling out someone else’s absentee ballot. Newton illegally filled out and mailed an absentee ballot for Ada Crosby. The fraud occurred in the 1988 primary while Newton was a state senate candidate in the 124th District. Following his election, he was imprisoned after accepting a bribe, using campaign contributions for personal expenses, and failing to report improper income on his federal tax return. In 2015, Newton was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for campaign finance violations stemming from having three campaign workers fraudulently sign donation cards in order for the campaign to reach the threshold to qualify for state matching funds.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2oK27sa cour.at/2pm8u8S bit.ly/2pmpSKO
Anthony Grant
DISPOSITION: 2017
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Former Eatonville Mayor Anthony Grant was convicted of a felony voting fraud charge, a felony election violation, and misdemeanor absentee voting violations. During the 2015 election while he was running for election, he coerced absentee voters to cast ballots for him. In at least one case, Grant personally solicited an absentee vote from a non-resident of Eatonville. Grant, who had previously served as mayor, lost the in-person vote, but still won the election with more than twice the number of absentee ballots than were cast for incumbent Bruce Mount. Following his indictment, Grant was suspended by Florida Governor Rick Scott. He was sentenced to 400 hours of community service and four years’ probation.
SOURCES
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Mia Antoinette Nowells
DISPOSITION: 2017
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots, Voter Intimidation

Mia Antoinette Nowells, a campaign worker for former Eatonville Mayor Anthony Grant, was found guilty of coercing Layota Jackson to vote for Grant in the 2015 election. Nowells was charged with intimidating voters and tampering with absentee ballots. She was sentenced to two years’ probation and 200 hours of community service.
SOURCES
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Annique Lesage Newton
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Newton, a serial fraudster, was convicted of embezzlement, insurance fraud, and voter fraud, and sentenced to eight years in prison and 15 years’ probation after violating her probation stemming from a 2009 case in which she stole $400,000 from her employer. The vote fraud charges stemmed from registering to vote without informing election officials that she was a convicted felon.
SOURCES
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Eric Haynes
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
False Registrations

Eric Haynes, a Lauderdale Lakes City Commissioner, voted using a false address in the 2012 general election. He had moved to a different precinct before Election Day, but he still certified at the polls that he was living at his former address. He was fined $500 by the Florida Election Commission.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sVxOVy
William Hazard
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

William Hazard, 53, of West Boynton, pleaded guilty to one felony voter registration charge and three misdemeanor charges of attempting to submit false voter registration information. He was initially charged with multiple counts of false voter registration. He was sentenced to 10 days in the county jail, 36 months’ probation, and was ordered to pay a $7,500 fine. Hazard was hired by a consulting firm to register Republican voters; in the process he illegally switched party registrations for multiple voters and even registered his uncle, an Iowa resident, to vote in Florida.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fvW7DS
James Webb Baker
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Miscellaneous

James Webb Baker, of Seattle, pleaded guilty to ID Fraud and intimidation of voters. Responding to perceived suppression of Hispanic voters who favored Democrat candidates, Baker mailed fake county election documents to Palm Beach County, Florida, residents demanding proof of citizenship to avoid having their voter registrations cancelled. Nearly 200 residents were targeted, all with connections to the Republican Party.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eVhOLE
Deisy Penton de Cabrera
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Deisy Cabrera pleaded guilty to charges of being an absentee ballot broker (boletera) as part of a massive absentee voter fraud scheme. Her notebook contained the names and addresses of over 500 voters who were mostly elderly Hispanics in Hialeah. The lists, titled Deisy’s Voters, reportedly included information as to whether the voter was illiterate or was blind, deaf, or had Alzheimer’s. She was sentenced to one year of probation.
SOURCES
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Jeffrey Garcia
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Chief of Staff to Florida Rep. Joe Garcia (D–26), Jeffrey Garcia, resigned and pleaded guilty to orchestrating a plot involving the submission of hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests during the primary in 2012. Garcia was sentenced to 90 days in prison and 18 months’ probation. He was ordered to spend the first three months of probation under house arrest.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2f1x2MN
Onakia Lanet Griffin
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Onakia Lanet Griffin, a convicted felon who was not eligible to vote, was convicted of two counts of voter fraud and one count of false swearing. Griffin had  previously been convicted of wire fraud, identification theft, and identity fraud. Griffin registered to vote on June 5, 2012, and falsely claimed that she was not a convicted felon. She subsequently admitted to voting in the 2012 presidential election. Griffin was sentenced to a fine of $1079.50 and 23 days’ incarceration.
SOURCES
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Rebekah Joy Paul
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Rebekah Joy Paul pleaded guilty to falsifying voter registrations prior to the 2012 general election. While employed as a voter registration worker with a political consulting firm hired by the Republican Party, she created false voter registrations. She and her co-conspirator admitted to faking 27 registrations for Duval County. She was sentenced to community service.
SOURCES
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Christian David Price
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Christian David Price, a campaign worker in Florida, pleaded guilty to falsifying voter registrations in the 2012 election. While employed as voter registration worker with a political consulting firm hired by the Republican Party, he created false voter registrations. He and his co-conspirator admitted to faking 27 registrations for Duval County. He was sentenced to community service.
SOURCES
pbpo.st/2sTqE4A
Josef Sever
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Josef Sever was charged and convicted of illegal voting. Sever was a Canadian citizen who nonetheless cast a ballot in two presidential elections. He also lied about his citizenship status to obtain a firearm. He was convicted and sentenced to five months in prison and almost certain deportation to Canada.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fvQwha
Sergio Robaina
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Absentee Ballot Fraud

Sergio Robaina (the uncle of former Hialeah mayor) was charged with illegally collecting absentee ballots, a misdemeanor, and with felony voter fraud charges for allegedly filling out a ballot against the wishes of two voters, one of them a woman with dementia. Robaina pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of illegal possession of absentee ballots and was sentenced to one year of probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eopxl5
Maurice Childress, Kashawn John,
Liltovia Rhodes, Carlos Torres, Evangeline Williams, Lilkevia Williams, and Richard Williams
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

ACORN voter registration canvassers Maurice Childress, Kashawn John, Liltovia Rhodes, Carlos Torres, Evangeline Williams, Lilkevia Williams, and Richard Williams, were convicted of false swearing in an election in Miami as part of a scheme to submit fraudulent voter registration applications. They received sentences ranging from 72 days to 10 months in prison.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eeeK9D
Greg “Charlie” Burke
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Greg “Charlie” Burke was found guilty of voter fraud in the third degree, a felony, for living and voting in one county while holding an elected post in another. He was sentenced to two years’ probation.
SOURCES
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Mohsin Ali
DISPOSITION: 2006
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Mohsin Ali, a non-citizen, pleaded guilty to unlawful voting by an alien. Ali was sentenced to two years’ probation, and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and a $25 court fee.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sUAtPw
States v. Mohsin Ali, 4:05-CR-47 (2006)
Usman Ali Chaudhary
DISPOSITION: 2005
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

On May 18, 2005, a jury found Usman Ali Chaudhary, also known as Usman Ali, guilty of making a false claim regarding his citizenship status on his driver’s license and voter registration applications. Chaudhary was sentenced to three years’ probation, $3,000 in fines, and $100 in court costs.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sUAtPw
Ricardo Knight
DISPOSITION: 2005
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Vote

In Miami-Dade County, legal permanent resident Ricardo Knight admitted to immigration officials that he had voted in the extremely close 2000 presidential election. He was convicted and sentenced to a year of probation and fined $500.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fbPjKf
Egbert Rickman
DISPOSITION: 2005
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Egbert Rickman entered a plea of no contest to a charge that he knowingly voted in an election despite being a non-citizen. Rickman was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to pay a $250 fine.
SOURCES
US v. Rickman, Case #04-CR-20491 in Florida
Astrid Natalia Torres-Perez
DISPOSITION: 2005
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Astrid Natalia Torres-Perez pleaded guilty to charges that she voted despite being a non-citizen and therefore ineligible. She was sentenced to one year of probation.
SOURCES
US v. Torres-Perez, Case #04-CR-14046 in Florida
Kenneth Bennett
DISPOSITION: 2004
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Kenneth Bennett pleaded guilty to knowingly voting in a U.S. election while not a U.S. citizen. He was sentenced to three months’ probation, barred from owning a firearm, and assessed a $250 fine.
SOURCES
U.S. v. Bennett, Case #04-CR-14048 in Florida.
Elizabeth Bain Knight
DISPOSITION: 2004
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Elizabeth Bain Knight pleaded guilty to election fraud. She had voted in a U.S. election despite the fact that she was not a citizen. She was sentenced to three months’ probation, barred from owning a firearm, and fined $250.
SOURCES
U.S. v. Bain Knight, Case #04-CR- 14047 in Florida.
Jobero Lubin
DISPOSITION: 2004
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Jobero Lubin pleaded guilty to knowingly voting in a U.S. election while not a U.S. citizen. He was sentenced to one year’s probation.
SOURCES
U.S. v. Lubin, Case #04-CR-60163 in Florida.
Syble McKenzie
DISPOSITION: 2004
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Syble McKenzie pleaded guilty to election fraud after she voted despite being a non-citizen. She was sentenced to one year’s probation and 30 hours’ community service.
SOURCES
U.S. v. McKenzie, Case #04-CR-60160 in Florida.
Jerry St. Clair O’Neil
DISPOSITION: 2004
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Jerry St. Clair O’Neil pleaded guilty to knowingly voting in a U.S. election while not a U.S. citizen. He was sentenced to one year’s probation and fined $250.
SOURCES
U.S. v. O’Neil, Case #04-CR-60165 in Florida.
Christiana Phillip
DISPOSITION: 2004
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Christiana Phillips was convicted of voting in a U.S. election while not a U.S. citizen. She was sentenced to three months’ probation.
SOURCES
U.S. v. Phillip, Case #04-CR- 80103 in Florida.
Troy Shivdayal
DISPOSITION: 2004
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Troy Shivdayal pleaded guilty to knowingly voting in a U.S. election while not a U.S. citizen. He was sentenced to one year’s probation and fined $250.
SOURCES
U.S. v. Shivdayal, Case #04-CR-60164 in Florida.
Rafael Antonio Velasquez
DISPOSITION: 2003
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Rafael Antonio Velasquez, a former candidate for the Florida House, was convicted in 2003 for having voted twice before he became a U.S. citizen.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fbJpZG bit.ly/2eVlpJV
Gilda Oliveros
DISPOSITION: 2000
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Hialeah Gardens Mayor Gilda Oliveros was convicted of six charges that ranged from voter fraud to asking two of her former employees to murder her then-husband so she could cash in on a $45,000 life insurance policy. She was sentenced to 4.8 years in state prison, but was released on a $100,000 bond to appeal her sentence.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2feQRkY bit.ly/2f1tVok
Jose De Goti Sr.
DISPOSITION: 1999
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Jose De Goti Sr. pleaded guilty to four counts of felony voter fraud for falsely registering a Miami police officer and his wife so they could cast fraudulent ballots in the 1997 Miami mayoral election. He was sentenced to six months in jail, six months of house arrest, and one year of probation, in addition to a $10,000 fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2rUXr44
Humberto Hernandez
DISPOSITION: 1998
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Humberto Hernandez was convicted of being an accessory to covering up fraud and removed from office after it was discovered that hundreds of fraudulent absentee ballots were cast in his favor. He was sentenced to a one-year prison term.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eVnRA2 bit.ly/2fEUeUW
Hialeah, FL
DISPOSITION: 1996
OUTCOME: JUDICIAL FINDING
Election Overturned

The results of the 1993 mayoral election in Hialeah were voided by a Dade County judge after the discovery of several forged absentee ballots. The judge found that one of the candidates had a 2-to-1 advantage in absentee ballots, which he attributed to “overzealous” campaign workers at an elderly home in addition to several nonresidents and mentally incompetent people voting.
SOURCES
lat.ms/2sTJt7V bit.ly/2tsQlWy
Hardee County
DISPOSITION: 1992
OUTCOME: JUDICIAL FINDING
Election Overturned

Three campaign supporters illegally submitted absentee ballots during the 1992 Hardee County sheriff election. Although a grand jury found that no criminal intent was involved, the election was thrown out and a new one was ordered.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sVDrTB

Mohammad Shafiq
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Mohammad Shafiq had a disagreement with Madison County sheriff candidate Clayton Lowe, and thought he would get back at the man by helping his opponent win the 2012 election. Shafiq fraudulently submitted voter registrations cards and–in the face of accusations–coerced a couple, Bennie and Margaret Pierce, to sign affidavits intended to exonerate him. Upon investigation, his ruse was discovered, and he was charged with two counts of perjury, three counts of tampering with evidence, and two counts of voter identification fraud. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years’ probation with a fine of $6,750.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fETwHh bit.ly/2eAwQUb
Edwin Morris, Alexia Williams, and Kim Ross
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Ballot Petition Fraud

The Georgia State Election Board imposed penalties against Edwin Morris and Alexia Williams in 2011 for their roles in forging signatures to get David Osborne on the 2008 Chatham County Commission ballot. Morris received a reprimand and a 10-year suspension from campaign involvement. Williams was fined $300. In 2012, the Board ordered Kim Ross to pay a $300 fine for her involvement in the forging scheme.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2finNY5 bit.ly/2f1vqTd
James Parker
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: OFFICIAL FINDING
False Registrations

James Parker was found guilty of an administrative violation of registering to vote under an address at which he did not live. He was given a cease-and-desist order issued by the Georgia State Election Board, as well as a public reprimand.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sM065L
Doyle Stone and Greg Stone
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Former Twiggs County Sheriff Doyle Stone and his son, Greg Stone, were investigated for mishandling absentee ballots in Greg Stone’s 2008 primary campaign for sheriff. Absentee voters complained that Doyle Stone coerced them into voting for Greg Stone, and then took their ballots rather than allow them to be mailed in. Greg Stone lost the election by a wide margin. Both men agreed to pay $300 in civil fines.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fdiytS bit.ly/2fw11AN bit.ly/2eAsEUA
Stephen Watson
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: OFFICIAL FINDING
False Registrations

Stephen Watson was found guilty of an administrative violation of registering to vote under an address at which he did not live. He was given a cease-and-desist order issued by the Georgia State Election Board, as well as a public reprimand.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sM065L
Carleton Vines, Albert Palmour, Dorothy Gilreath, Steve Chappelear, Sidney Johnson, Lois Reed, and Anthony Sparks
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Carleton Vines and his accomplices ran an absentee ballot fraud operation designed to rig the 2006 election in which Vines won election as a state court judge. Vines’s co-conspirators acted as “runners,” illegally “assisting” voters in filling out their absentee ballots. In many cases, ballots were transported by the conspirators to Vines’s law office before being subsequently mailed. The group signed a consent decree with the state board of election, acknowledging their actions and accepting a public reprimand. Vines was fined $15,000.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fim0lT bit.ly/2f1x5bK bit.ly/2eVjKns
Michael Douglas, Jr. and Olin Gibson
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Buying Votes, Duplicate Voting

Former Dodge County Sheriff Michael Douglas, Jr., and Deputy Sheriff Olin Gibson pleaded guilty to election fraud in connection with Douglas’ first campaign for sheriff in 2004. Douglas pleaded guilty to conspiracy to buy votes and to voting more than once, and Gibson pleaded guilty to buying a vote for Douglas.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2f1yQFA
Tommy Raney and Debra Brown
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Tommy Raney, a 2007 candidate for the Jackson City Council, and his campaign worker, Debra Brown, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit absentee ballot fraud for mishandling more than 40 absentee ballots in the 2007 Jackson City Council race. Raney had won the election by 27 votes. Both were sentenced to two years’ probation.  Raney was fined $158,000, and Brown was fined $20,000.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2e2LqYm bit.ly/2f1yAXk
James Bryant, Jr.
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

James Bryant, Jr. admitted to improperly assisting voters in completing their absentee ballots in the 2005 Americus mayoral election. Bryant was a candidate in that election, and on at least six occasions, he helped voters fill out information on their ballot mailers without signing the requisite oath indicating he had provided the assistance. He was ordered by the State Election Board to pay a $600 fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fjz1g1
Jerry Metts
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Jerry Metts was investigated for helping illegal aliens cast absentee ballots in Atkinson County during a 2004 county commission election. He was fined $80,000 by the State Election Board.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2f1yAXk

Jackson Jones, Don McCranie, and Doyce Mullis
DISPOSITION: 1997
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Buying Votes

Jackson Jones, Don McCranie and Doyce Mullis, Dodge County sheriff, commissioner, and former commissioner, respectively, were convicted of conspiracy to buy votes. The harshest sentence went to McCranie, who received a 30-month prison term, three years of probation, 150 hours of community service, and $5,000 in fines. Sheriff Jones was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Doyce Mullis was sentenced to one year in prison, three years of supervised release, 100 of community service, and a $5,000 fine. They were the last of 27 people to be sentenced in the election fraud case, which state investigators said also included cases of double voting, felon voting, and at least one ballot being cast in the name of a dead person.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2e2GZwY bit.ly/2eVls8j
HAWAII
Tiffany Edwards Hunt
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
False Registrations

Tiffany Edwards Hunt, a former candidate for the Hawaii County Council, pleaded no contest to a Class C felony voter registration charge. Prior to her 2014 campaign, Hunt had claimed her husband’s surf shop as her primary residence, allowing her to vote in a district in which she did not reside. She switched her residency back to her home in District 5 so she could run for office. She ultimately lost by 274 votes. Her plea of no contest resulted in the dismissal of charges, but she was nevertheless assessed a $500 fine for the violation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2m8d8GJ bit.ly/2mcwwiF
HAWAII
Ross Segawa, Clifford Uwaine, Debra Kawaoka, and Brian Minaai
DISPOSITION: 1982
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

In 1982, 27 individuals participated in an illegal scheme to boost Honolulu voter registrations for candidate Ross Segawa.  Segawa was convicted on 10 counts of election fraud, criminal solicitation, and evidence tampering. Segawa served a year in prison and was expelled from law school. State Sen. Clifford Uwaine was convicted of conspiring to illegally register voters and served three months in jail; and Debra Kawaoka, an aide to Uwaine who also played a part in the false registration, served numerous weekends in prison. Brian Minaai and the other students each pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fbLvIW
Christopher Billups
DISPOSITION: 2017
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Christopher Billups, a 62-year-old man from Lapwai, Idaho, pleaded guilty to attempting to vote in both Washington and Idaho. Billups was ordered to pay $2,490 in fees for false statements under oath and was sentenced to 364 days in jail (later suspended) and one year of probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2uPAAJ5 bit.ly/2tvAQxy
Kay Annette Hansen
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Kay Annete Hansen pleaded guilty to attempting to vote when not qualified or repeat voting. She was placed on probation and required to pay $287.50 in fines and court costs.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tvAQxy
Richard A. Keane
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: DIVERSION PROGRAM
False Registrations

Richard Keane of Nez Perce County was charged with perjury, illegal registration, and illegal voting or interference with an election. Keane registered to vote using two addresses (one was an old residence where he no longer resided). He pleaded guilty to illegal registration (a misdemeanor) and was sentenced to one year unsupervised probation, and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, and $87.50 in court costs.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tE3ApP bit.ly/2tJxh7j bit.ly/2v85IE8 (Case #CR-2010-0006825)

Susan Rose Harris
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Susan Rose Harris pleaded guilty to charges of illegal registrations (Idaho Code 18-2322) in the 2009 election in Coer D’Alene. She was sentenced to three months’ probation and a $200 fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tWzajN
Nancy Elaine White
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: DIVERSION PROGRAM
False Registration

Nancy White voted in the 2009 Coeur d’Alene city election, while actually residing outside the city limits. She pleaded no contest to charges of “illegal registration by voter,” a violation of Idaho Code 18-2322. She was fined $200 and required to serve three months’ unsupervised probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2rCeJDT bit.ly/2rUX0qP
Thomas Gordon Stevens
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Stevens was found guilty of illegal voting or interference with an election and illegal registration. These charges stem from the primary election in May of 2010. He was given two years’ probation and 180 days in jail, which were later suspended.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sZPYGG bit.ly/2v85IE8 (Case #CR-2010-0011469-MD)
Walter A. Coiner
DISPOSITION: 2009
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

Walter A. Coiner pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor voter fraud charge after acknowledging that he tried voting twice in the November 2008 election. He voted by absentee ballot in Twin Falls and in person in Ketchum. Coiner was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation, 40 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay a $375 fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2feTLpP bit.ly/2fimUin
William Burl Clayton III
DISPOSITION: 2005
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ballot Petition Fraud

William Burl Clayton III was charged with illegally signing an initiative petition in relation to the 2004 general election in Bonneville County, Idaho. He was convicted in 2005, and was given two years’ probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sZPYGG bit.ly/2v85IE8 (Case #CR-2004-0017912-FE)
Patty Kae McCammon
DISPOSITION: 2005
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ballot Petition Fraud

Patty Kae McCammon pleaded guilty to illegally signing an initiative petition in relation to the 2004 general election in Bonneville County, Idaho. She was sentenced to two years’ probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2v85IE8 (Case #CR-2004-0017920-FE) bit.ly/2sZPYGG

Jason Jay Goodson
DISPOSITION: 2004
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ballot Petition Fraud

Goodson was convicted of falsifying or forging public records and wrongful signing of a ballot petition (a felony charge) in connection with the 2004 general election. He was found guilty.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eVn6XH
Steveland Kidd
DISPOSITION: 2017
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Steveland Kidd pleaded guilty to two counts of violating absentee ballots during a municipal election in April 2013. Kidd took possession of, and delivered, an absentee ballot to election authorities despite not being legally allowed to do so. The crime is a Class Three felony.  Kidd was sentenced to 12 days in the St. Clair County Jail and is now barred from engaging in campaign-related activities or electioneering.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2pzQokH bit.ly/2pj3lMZ cbsloc.al/2oxiBZB
Brian McDouglar
DISPOSITION: 2017
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Brian McDouglar, a resident of Cahokia, Illinois, was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of falsifying or tampering with an absentee ballot, a class 3 felony. McDouglar illegally took an absentee ballot from a voter he was not related to and then placed that ballot in the mail.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2q8fIye bit.ly/2oMOo4E bit.ly/2pA2ASL
Audrey Cook
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Audrey Cook, a Madison County election judge, sent in a ballot marked for Donald Trump in the 2016 election on behalf of her recently deceased husband. She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted violation of the election code in exchange for dropping a felony perjury charge.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2emmVkc bit.ly/2uMVMR9 bit.ly/2eaxk7f
Brian McDouglar
DISPOSITION: 2015
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Brian McDouglar was convicted of falsifying or tampering with an absentee ballot. He was sentenced to two years in prison for the Class C felony.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sVGTOb bit.ly/2t0jmwq
Augustus Stacker, Jr.
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Augustus Stacker, Jr., of Belleville, Illinois, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of a violation of absentee ballots. He assisted in manipulating up to 27 fraudulent absentee ballots in a municipal election. Stacker was sentenced to 18 months of conditional discharge and required to pay court costs.
SOURCES
cbsloc.al/2u4jScl bit.ly/2uN3pa0 bit.ly/2u9Awa6 (Case #13CF0066301)
Pamela Bryant
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballot

Pamela Bryant, of Cahokia, pleaded guilty to three counts of incorrectly marking an absentee ballot. She received probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sVGTOb bit.ly/2sAGtdB
Monica LaPlant
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballot

Monica LaPlant, of Cahokia, was charged with incorrectly marking an absentee ballot in the 2013 election. She was given probation after pleading guilty.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sVGTOb
Maria Azada
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Maria Azada, an illegal alien from the Philippines living in Illinois, was convicted of eleven charges–perjury and mutilation of election material–in relation to illegal voting. Despite being ineligible, Azada voted nine different times in various elections and claimed to be a U.S. citizen on two voter registration forms. She was sentenced to 120 days in jail, two years’ conditional discharge, and 100 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sROqJy bit.ly/2sScZ9f
Joan Fortner
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

In 2012, Joan Fortner pleaded guilty to voting twice in Illinois. She was sentenced to a period of supervised release.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2svebA8
Mahmoud Vakili
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Mahmoud Vakili, an Iranian citizen living in Waukegan, Illinois, pleaded guilty to disregarding the election code after he registered to vote and voted five times, despite the fact that he is not a U.S. citizen and is therefore not eligible to vote. He was sentenced to 12 months of supervision and 100 hours of community service, and was required to pay court costs.
SOURCES
trib.in/2tRJadj bit.ly/2uPYWmm
Parvin Vakili
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Parvin Vakili, an Iranian citizen living in Waukegan, Illinois, pleaded guilty to disregarding the election code after she registered to vote and voted seven times despite the fact that she was not a U.S. citizen and was therefore not eligible to vote. She was sentenced to 12 months’ supervision and 100 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay court costs.
SOURCES
trib.in/2tRJadj bit.ly/2suxHNb
Michael Collins
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations/Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Michael Collins was convicted of election fraud and tax evasion after giving a false address to establish eligibility to vote in East St. Louis, even though he lived in Swansea. He was also elected to be a precinct committeeman in East St. Louis after getting family members to sign petitions to get him on the ballot. He was sentenced to 50 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eekXT8
William Brown
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

William Brown, of Cahokia, pleaded guilty to 22 charges related to election fraud after he worked with candidates for the Cahokia village board to rig their 2009 municipal election. Brown helped to apply for fraudulent absentee ballots and submit votes using those ballots. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, two years probation, and 200 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tsGAYv bit.ly/2sTBHLd
Anish Eapen
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Anish Eapen, a city streets and sanitation superintendent in Chicago’s 50th ward, pleaded guilty to absentee ballot violations. He approached residents of his ward while showing them his town badge, offered to help them cast absentee ballots, and filled out some of their ballots himself while working for an alderman candidate. Eapen was sentenced to 364 days in Cook County jail.
SOURCES
trib.in/2sRKp7Z trib.in/2tmcpV4
Kyle R. Johnson
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Kyle R. Johnson, a former Cahokia village trustee, falsified absentee ballot applications and illegally cast the ballots he obtained during a municipal election. He received five years’ probation, 14 days in jail, and 200 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tsGAYv bit.ly/2sTBHLd
Eugene Kryczka
DISPOSITION: 2009
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ballot Petition Fraud

Eugene Kryczka, of Antioch, pleaded guilty to perjury in 2009. He had falsified 50 signatures on a ballot petition, in an attempt to run for Antioch town assessor. He also signed certifications in 19 of these cases, asserting that he had seen these individuals sign the petitions, when in fact, he had not. Kryczka was sentenced to a five-year suspended sentence, two years’ probation, and a $500 fine. He was barred from holding public office.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tmL591 bit.ly/2tvF0FM bit.ly/2uPHDBz
Armando Ramos
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Armando Ramos, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to absentee ballot violations in 2010. He had approached residents, offered to help them vote absentee, and in some cases filled out ballots for them during a 2007 election in which he was working for an alderman candidate. He was sentenced to 270 days in Cook County jail.
SOURCES
trib.in/2sRKp7Z trib.in/2tmcpV4
Trevon L. Tompkin
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

In the 2009 Cahokia municipal election, former village trustee Trevon L. Tompkin falsified absentee ballot applications and illegally voted the ballots he obtained. He received five years’ probation, 14 days in jail, and 200 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tsGAYv http://bit.ly/2sTBHLd
Kevin Wiggins
DISPOSITION: 2010
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Kevin Wiggins, of Cahokia, pleaded guilty to 43 charges against him in a voter fraud scheme in Cahokia’s 2009 municipal election. Wiggins, along with candidates for the village board, filed fraudulent applications for absentee ballots and subsequently voted using those ballots. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, two years of probation, and 200 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tsGAYv bit.ly/2sTBHLd
Kenneth Davison and Jerry D. Knight
DISPOSITION: 2009
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ballot Petition Fraud

Kenneth Davison and Jerry D. Knight, two campaign workers for state Senator Terry Link, were indicted on felony forgery and perjury charges for placing phony signatures on petitions to get state Senator Terry Link on the 2008 Democratic primary ballot. These phony signatures included the names of deceased voters. Davidson pleaded guilty to nine counts of perjury and was sentenced to probation and 60 days in jail. Knight pleaded guilty to 11 counts of perjury and was sentenced to 24 months of probation and 100 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fEYXG4 bit.ly/2e2MA65 bit.ly/2eemWGW
Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick
DISPOSITION: 2009
OUTCOME: OFFICIAL FINDING
Ineligible Voting

Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick is a native and citizen of Peru who became a non-citizen permanent resident in 2004. When she applied for a driver’s license, Fitzpatrick also filled out a “Motor Voter” registration form on which she falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen. She subsequently voted in the 2006 federal election. In 2007, while applying for naturalization, Fitzpatrick acknowledged to immigration officials that she had registered and voted. Fitzpatrick’s application was denied and she was ordered removed from the country because of this violation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fbQsle bit.ly/2fbNP2U bit.ly/2m8DCIe
Anthony Kimani
DISPOSITION: 2009
OUTCOME: OFFICIAL FINDING
Ineligible Voting

Anthony Kimani, a citizen of Kenya, illegally registered and voted in the 2004 general election. Kimani first entered the United States on a visitor’s visa, which expired in 2000. He remained in the country illegally, later applying for permanent residency after marrying a U.S. citizen in 2003. Kimani was ordered deported after officials discovered his illegal vote. Kimani admitted to voting, but claimed “entrapment by estoppel,” specifically indicating that the form he filled out for a driver’s license included an option to register to vote. The three judge panel on the Seventh Circuit rejected the argument, pointing out that Kimani had falsely claimed U.S. citizenship on that form, and affirmed his deportation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tj8Yel bit.ly/2fdnW0d
Rodney McCulloch
DISPOSITION: 2008
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ballot Petition Fraud

McCulloch, a political consultant working on the reelection campaign of Milton Township Assessor James Gumm, was convicted of three counts of perjury and one count of disregard of the election code. McCulloch oversaw a scheme that forged signatures to qualify Gumm for the ballot. He received two years’ probation, 150 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $200 to a county anticrime fund.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eoqTfz bit.ly/2eAueFM
Elizabeth Dag Um Keathley
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: OFFICIAL FINDING
Ineligible Voting

Elizabeth Dag Um Keathley came to the United States after marrying
John Keathley, a U.S. citizen, in a ceremony that took place in the Philippines. She received a non-immigrant K-3 visa so that she could live with her husband while waiting for a grant of permanent residency as the spouse of a U.S. citizen. While considering her application, immigration officials determined that Keathley illegally voted and ordered her removal from the country. She contends that, when applying for a driver’s license, she was asked if she wished to vote. After answering “yes,” the official handling her driver’s license application check marked the box indicating she was a U.S. citizen. Keathley indicated she was not. The Seventh Circuit remanded the case to the lower court for further review.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tj8Yel bit.ly/2feVEmp bit.ly/2fdmevN
Charles Powell, Sheila Thomas, Jesse Lewis, Kelvin Ellis, and Yvette Johnson
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Buying Votes

East Saint Louis City precinct committeemen Charles Powell, Sheila
Thomas, Jesse Lewis, and Kelvin Ellis, as well as precinct worker Yvette Johnson, were convicted for conspiracy to commit election fraud after participating in vote-buying activities in the 2004 election, including submitting budgets that would allow city funds to pay voters to vote for Democratic candidates. Powell was sentenced to 21 months in prison; Thomas was sentenced to 18 months in prison, $400 in fines, and two years’ supervised release; Johnson was sentenced to two years’ probation with the first five months in monitored home confinement; Lewis was sentenced to 15 months in prison, two years’ supervised release, and $200 in fines; Ellis was sentenced to a 4.5 year prison sentence for election fraud and assorted criminal offenses, including running a prostitution ring out of city hall and threatening to kill a federal witness.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2feX7co bit.ly/2f1DNyv
Patricia Bailey
DISPOSITION: 2005
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Following a trial, Illinois State Representative Patricia Bailey was found guilty of filing false election forms claiming her residency in the 6th District, when she was actually living with her mother outside of the district. Bailey was charged with two counts of perjury and one count of falsifying election documents. She was sentenced two years’ probation and 100 hours of community service. She was barred from holding a government job for five years upon completion of her sentence.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2feZv2E bit.ly/2f1DQKi
Leander Brooks
DISPOSITION: 2004
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

A former election judge, Leander Brooks, pleaded guilty to election fraud in the 2002 election. He forged signatures of three dead people on absentee ballot applications. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a $400 fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2rVcMSd Docket # 03-CR-30201-DRH
Patricia Deganutti
DISPOSITION: 2004
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Patricia Deganutti was found guilty of violating Illinois absentee ballot law by “unlawful observation of voting.”  While serving as a precinct captain in Cicero, Illinois, she visited a voter’s home and persuaded him to apply for an absentee ballot, then returned and told him how to fill it out, and left with the completed ballot. She was sentenced to 18 months’ probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sOb6eV bit.ly/2tLNzMH
Leroy Scott Jr., Lillie Nichols, Terrance R. Stith, and Sandra Stith
DISPOSITION: 2004
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Buying Votes

Leroy Scott Jr., Lillie Nichols, Terrance R. Stith, and Sandra Stith pleaded guilty to one count each of vote buying. They were given funds from the St. Clair County Democratic Committee in order to buy votes for the upcoming election. Nichols and Mr. Stith were sentenced to four months in prison. Sandra Stith received one year of probation. Scott received 10 months’ imprisonment and paid $3,100 in fines.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fEXMGK bit.ly/2fEXTCc
Russel Withers
DISPOSITION: 2002
OUTCOME: CIVIL PENALTY
Duplicate Voting

Russel Withers, who owned multiple radio and TV stations, pleaded guilty to voting multiple times in both 1998 and 2000 elections in both Colorado and Illinois. He was fined $10,000.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fEXFed
63 Individuals
DISPOSITION: 1982
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

A DOJ investigation of the Illinois election in 1982 estimated that 100,000 fraudulent ballots were cast in the gubernatorial primary.
The investigation was tipped off  by a party worker from Chicago’s 39th Ward who was upset by his precinct captain’s broken promise to award him a city job for his participation in the vote fraud scheme. The conspirators cast ballots for people who were elderly and disabled. The investigation resulted in 63 individuals being convicted, the largest voter fraud case in DOJ history.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2uVkBtT

Lowell “Ross” Colen
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Lowell “Ross” Colen, a 10-year veteran of the Rising Sun Police Department, was forced to resign after pleading guilty to four counts of felony voter fraud. Colen was accused of illegally trying to help his father win election to the Rising Sun City Council by completing absentee voter applications and filling out ballots for people who were not eligible to vote in the county, and in some cases forging signatures. Colen evidently conducted some of this illegal activity while in uniform and on duty. He pleaded guilty to four counts of felony vote fraud and was sentenced to concurrently serve one year in prison and 185 days’ probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2mlTkMl bit.ly/2l07BNH bit.ly/2lpehs4
Butch Morgan, Jr.
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ballot Petition Fraud

Former St. Joseph County Democratic Chairman Butch Morgan, Jr. was sentenced to one year of prison after being convicted of felony charges stemming from a plot to forge signatures on the petition to place Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Indiana Democratic Primary ballot in 2008. Morgan, along with multiple co-conspirators from the Board of Voter Registration, forged over 200 signatures. A Yale University junior, Ryan Nees, discovered the fraud, noting “page after page of signatures are all the same handwriting.” The forgery was overlooked during the primary process “because election workers in charge of verifying their validity were the same people faking the signatures.”
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eAtTmy
Pam Brunette, Beverly Shelton, Dustin Blythe
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ballot Petition Fraud

Pam Brunette, Beverly Shelton, and Dustin Blythe worked with Butch Morgan (see prior entry) to forge over 200 signatures on the petition to enter Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton into the Indiana Democratic Primary. A Yale University junior, Ryan Nees, discovered the fraud, noting “page after page of signatures are all the same handwriting.” The forgery was overlooked during the primary process “because election workers in charge of verifying their validity were the same people faking the signatures.” Brunette, a board member on the St. Joseph County Board of Voter Registration Democratic, and Shelton, a board worker, both received two years of probation in exchange for their testimony against Morgan. The judge sentenced Dustin Blythe, a board worker and Democrat volunteer, to one year in Community Corrections and probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fw7r31
Doug Campbell
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Austin Mayor Doug Campbell faced voter fraud charges that he illegally accepted absentee ballots from voters and filled out a woman’s incomplete ballot. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor electioneering in exchange for prosecutors agreeing to dismiss the felony voter fraud and conspiracy charges, which enabled him to remain in office.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fitiWu
Paul Etheridge
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Paul Etheridge, former New Albany mayoral candidate in the Democratic primary, was charged with voter fraud for endorsing a ballot of someone he knew to be ineligible in the May 2011 Democratic mayoral primary in New Albany, Indiana. He pleaded guilty to Forgery of Official Ballot Endorsement and received a suspended 18-month sentence.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fbTKEW
Michael Marshall
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Michael Marshall, a Jennings County Democratic Party worker, pleaded guilty to three counts of vote fraud relating to applications for absentee ballots for his son, brother, and former roommate. Marshall was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2e2KeEC
John Cook
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

John Cook, of Jennings County, pleaded guilty to perjury after he was arrested in connection with absentee ballot fraud. He was sentenced to 545 days’ imprisonment, with one year of that time suspended.
SOURCES
http://bit.ly/1S18hf1
(Case #40C01-1110-FC-000421)
Joshua Clemons
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Joshua Clemons was charged with voter fraud for completing two absentee ballots for people he knew to be ineligible in the May 2011 Democratic Primary. He pleaded guilty to fraudulent delivery of ballots and received a suspended 18-month sentence.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fbTKEW
Christopher Marshall
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Christopher Marshall, of Jennings County, pleaded guilty to deception in a case involving absentee ballot fraud. His father, Michael Marshall, was working on a mayoral re-election campaign and was responsible for soliciting absentee ballot voters. He recruited his son and another individual (John Cook) to assist him.  Christopher Marshall was ordered to pay court costs and fees, a fine, and restitution totaling $212.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2uPq85j bit.ly/2rVciiD (Case #40C01-1110-FC-000420)
Charlie White
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White was removed from office following his 2012 felony conviction. White, who was serving as a councilman for the town of Fishers at the time, listed his exwife’s home address as his primary residency so he could vote and be paid as a councilman in a district where he no longer resided. In addition to losing his office, White was sentenced to one year of house arrest, and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and complete 30 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fimyIi bit.ly/2f1zjHN bit.ly/2ff3agR
Monte Murphy
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Monte Murphy, a former Muncie City Councilman, was convicted of three counts of illegally receiving absentee ballots following a jury trial. He provided the ballots to the individuals, told them how to vote for a straight Democrat ticket, and then mailed in the ballots for them. The trial court reduced each conviction to a Class A misdemeanor and sentenced Monte to consecutive one-year terms, suspended to probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eViSiK
Brian Berkman
DISPOSITION: 2008
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Former Schereville Town Court Bailiff Brian Berkman was convicted of voting in another precinct and perjury during the 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary. He was sentenced to one year of probation. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eon35U
Natividad Hernandez
DISPOSITION: 2008
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Miscellaneous

Natividad Hernandez pleaded guilty to unauthorized entry at the polls during the 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary election. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fjWDUs
Christopher and Michael Lopez
DISPOSITION: 2008
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Christopher and Michael Lopez pleaded guilty to unauthorized entry into the polls. The brothers voted in a precinct where they did not live during the 2003 East Chicago mayoral Democratic primary. Each man received a suspended 60-day jail sentence. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eAzbyw
Joseph Pedraza and Constance D. Simmons-Pedraza
DISPOSITION: 2008
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Joseph Pedraza and his wife, Constance D. Simmons-Pedraza, pleaded guilty to voting in a precinct where they did not live for the 2003 East Chicago mayoral Democratic primary election. They falsely claimed residence in East Chicago so that they could vote there, but city employment records revealed that they actually lived in the town of St. John. Both were sentenced to one year in prison, a sentence which will be suspended if they each satisfactorily complete one year on probation. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eAzbyw
Ponciano Herrera
DISPOSITION: 2008
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Ponciano Herrera, a Lake County police officer, pleaded guilty to handling a forged absentee ballot in the 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary election. Herrera was sentenced to 90 days of probation. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2ff15l6
Ronald DeCastro
DISPOSITION: 2008
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Ronald DeCastro, an East Chicago police officer, pleaded guilty to a charge of voter fraud in connection with his misconduct during the 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary election. He did not live in East Chicago, so he used the address of his uncle in order to cast an absentee ballot in the election. DeCastro received a 60-day suspended jail sentence and was sentenced to 60 days of probation. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fw3jAf bit.ly/2fdlIhq bit.ly/2fF0gVx
Terrance Lay
DISPOSITION: 2008
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Terrance Lay, a city council candidate in the 2003 East Chicago Democratic primary, pleaded guilty to procuring and handling an absentee ballot for his brother-in-law in violation of state law that forbids anyone other than the voter or a close relative from handling absentee ballots. Lay was the last of the 46 people convicted by the Joint Vote Fraud Task Force formed in the wake of the 2003 East Chicago Democratic primary. Fraud in this 2003 primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election for the mayoral primary that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fEWTxE
Ashley Dunlop
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Mr. Ashley Dunlop pleaded guilty to the charge of aiding the fraudulent application of a ballot in connection to misconduct surrounding the 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary election. He was sentenced to one year probation. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eACgP4
Ricardo Alamillo
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Ricardo Alamillo, a former East Chicago assistant chief bailiff, was convicted of voting in another precinct for the 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary and received a one-and-a-half year suspended sentence and another one-and-a-half years of probation. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fEZuYI
Alicia Dunbar and Ivan Dunbar
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Alicia and Ivan Dunbar pleaded guilty to voting in another precinct for the 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary and were given one year of probation. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fEZuYI
Mark Orosco
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Mark Orosco pleaded guilty to voting in another precinct for the 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary and received a one year suspended sentence, one year of probation, and 100 hours of community service. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fEZuYI
Mario Del Valle
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Mario Del Valle pleaded guilty to voting in another precinct for the 2003 East Chicago elections. He was sentenced to one year of probation and 30 hours of community service. Fraud in the 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election for the mayoral race that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eAzcCt
Michael Harretos and Ezequiel Godinez
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Michael Harretos and Ezequiel Godinez were sentenced to one year of probation, community service, and fines for voting in another precinct in the 2003 East Chicago election. Fraud in the 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election for the mayoral race that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fbPDIY
Arthur Vera, Elvia Vera, Armando Vera, Pedro Moro, and Yolanda Ramirez
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Arthur, Elvia, and Armando Vera, Pedro Moro, and Yolanda Ramirez, pleaded guilty to voting in another precinct during the 2003 East Chicago Democratic primary. Fraud in this 2003 primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election for the mayoral race that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fbPDIY
Jose Arroyo and Mabel Komendat
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Jose Arroyo and Mabel Komendat were convicted of voting in another precinct after voting in an East Chicago election despite living in Hammond and Highland, respectively.  They were both sentenced to one year probation and 50 hours of community service. Fraud in the 2003 East Chicago mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election for the mayoral race that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fbPDIY
Levones Tolbert
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Miscellaneous

East Chicago Councilman Levones Tolbert was charged with offering money in exchange for votes, among other offenses. Tolbert pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized polling place entry and was sentenced to 30 days’ probation. Fraud in the 2003 East Chicago primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election for the mayoral race that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fw71K2
Allan “Twig” Simmons
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Allan “Twig” Simmons, an operative for the Chicago mayor’s campaign, was charged with three counts of attempted obstruction of justice and six counts of ballot fraud after persuading individuals to let him fill out their absentee ballots in exchange for jobs. He pleaded guilty to three counts of fraudulent application, showing, examination, receipt or delivery of ballots. He was sentenced to 3 years’ probation and 100 hours of community service. Fraud in the 2003 East Chicago mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election for the mayoral race that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2feWMXg
Raymond Carillo
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Raymond Carillo pleaded guilty to one count of voting in a precinct in which he did not live for the 2003 East Chicago mayoral Democratic primary election. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eACgP4
John Carlyle and Ronald Komendat
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

John Carlyle and Ronald Komendat, a former police officer, both pleaded guilty to voting in precincts where they did not reside in the 2003 East Chicago mayoral Democratic primary election. Both received six-month suspended sentences and were ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fittRT
Tonya Griffin-Bronaugh
DISPOSITION: 2007
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Tonya Griffin-Bronaugh, the sister of Terrance Lay, pleaded guilty to filling out and signing an application for an absentee ballot in the name of her former husband without his knowledge in connection with the 2003 East Chicago Democratic primary. Her brother was a city council candidate in that election. Griffin-Bronaugh was sentenced to 18 months of probation. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election for the mayoral race that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eernRT
Antonio and Alycia Mendiola
DISPOSITION: 2006
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Antonio and Alycia Mendiola pleaded guilty to voting in a precinct where they did not live during the 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary. Both were sentenced to 18 months of probation. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eepvJb bit.ly/2fw9MLt
Eduardo Perez, Sr.
DISPOSITION: 2006
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Eduardo Perez, Sr., pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving an absentee ballot in connection to the 2003 East Chicago mayoral Democrat primary. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eepvJb
Larry Battle
DISPOSITION: 2006
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Larry Battle was convicted of voting in a precinct in which he did not live for the 2003 East Chicago mayoral Democratic primary election. Battle had a history of “crimes of dishonesty,” prompting the judge-unpersuaded by Battle’s “everybody was doing it” defense–to sentence him to two years in prison. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fF02xx
Tamika Lay
DISPOSITION: 2006
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Tamika Lay pleaded guilty to voting in a precinct in which she did not live for the 2003 East Chicago Democratic primary. Though she initially called the errant vote a mistake, Lay eventually admitted that she wanted to cast a vote for her brother, Terrance Lay, who was a city council candidate for a different precinct. Lay was sentenced to one year of probation. At her sentencing hearing, she expressed frustration to the judge at being held accountable for her fraudulent act. She said, “People have been doing [fraudulently voting] for years, and all of a sudden they want to do something about it.”  Fraud in this 2003 primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election for the mayoral primary that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2f1H5l2
Demetreos Hasapis
DISPOSITION: 2006
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Demetreos Hasapis, an East Chicago Fire Department captain, was convicted of voting outside the precinct in which he lived for the 2003 East Chicago Democratic primary. He was sentenced to a 60-day jail sentence in the Lake County jail and 60 days’ probation. Fraud in this 2003 primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election for the mayoral race that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eojg8W bit.ly/2feYwj0
Michelle Chandler
DISPOSITION: 2003
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting and Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Michelle Chandler, a worker in the city controller’s office, was charged with a fraudulent receipt of ballot, voting outside of her district, and perjury in connection to misconduct during the 2003 East Chicago Democratic mayoral primary. She was found guilty of one count of perjury in a jury trial, a felony, and given one year of probation. Fraud in this 2003 mayoral primary was widespread, and the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately overturned the election results and ordered a special election that resulted in a different winner.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fEZuYI
Dolores Croy
DISPOSITION: 2003
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Dolores Croy pleaded guilty to voter fraud during the 2003 Democratic Primary in East Chicago, Indiana. She and her husband registered to vote and sent absentee ballots to the East Chicago voting district, using their business address. The couple’s home address was actually in Hobart. Although both charges were Class D felonies, the charges were drastically reduced, and the couple only had to make a public apology and serve probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2u4ieY4 bit.ly/2sLH3Ek

Robert Croy
DISPOSITION: 2003
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Robert Croy pleaded guilty to voter fraud during the 2003 Democratic Primary in East Chicago, Indiana. He and his wife registered to vote and sent absentee ballots to the East Chicago voting district, using their business address. The couple’s home address was actually in Hobart, IN. Although both charges were class D felonies, the charges were drastically reduced and the couple only had to make a public apology and serve probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2u4ieY4 bit.ly/2sLH3Ek
Terri Lynn Rote
DISPOSITION: 2017
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots, Duplicate Voting

Terri Lynn Rote pleaded guilty to an election fraud charge stemming from her attempt to vote twice in the 2016 presidential election. Rote cited fears that the election was rigged to justify her attempt to cast two absentee ballots for Donald Trump. She is awaiting sentencing.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sLzmxV
Erin Venessa Leeper
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Erin Leeper pleaded guilty to perjury after she registered and voted in the 2015 local school board election despite her status as a convicted felon, which rendered her ineligible to vote. She was sentenced to a suspended five-year prison term, two years’ probation, and ordered to pay $240 in court costs. A $750 fine was suspended.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2e2PTKV
Glen Tank
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Glen Tank, a resident of Waterloo, pleaded guilty to ineligible voting during the 2012 presidential election. Mr. Tank was previously convicted of third-offense operating while intoxicated, a felony, and consequently lost his right to vote. Then, in 2010 he was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm as a felon, and was still on probation from that conviction when he voted in November 2012. Tank was ordered to pay $1,253, including a $750 fine, mandatory surcharges, and court costs.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fF5XTn
Mayra Alejandra Lopez Morales
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: DIVERSION PROGRAM
Ineligible Voting

Mayra Alejandra Lopez Morales pleaded guilty to an aggravated misdemeanor charge for registering and voting as a non-U.S. citizen in the 2012 election. She received a deferred judgment with two years of probation and a $750 fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fwdNPT
Brian Lee Bird
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

During the 2012 general election, Brian Lee Bird, a felon on probation, cast a ballot despite being ineligible. He was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to first degree election misconduct.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2sAzQHY bit.ly/2sTtzKA
Anthony Greer
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Anthony Greer, a convicted felon, pleaded guilty to a charge of ineligible voting. Greer cast a ballot during the November 2012 election; in Iowa, felons cannot vote until their rights are restored by the governor. Greer was still on probation at the time of the election and was thus ineligible to vote. He was sentenced to serve up to five years in prison, to run concurrently with another sentence for a separate probation violation. The judge suspended a $750 fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eozRJO
Abel Hernandez-Labra
DISPOSITION: 2014
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

In 2014, Abel Hernandez-Labra, an illegal alien from Mexico, pleaded guilty to making false statements in a passport application, aggravated identity theft, making a false claim of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, and voting in the 2012 general election. He was sentenced to 51 months in prison, 3 years of supervised release, and fined $5,000.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2rCqudp bit.ly/2rCN85D bit.ly/1EMB4RG

Beth Ann Gallagher
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Beth Ann Gallagher cast an absentee ballot in Iowa on behalf of her daughter, who had recently moved to Minnesota (and who also voted in Minnesota) in the 2012 election. Gallagher pleaded guilty to false representation of records or process and paid a fine.
Nickie Dean Perkins
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Nickie Dean Perkins, a felon, registered to vote and voted in the 2012 general election. He pleaded guilty to first-degree election misconduct and received a five-year suspended sentence and two years’ probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fF7sRz
Tehvedin Murgic
DISPOSITION: 2013
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Tehvedin Murgic, a convicted felon and Bosnian citizen who voted in the 2010 general election, pleaded guilty to third-degree election misconduct for interfering or attempting to interfere with a voter while the voter was filling out a ballot. He also pleaded guilty to trespassing and was fined $1,325.
Mark Evangelous
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: DIVERSION PROGRAM
Fraudulent Use of Absentee Ballots

Mark Evangelous was charged with violating absentee voting laws, uttering a false document, and forgery related to his submission of an absentee ballot application in the name of a deceased voter. Evangelous claimed he had input the name of his sister-in-law incorrectly. The absentee ballot charge was dismissed, and the judge continued his case without a finding for a year, ordering him to complete 200 hours of community service.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2v8reZb bit.ly/2tJewAT
Terry Hambrick
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Terry Hambrick tried to steal the identity of his dead brother Aaron in order to secure a driver’s license. As part of his identity theft scheme, Hambrick registered to vote. When he was stopped for suspected drunk driving, the police learned his real identity. He ultimately pleaded guilty to identity theft and two counts of perjury, including one in connection with his false voter registration. He is currently serving a 10-year sentence at a correctional facility.
Jason Rawlin
DISPOSITION: 2012
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

In the process of obtaining a non-operator ID, Jason Rawlin, a convicted felon, signed a document attesting that he was eligible to vote. He pleaded guilty to fraudulent practices and paid a fine.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fF7sRz

Martia Phillips, Brandon Dean,
Jennifer Burcham, Denise Cooper, George Tyler, George Vaughn, Albert Meeks, Jr., Kevin Janeau, and Andrew Peterson
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Martia Yvonne Phillips and 8 others pleaded guilty to voting in the 2008 election despite being convicted felons who had not had their voting rights restored. Phillips had a 2006 felony drug conviction and was on probation during the election. She was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended to two years of probation. The other eight felons were detected after a review of the voter rolls turned up convicted felons who had voted before their rights were restored. They all pleaded guilty.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eAJy5o
Michael Loudermilk and Floyd Willie Boldon
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
False Registrations

Michael Loudermilk and Floyd Willie Boldon pleaded guilty to using other people’s addresses when registering to vote.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2eAJy5o
Patrick Lyons
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Patrick Lyons, a convicted felon, pleaded guilty to one count of perjury and one count of election fraud after he voted in several elections and ran for election as a school board candidate, both of which he was ineligible to do because of his prior conviction. He was sentenced to five years, suspended, and was ordered to pay a $750 fine plus court costs on each count, and he will be on supervised probation for two years.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fdwnbU
Christopher Mettin
DISPOSITION: 2011
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Christopher Mettin, a German citizen studying at Morningside College in Iowa, claimed to be a U.S. citizen on a voter registration form. He pleaded guilty to one of the two counts he was charged with and was sentenced to time already served (52 days), and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2fdxuYX
Victor David Garcia Bebek
DISPOSITION: 2017
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Ineligible Voting

Peruvian national Victor David Garcia Bebek pleaded guilty to three counts of voting without being qualified. Bebek was fined $5,000 and placed on unsupervised probation.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2tNZDfo bit.ly/2tNAv8r bit.ly/2rCHlNn
Preston Glen Christensen
DISPOSITION: 2017
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting, Ineligible Voting

Preston Glen Christensen was convicted of voter fraud for voting in both Kansas and Texas in the 2012 general election. Christensen pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of voting without being qualified. He was fined $1,000.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2rCHKiR

James Criswell
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

James Criswell, a Republican from Douglas County, Colorado, pleaded no contest to the charge of double voting in the November 2016 election. Having cast ballots in both Colorado and Kansas, Criswell was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $158 in court costs. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was able to identify this instance of voter fraud through the Interstate Crosscheck Program, a voter registration database that includes 30 states.
SOURCES
bit.ly/2piFhde bit.ly/2q6x5g7 bit.ly/2pA1NBi
Sharon Farris
DISPOSITION: 2016
OUTCOME: CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Duplicate Voting

In the November 2016 election, Denver resident Sharon Farris voted twice–once in her home state of Colorado and then again in the state of Kansas. She pleaded guilty to one count of voting without being qualified and one count of advance voting unlawful acts. The Kansas judge ordered her to pay $3,158 in fines and court fees,

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George Floyd. 3 Minutes of resisting arrest. The video Fake News didn’t want you to see?

 

Video footage the MSM fake news conveniently kept out of their “breaking news story” has surfaced  of George Floyd resisting arrest for around three minutes .

Would this have stopped the riots? No. Fake news had made their minds up.  They were going do their part at destroying the country.  They were sticking to the plan.

*”One of the most obvious ways to tell I’f a event could be faked is paying attention to the news release. It’s  a dead giveaway when you see all the networks releasing the same exact story, at the same time.”

This video just adds to the long list  of events that fake news got caught at “faking news”.

There you have it.  Floyd did indeed resist arrest.  The entire fake news complex lied to you, again.  They specifically said Floyd didn’t resist arrest.

This is just another example why I quit believing everything the news media puts out..  Some might think that’s a little extreme.  No. It’s  the only logical, smart solution.  The days of me saying “they lie sometimes but usually they are pretty honest”  were gone long ago.  If you say you can tell the difference simply by using your best judgement, all you are really doing is selecting what you feel comfortable with. That does not make it true.

People saw the video.  They saw Floyd die.. Somebody mentioned in the comment section in a prior post of mine.  Something along the lines that “it’s  going to take more than different time stamps to change my mind”.

Five simple points, out of many.

  1. MSM lies all the time
  2. “Floyd is dead because the video shows it.”  Yes, the video looks like someone got killed or died of something. .. I get it, you’re convinced.  Now go turn on your TV or watch your favorite movie on the internet.   Why do you watch what you are watching?  It’s because the character’s seem real.  A block buster movie only becomes a hit if the movie is good.  This requires the actors  being skilled enough to convince you the roles the play are real..  Seeing is no longer believing.   If you believe Floyd is dead because it was captured on video, then you have to believe everything in all movies/videos  are true.
  3. If we wanted to use a video deposition in court, most states require the date/time to be burned into the video at the time of recording.  If the date is off/time is off, they cannot be used in court.  All the videos  times were different..  Floyd videos should not be legit evidence in court.  *Time/ date can be faked in any video.  Even when time of recording is hurned into video.
  4. To convict, there cannot be a reasonable doubt.   Time/date or  anything  else that’s  seemd wrong with this event causes reasonable doubt.  Innocent until proven guilty.
  5. Reliability of source of video.

I use the MSM as leads.  Then I investigate the story myself. But to each their own.

Fake ot not , some have come out ahead because of Floyd’s death.

  • Floyd family got millions in donations. Fame and fortune.
  • Black LIves Matter seemed to grow in numbers.  They assaulted and killed police officers which continues at this very moment.  They ignore   black on black deaths., or any other death in the black community..  They’ve actually got people giving in to their demands..  Some are actually kneeling for them, because BLM expects it.  .  Yes, they have been successful proving racism and bigotry exist in America.  BlM being perhaps the most openly racist group to ever exist in America..
  • Let’s not forget the 35 million and more BLM has received  in donations..  Unfortunate for them,  the people handling their money, the Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) has only spent  $200,000 of the money on bail money for protesters.  They haven’t  said where the rest of the money went.  MFF deleted the board members(which are almost all white) page on their site and they quit accepting donations.  They already admitted on Twitter that ” the donations are turned over to ACTBLUE.  ACTBLUE then give it to the democrats”.  That’s  because ACTBLUE is part of the Democrat party. Looks like the democrats hustled BLM.  Watch, BLM will still support democrats. Ok
  • Democrats have shown how much they love their voter base by allowing out of town rioters to destroy their cities, their  businesses, get assaulted, killed and have their whole lives destoyed.
  • Biden says Floyd is more important than MLK.
  • Science makes discovery that protesting will keep you safe from getting covid19 but attending church, working, etc, increases your chance to get the virus.
  • The first time in history that a transperson parent got to fight alongside their transchildren and transhgrandkids with their trans dog and trans bird. Take over American soil.  They did this through violence and   declared their own country.  Perhaps the #1 country of starving people because the homeless stole all the food the firds day.
  • The first time a unknown rapper declares himself the police after removing the police because they didn’t want police there.  He also declares himself to be leader of country by beating and who knows what.  Proving the people with guns win. Tupac  and biggie would be proud.
  • Floyd  so influential and important that he gets minute by minute coverage the day he is buried.  He gets second by second camera coverage from helicopter  of his car as it travels to his resting grounds. The man is treated like a Saint, even though he was a hardened thug who died while being arrested for committing a crime that is a violation of federal law , which can carry a sentence  of 20 years.
  • Police are getting replaced and now, just as I predicted, democrats are going after their weapons.
  • Muslims love the replacing the police with something like community police.  Perfect because to Muslims, community police is religion police or the morality police.  That gives them a chance to bring in Sharia  law.

Minneapolis is home to the largest population of Somali in the USA.  That means Muslim. You can be sure a Muslim controlled replacement for the police is ready to fill the spot.

I find it unusual that CUP FOODS is also the address of a Mosque.  Yes, they have a Mosque in the basement.  An “underground Mosque”. Now you know it’s  true.  They exist.

I mentioned earlier  about the video source being reliable. There is some evidence that the owner(from Palestine)of Cup Foods might have had some animosity toward the police.

That area of town is a hotspot for crime.  Cup Foods being a hotspot for drug trafficking.

The owners  son is a convicted felon who has been to prison. The business has been in trouble with the law in the past.  Both the owner and son have criminal records.

This document will explain the situation better than I.

 

CUP Foods, Inc., a Minnesota Corporation, and its President Samir Hamaden Abumayyaleh, Relators, vs. City of Minneapolis, Respondent. C2-01-399, Court of Appeals Published, September 11, 2001.

STATE OF MINNESOTA

IN COURT OF APPEALS

C2-01-399

CUP Foods, Inc., a Minnesota Corporation, and its President Samir Hamaden Abumayyaleh,

Relators,

vs.

City of Minneapolis,

Respondent.

Filed September 11, 2001

Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded

G. Barry Anderson, Judge

City of Minneapolis

Docket No. 9-2110-12612-3

Ronald I. Meshbesher, Jonathan M. Peck, Meshbesher & Spence, Ltd., 1616 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN  55404 (for relators)

Jay M. Heffern, Minneapolis City Attorney, Scott Reeves, Assistant Minneapolis City Attorney, 300 Metropolitan Centre, 333 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN  55402 (for respondent)

Considered and decided by G. Barry Anderson, Presiding Judge, R.A. Randall, Judge, and Robert H. Schumacher, Judge.

S Y L L A B U S

If an agency adopts the findings and conclusions of an administrative law judge, but rejects or significantly deviates from the recommendations of that judge and does not make findings explaining the deviation, the decision is arbitrary and capricious, and the case should be remanded for the agency to make findings explaining its decision to deviate.

O P I N I O N

G. BARRY ANDERSON, Judge

Respondent city stayed revocation of relator’s business licenses subject to store closure for six months and compliance thereafter with several conditions.  Relator argues that respondent’s decision is not supported by substantial evidence and that the sanction was arbitrary and capricious.  Relator also argues that the administrative law judge (ALJ) abused her discretion by denying his motion to strike testimony concerning controlled drug buys.  We conclude that there is substantial evidence to support respondent city’s finding of good cause for adverse license action against relator.  In addition, because relator did not make a timely motion to strike, we conclude that the ALJ acted within her discretion by denying the motion.  But because respondent deviated from the ALJ’s recommendations when imposing its sanction, without making findings explaining the reasons for doing so, we reverse and remand.

FACTS

In 1989, relator Samir Abumayyaleh opened a convenience store at the northeast corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis.  The store sold groceries and the usual convenience items.  Eventually, relator added numerous goods and services to the store, including a delicatessen, cellular phone and pager sales, tobacco products, and off-sale 3.2 beer.

Respondent City of Minneapolis issued CUP Foods (Chicago Unbeatable Prices) four licenses: (1) grocery store; (2) food manufacturer; (3) tobacco dealer; and (4) off-sale 3.2 beer vendor.  Respondent first issued the licenses in 1989 and each is subject to annual renewal.  Relator’s family, including his father and two younger brothers, work at the store, but relator also employs other workers.  Relator’s younger brother Nabil, known as “Billy,” one of the store employees, has a prior felony conviction for auto theft.

CUP Foods is located in a high-crime area of Minneapolis and, not surprisingly, experienced problems with loitering and drug activity in and around the store.  In 1991, relator complained to respondent about the loitering problem, and at a city crime specialist’s recommendation, relator placed two yellow “no trespassing” signs outside his store.  Respondent conditioned relator’s licenses on reduced hours of operation.  On several occasions, however, the store remained open after the designated closing time.

In 1993, after receiving additional complaints about loitering and drug activity near CUP Foods, respondent scheduled a committee meeting to consider adverse license action.  As a result of the meeting, relator agreed to remove public pay phones, hire off-duty police officers for security, reduce hours of operation, hire older employees for evening shifts, report drug activity to police, and remove signs blocking store windows.  Relator understood that failure to comply with the agreed-on conditions could result in revocation, suspension, or non-renewal of his licenses.  Relator complied with the conditions, including the employment of off-duty police officers as security guards.  But approximately one-year later, relator discontinued their employment because of the cost and because “things got a lot better at the intersection.”

As time went on, however, the crime problem at 38th and Chicago became worse.  In 1996, neighborhood residents formed a task force to improve safety and reduce drug-dealing activity in the neighborhood.  In 1998, the number of complaints concerning CUP Foods prompted police community crime specialists to open a file on the store.  Crime-prevention specialists visited CUP Foods and relator signed a Minneapolis “no trespassing” affidavit and received two new “no trespassing” signs.  The specialists advised relator to call 911 to report trouble, and he and his employees did so.

On July 13, 1998, a shooting took place near CUP Foods.  Shortly thereafter, relator attended a task-force meeting and asked for a greater police presence at the intersection.  A few months later, two more shootings took place near CUP Foods.

Beginning in October 1998, police conducted surveillance of CUP Foods.  Police observed loitering and hand-to-hand exchanges outside the store and in the store entryway.  Using confidential informants, police made several “controlled buys” of either crack cocaine or apparent crack cocaine inside CUP Foods.

Based on the results of the controlled buys, police obtained a search warrant for CUP Foods and executed that warrant on November 18, 1998.  Police recovered: stolen cell phones; a bullet-proof vest; live ammunition; a stolen bicycle; ephedrine, an ingredient in methamphetamine; glass tubing; baggies of what appeared to be crack cocaine (but later proved to lack cocaine base); postal scales; and three firearms.  Police also observed bullet holes in a door.  The state charged Nabil Abumayyaleh with unlawful possession of a firearm, but later dismissed that charge.  Police did not link any of the stolen items to relator, and did not charge him with any crime.

Police continued to make controlled buys in CUP Foods during 1999.  On one occasion, the participants completed a transaction in plain view of Nabil Abumayyaleh as he worked as a cashier.  On November 9, 1999, a Minneapolis police officer recovered crack cocaine from a CUP Foods shelf during the course of answering a call reporting an armed man in the area.

In November 1999, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office commenced a nuisance-abatement proceeding against CUP Foods.  That proceeding was stayed pending the city’s resolution of appellant’s licensing issues because, on November 19, 1999, respondent filed a notice of hearing concerning all CUP Foods licenses.  Respondent filed amended notices on February 25, 2000, and again on March 27, 2000.

An ALJ conducted evidentiary hearings on March 28, 30, and 31, and on May 5 and 15, 2000.  Respondent presented testimony from police and neighbors, and argued for revocation of relator’s licenses.  Relator presented favorable testimony from neighbors and customers, testified to his own compliance with recommendations, and explained that he, too, sought to end the criminal activity near the intersection.

The ALJ concluded that respondent had shown good cause for taking adverse action against CUP Foods, but recommended that the city council consider placing conditions on CUP Foods licenses, rather than revoking the licenses outright.  On December 29, 2000, the Minneapolis City Council adopted the ALJ’s report but, rather than placing conditions on relator’s business licenses, it revoked all the licenses, stayed on the conditions that CUP Foods (1) close for six months and (2) take additional specified crime-prevention measures upon re-opening.  The council, however, waived 90 days of the closure period, upon relator’s payment of a $10,000 administrative fine.  The mayor approved the decision on January 4, 2001.  Relator now proceeds by writ of certiorari.

ISSUES

I.                    Was respondent city’s decision to stay revocation of relator’s business licenses, subject to conditions, a denial of due process, arbitrary and capricious, or unsupported by substantial evidence?

II.                 Did the ALJ violate relator’s right to due process of law by denying relator the opportunity to cross-examine confidential informants who made controlled buys at CUP Foods?

ANALYSIS

I.

            Appellant first argues that respondent city’s decision to revoke his business licenses is arbitrary and capricious, is unreasonable, is irrational, and not supported by substantial evidence, and that it violates his due-process rights because neither relator nor his employees had direct knowledge that drug activity took place inside CUP Foods.

Generally, decisions of administrative agencies, including cities, enjoy a presumption of correctness and will be reversed only when they reflect an error of law or where the findings are arbitrary, capricious, or unsupported by substantial evidence.  Cable Communications Bd. v. Nor-West Cable Communications P’ship,356 N.W.2d 658, 668 (Minn. 1984); see alsoMinn. Stat. § 14.69 (2000) (setting forth the scope of judicial review).

 Where the evidence is conflicting or more than one inference may be drawn from the evidence, findings must be upheld.  City of Minneapolis v. Richardson,307 Minn. 80, 88, 239 N.W.2d 197, 202 (1976).  If the agency engaged in reasoned decision-making, a reviewing court will affirm its decision even though the court may have reached another conclusion. State by Khalifa v. Hennepin County,420 N.W.2d 634, 639 (Minn. App. 1988), review denied (Minn. May 4, 1988). 

A.         Due Process

            Relator argues that respondent’s decision denies him “due process of law.”  To determine what process is due, this court first determines whether a property interest is implicated.  Humenansky v. Minnesota Bd. of Med. Exam’rs,525 N.W.2d 559, 566 (Minn. App. 1994), review denied(Minn. Feb. 14, 1995).  Relator correctly points out that he has a property interest in his business licenses.  See Bird v. Dep’t of Pub. Safety,375 N.W.2d 36, 42 (Minn. App. 1985) (finding property interest in automobile dealer’s license).  Our second inquiry requires weighing the particular interests involved. Humenansky,525 N.W.2d at 566. 

Sufficient due process generally requires reasonable notice and a hearing.  In re License of W. Side Pawn,587 N.W.2d 521, 522 (Minn. App. 1998), review denied (Minn. Mar. 30, 1999).  Although relator argues that he was denied due process, he does not allege that he was denied either reasonable notice or an opportunity to be heard.  The record shows relator received initial notice of the hearings approximately four months before the license proceedings, a five-day trial-type hearing, representation by counsel, an impartial decision-maker, and a decision based solely on the record.  This is sufficient to satisfy the due-process requirement.  See Humenansky,525 N.W.2d at 565 (describing the process due when property interests are implicated).

B.         Substantial Evidence

Relator argues that respondent violated his due-process rights because revocation

extinguishes [relator’s] property interest and deprives [relator] from making a living without a factual finding that either [relator] or any of his employees permitted, encouraged, or had any direct knowledge of the alleged controlled buys.

In essence, relator alleges that respondent lacked substantial evidence of “good cause” to take adverse license action against relator’s business.

 Substantial evidence, for the purpose of appellate review of an administrative agency’s decision, is: (1) such relevant evidence as a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion; (2) more than a scintilla of evidence; (3) more than some evidence; (4) more than any evidence; and (5) evidence considered in its entirety.  In re Friedenson,574 N.W.2d 463, 467 (Minn. App. 1998) (citation omitted), review denied (Minn. Apr. 30, 1998).  We defer to the agency’s fact-finding process and it is the challenger’s burden to establish that the findings are not supported by the evidence.  In re Lakedale Tel. Co.,561 N.W.2d 550, 554 (Minn. App. 1997).  Unless manifestly unjust, inferences must be accepted even though it may appear that contrary inferences would be better supported by the record.  Id.  Thus, relator must show that the evidence, considered in its entirety, and drawing inferences in favor of the decision, is not substantial, and, therefore, does not adequately support respondent’s finding that good cause existed to take adverse action against his business licenses.

The Minneapolis Code of Ordinances provides that “[a]ny license granted under this chapter may be revoked by the mayor or the city council as in the city charter provided.”   Minneapolis, Minn., Code of Ordinances § 188.350 (1999).  The city charter provides:

Section 16.  Licenses May Be Revoked.  Any license issued by the authority of the City Council may be revoked by the City Council at any time upon proper notice and hearing for good cause * * * .

Minneapolis, Minn., City Charter ch. 4, § 16.

The ALJ’s memorandum explained that relator’s employment of his brother Nabil Abumayyaleh, a convicted felon, and the handguns found during the search of CUP Foods, did not warrant taking adverse license action against relator because relator legally employed his brother and legally possessed the handguns for protection.  Similarly, the ALJ found that, because respondent failed to link any of the stolen items recovered during execution of the 1998 search warrant to relator, that evidence alone did not support adverse license action.  Further, the ALJ found that the three shootings near CUP Foods had no connection to the store and were simply a “by-product of the gang violence that is prevalent in this south Minneapolis neighborhood.”

But respondent, through the testimony of police officers and neighbors, presented evidence of: (1) chronic loitering at CUP Foods; (2) numerous hand-to-hand exchanges, an indication of drug dealing, taking place in and outside the store; and (3) controlled drug buys inside the store.  Respondent also presented evidence that despite the earlier license conditions, the store’s windows remain obstructed by advertising, signs, and shelving, and that the lack of visibility inside the store hampers law-enforcement efforts.

For these reasons, the city council adopted the ALJ’s conclusion that

[respondent] has demonstrated by a preponderance of the evidence that drug dealing and loitering have occurred on a frequent basis on and near CUP Foods’ premises.  * * * [Relator’s] failure or inability to prevent or meaningfully control the sale of drugs occurring inside his store constitutes good cause for taking adverse action against CUP Foods’ licenses. While [relator] testified that he routinely asks loiterers to leave, substantial credible testimony from neighborhood residents and police officers established that there is an ongoing pattern of loitering and drug dealing both inside the store and outside the store’s front entrance.  And, despite some measures taken by [relator] to increase visibility in his store, the record established that the majority of the store’s windows remain obstructed by shelving, advertisements, and other signage.  The inability to see into the store’s windows encourages loitering and criminal activity in general at CUP Foods.

Although there is no direct evidence that relator or his employees observed drug transactions, there is ample evidence, including the evidence of the controlled buys, that such transactions took place in and around CUP Foods and that relator knew that crime in and near the store was an ongoing problem.  Although relator made efforts to improve security and reduce crime, he failed to decrease the height of store shelves or remove window advertisements, and, until very recently, relator had abandoned the use of security guards.

Drawing inferences in favor of respondent city’s decision, as we must, and viewing the record as a whole, we conclude that the evidence, though hardly overwhelming, is reasonable, “more than a scintilla,” “more than some,” and “more than any” evidence.  The evidence, therefore, is substantial and supports the conclusion that respondent had “good cause” to take adverse license action against relator.[1] 

C.        Arbitrary and capricious

Relator also argues that the adverse license action is arbitrary and capricious.  Reviewing courts may reverse an agency’s decision if the decision is arbitrary or capricious.  Minn. Stat. § 14.69(f) (2000).  An agency decision is arbitrary and capricious if it is an exercise of the agency’s will, rather than its judgment, or if the decision is based on whim or is devoid of articulated reasons. Friedenson,574 N.W.2d at 467;Mammenga v. State Dept. of Human Servs.,442 N.W.2d 786, 789 (Minn. 1989).  “Where there is room for two opinions on the matter, [an agency’s choice of one course of] action is not arbitrary and capricious * * * .”  Friedenson,574 N.W.2d at 467 (citing Brown v. Wells,288 Minn. 468, 472, 181 N.W.2d 708, 711 (1970)).     

The problems at CUP Foods illustrate the collision between two important principles of United States jurisprudence: the reasonable public safety expectations of citizens and the preservation of private property rights, which, in this case, take the form of business licenses.

A city council may affirm, reject, or modify an ALJ’s findings or conclusions.  See Hymanson v. City of St. Paul,329 N.W.2d 324, 326-27 (Minn. 1983) (a city council may make new findings or decide contrary to the hearing examiner’s recommendations).   Despite this authority, when an agency significantly deviates from a reviewing authority’s conclusions, it must explain the deviation.  Beaty v. Minnesota Bd. of Teaching,354 N.W.2d 466, 472 (Minn. App. 1984).  Failure to do so “evidences the agency’s desire to exercise its will and not its judgment.”  Id.see also Burnett v. Stearns County Welfare Bd.,370 N.W.2d 452, 455 (Minn. App. 1985) (holding county welfare board acted arbitrarily and capriciously by rejecting without comment merit system council recommendation to grant relator a merit increase).  But see Friedenson,574 N.W.2d at 467-68 (holding revocation of relator’s medical license not arbitrary and capricious, even though board failed to explain its reasons for deviating from ALJ’s findings of fact and conclusions of law, because reviewing court was satisfied penalty was the product of “careful and prudent judgment”).  

Respondent adopted the ALJ’s findings, as well as the conclusions supported by those findings.  But respondent did not adopt the ALJ’s recommendations to place conditions on relator’s business licenses, and instead stayed revocation on the conditions that CUP Foods close for six months and, upon re-opening, comply with numerous crime-prevention measures.  Respondent significantly deviated from the ALJ’s recommendations without explaining why the ALJ’s recommendations were rejected or making additional findings to support this disposition.  At a minimum, a business owner with property rights in the form of government licenses is entitled to know the reasons for adverse action by the city council.  We therefore hold that the absence of such findings renders the respondent city’s decision arbitrary and capricious, and we reverse and remand for additional proceedings and to permit respondent to make appropriate findings explaining its decision.

We caution respondent, however, that any additional findings or conclusions it may adopt on remand, to explain its reasons for significantly deviating from the ALJ’s recommendations, must be limited to the issues raised in the earlier proceedings.  See Interstate Power Co. v. Nobles County Bd. of Comm’rs, 617 N.W.2d 566, 580 (Minn. 2000); Earthburners, Inc. v. County of Carlton, 513 N.W.2d 460, 463 (Minn. 1994) (reviewing board “must confine its inquiry to those issues raised in [the] earlier proceedings”); White Bear Rod & Gun Club v. City of Hugo, 388 N.W.2d 739, 742 (Minn. 1986) (city council not required to make formal findings but, at a minimum, must “‘have the reasons for its decision recorded or reduced to writing and in more than just a conclusory fashion’” (quotation omitted)). 

II.

            Relator also argues that the ALJ abused her discretion by denying relator’s motion to strike testimony concerning the confidential informants who completed “controlled buys” inside CUP Foods, contending that by failing to strike that testimony the ALJ denied him his right to confront the informants.  Evidentiary rulings in administrative proceedings are subject to an abuse-of-discretion standard.  See Lee v. Lee,459 N.W.2d 365, 369 (Minn. App. 1990) (applying abuse-of-discretion standard to appeal of evidentiary ruling on hearsay evidence made during an administrative child-support hearing conducted under Minnesota Administrative Procedure Act rules), review denied(Minn. Oct. 18, 1990).

During the license hearings, respondent’s counsel questioned Sherry Appledorn, the police officer who arranged the controlled buys, about her conversations with the confidential informants.  Relator’s counsel objected on hearsay grounds.  The ALJ sustained the objection, but permitted the officer to testify concerning matters within her own knowledge.  At the close of the hearings, relator moved to strike all testimony concerning the controlled buys on the basis that he was denied the right to confront the informants.  The ALJ ruled that the request was untimely.  Respondent argues that this court need not reach the issue of confrontation because relator’s motion to strike was untimely.  We agree.

The rule that an objection to the admission of evidence must be made at the time the evidence is offered is well established.  Eilola v. Oliver Iron Mining Co.,201 Minn. 77, 79, 275 N.W. 408, 409 (1937); see also Minn. R. Evid. 103(a)(1) (providing that there is no error unless an evidentiary ruling affects a substantial right of a party and a timely objection or motion to strike is made).  Although relator objected to out-of-court statements made by the informants as hearsay, relator did not (1) bring any motion to compel respondent to disclose the informants’ identities, even though the initial notice of hearing indicated that the controlled buys would be part of respondent’s evidence, or (2) object to the admission of Appledorn’s testimony concerning her knowledge of the controlled buys until the close of the hearing in May 2000, more than one month after she testified.  We therefore conclude that the ALJ acted within her discretion by denying relator’s motion to strike, and we decline to further address relator’s confrontation claims.

D E C I S I O N

Respondent’s conclusion that there is good cause to take adverse license action against relator is supported by substantial evidence.  Respondent’s decision to deviate from the sanctions recommended by the ALJ, however, is arbitrary and capricious because the deviations are significant and respondent did not make findings explaining its decision to deviate.  Finally, the ALJ did not abuse her discretion by denying relator’s motion to strike testimony concerning controlled drug buys because the motion was untimely.

Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.

[1]Relator devotes more than three pages of his brief to a discussion of Saxon Coffee Shop, Inc. v. Boston Lic. Bd.,407 N.E.2d 311 (Mass. 1980).  In Saxon,a license-revocation action, criminal activity inside a store and the non-cooperation of the store’s management did not meet the substantial-evidence test.  Id at 319.  We reject Saxon’sreasoning because City of Mankato v. Mahony,542 N.W.2d 689 (Minn. App. 1996), suggests that a city may take adverse-license action in response to criminal activity if the licensee does not cooperate to prevent future violations.  Id. at 692 (reversing revocation of landlord’s license where landlord acted responsibly to prevent further violations of city noise codes). 

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Perhaps Floyd and the business was doing a drug deal.  When Floyd was on the ground, leaning against Dragon Wok, an officer leaned over and picked something up off the ground and put it in his pocket.  Maybe it was just a dime or something.

False Flag or not, the whole situation has the Democrats name written all over it.  It’s  only going to get worse until election  day.

Respectfully

Deplorable Patriot.

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Evidence points to CNN and Shaun King guilty of fabricating George Floyd video.

 

More  and more information related to this event becomes available daily.  In an effort to not be fake news. I will be updating this post often..  For example, The original version of this post was based on a video that lead  me to believe the event happened on one street.  Later on after posting, a new, more complete video became available.  Irregardless,  my opinion on this event will not change.  I believe this event was staged. The embedded recording times in the  videos iis the proof. That is the focus of this post/research.  If  the information was not related to the video time, chances are I didn’t  include it. Sometimes too much information can be confusing and unnecessary once you have proven your point.  I believe this is one of those situations.  Any information I include that does not support my point, I do so in the spirit of information  sharing.

 

Update- Body cam footage  worn by officer driving “Park Police” vehicle has different  embedded time  and  date in video.  That’s  3 different recording times  for 3 different  video’s  of the same event.

Given the obvious importance of accurate time and date in body cam videos. Real police officers would be sure time was correct.  

 

 

 

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Gavin Newsom sets in motion his plan to steal Disaster Relief Funds from Pandemic victims. Primarily victims that voted for Trump

The arragent lawlessness of the democrat party no longer surprises me. We see this behavior more and more because they are allowed to get away with it, unchallenged.

In states like California, where democrats have complete control of all aspects of the government,  the corruption runs rampant.

The democrats misappropriation of state funds and desire to put their personal interests before the citizens have caused a financial hardship on the state.

To counter this hardship the democrats appear to have redefined the position of state Governor. State “Grifter” is more appropriate  title than state Governor.

Governor Newsom appears to spend most of his time trying to figure out new ways to scam the Federal government out of money.

Currently, Newsom is trying to use the covid-19 pandemic to scam the Federal government. For Newsom it’s all about that getting that disaster relief money.

By now we all should be familiar with Elon Musk battle with Alameda County. (A battle he won). Prior to winning the battle Musk went to Newsome to discuss this problem. Newsom made it clear that it was the county officials call. They are to decide when it’s ok to lift any restrictions. Basically he said he can’t do anything about it.

Newsom made the decision to leave it up to the counties. Alameda also agrees with this decision. A commenrt made by Alameda’s health official was ” The governor’s order does not override the county’s stay-at-home order, which is in place through May 31.

It should bew perfectly clear that Newsom passed on the responsibility of “reopening” the counties. With that being the case, we must ask ourselves “Why is Newsome harassing and making threats to Sutter, Modoc and Yuba counties?

‘Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning three counties that they could lose disaster funding if t”ey continue to defy his stay-at-home order.

Officials in Yuba, Sutter and Modoc counties all allowed businesses to reopen because they have fewer coronavirus cases than other parts of the state”.

It’s more than likely he is doing it because of the people that live there.

Sutter County. ” Strongly Republican in presidential and congressional elections. The last democrat to win a majority in the county was Franklin Roosevelt in 1940.”

Modoc County. Strongly Republican in Presidential and cogressional elections. It is the most Republican county in California. The last Democrat to win a majority in the county was Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Yuba County. Republican in the last five Presidential elections.
In the last Presidential election, Yuba county remained strongly Republican, 57.3% to 34.4%. * This makes me wonder how a democrat won the congressional seat.

*Stanislaus County should be next on Newsom’s hit list, Stanislaus has decided to ignore Newsom’s orders. The county is a “battleground” politically. If,or should I say when actual combat with firearms “kicked off” this would be a hot spot, if not the front line. There would be hundreds, if not thousands of casualties the first few days. The citizens are heavly armed. This is my county.

Alameda is a democrat county. Newsom lets the county do it’s own thing while attacking 3 Republican counties. This is obvious political descrimination.

*If you are one of the few democrats that live in these counties, consider yourself abandoned by your party leader. Newsom considers you a acceptable loss, killed by friendly fire.

Like everything else Newsom does, this is abuse of his power if not criminal. The quickest, more realistic solution to end this is by taking all disaster relief funding provided by the Federal government and relieve the state of the responsibility to issue it out. Give it directly to the counties.

Some might be asking, “Do you have any more proof about him stealing the disaster funds?”

Personally, I think how he handled these counties is enough proof to start a investigation. A person might say, “it’s the same as Trump witholding funds from California.” It’s not. These counties are not breaking any laws.. They’re not trying to cover their debt that had accumilated prior to the pandemic. That’s exactly what Newsome is doing. Trying to cover the debt of the state that accumilated prior to the pandemic. A debt the democrats created. Make no mistake, Newsom wants that money.

What we should keep in mind.

It seemsa like yesterday when Newsome was going to rehab for his cocaine addiction. That was around the same time when he was cheating on his wife and having an affair with his campaign managers wife, doing lines is the nearest bathroom.

Just imagine. The manager is out telling everyone how great Newsom is while at the same time, his wife is in the back seat of the family car having a good time with Newsom.

Newsom, a guy that screws over his wife and his most trusting friend. He is a person that knows zero about loyalty and lkacks integrity and morality. This is a person that has proven to be untrustworthy. Yet, he wins the election.

  • I don’t believe he got the legal amount of votes required to win. When the polls closed on election day, Newsome was behind. Just like most of the democrats in the election. He along with the other democrats won after the mail in votes were counted. Ballots that come in after the polls that arrive by mail don’t get inspected the same way they do when the polls are open. Democrats changed that rule. All fake ballots make it through, unchallanged.. It doesn’t help matters when many of the election officials are corrupt.

Newsom and his crew of pirates need to be audited. The first place I would start would be the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) and their branch, Cal Fire.

I would investigate every piece of equipment owned by Cal Fire. If you have been paying attention in the past you will have noticed that many of the aircraft used to fight fires in California are owned by private contractors or other sources. Cal Fire has not been using their own equipment.

A good question would be, “If they are paying private contractors or other sources to fight fires then why have they spent so much money buying their own equipment?”

Here is some of the aircraft owned by Cal Fire. This information comes from Wikipedia

“In support of its ground forces, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) emergency response air program includes 23 Grumman S-2T 1,200 gallon airtankers, eleven UH-1H Super Huey helicopters, and 14 OV-10A airtactical aircraft. These aircraft are stationed at 13 air attack and 10 helitack bases located statewide.”

Then there is the expense to maintain the equipment.

The average annual budget of the CAL FIRE Aviation Management Program is nearly $20 million.”

I shoul also ad the following.  This comes from a prior post of mine titled,

Kincade fire revisited. 

“In addition I found the following. They have 61 dozers, 50 fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft which include , 2 Air King A200 and 1 or more of the following, Dornier Do-228, C-23A Sherpa (SD3-30), Air Tractor AT-802A “FireBoss”mman S-2T, Lockheed P-2 Neptune, CL-215/ Bombardier 415 “Superscooper”, Douglas DC-7,McDonnell Douglas MD-87, British Aerospace Bae 146/ Avro RJ85, L188 Electra, Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Boeing 747, DC-10, AH-1 Firewatch “Cobra” ,Sikorsky S-61, Sikorsky S-64, Sikorsky S -70 “Firehawk”,Eurocopter AS-332L, Boeing-Vertol BV 107, Boeing 234 “Chinook”, Kaman “K-Max”, Bell 212, Bell 205 A++, Bell 412, Bell 407, Bell 206B “JetRanger”, Bell 206L-III “LongRanger”, Eurocopter AS350 AStar, MD 500D, Aérospatiale SA 315B “Lama”, Alouette 316B, Lockheed C-130, UH -60 “Blackhawk”, Boeing CH-46 “Sea Knight”, CH -47 “Chinook”, Sikorsky CH-53E “Super Stallion” (Sikorsky S-80E). For details click here.”

Cal Fires budget is up to 2.6 billion a year.

Why have the equipment if we are not using it? We need  inventory every piece of equipment.  We will be lucky if it’s  all there.

Before the Federal government gives any more money to the state of California, as well as any other state, they should require some sort of proof that shows prior spending matched request or purpose for the funding..  It’s  not too much to ask for.  If you or I are going to give someone money, we are going to want to know what it’s  spent on.  We are going to expect it to be spent on what we were told it was for.

Newsome is just like every other Democrat in a leadership position, corrupt.  It wouldn’t  surprise me if the democrats weren’t busy rigging the 2020 election, while all the focus is on the pandemic.

The whole concept of waiting for a covid-19 vaccine is stupidity at its best.  We have been looking for a vaccine  for HIV since the early 80’s.  In 2019 the US spent a minimum of 34 billion  on HIV. 

Still  no vaccine.

Democrats know this.  Newsome and the rest of the democrat leadership are nothing more than a band of grifters.  They are an embarrassment to every American, among many other things.

Law Enforcement and the Justice Department need step up and start making arrests  Treat the politicians the same way they treat everyone else.   It will only take a few before they start telling on each other.  Then they all fall.  It’s  that easy.

Respectfully,

Deplorable Patriot.

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