Voter Fraud

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Cory Booker is just one of numerous Democrats caught up in voter fraud scandals (see the 2007 Essex County case). Photo by Kelly Bell.

Major Democrat voter fraud has been catalogued below for every year from 2018 to 1990, and for every semi-annual election (even years) dating back to 1976. The following is a list of cases of voter fraud, organized by election cycle[notes 1] Contrary to the common claim made by Democrats[notes 2], voter fraud is consistently perpetrated each election cycle by the Democratic Party, and has played a role in the careers of key Democrats.

Obama, for example, was elected in 2008 due to widespread voter fraud by ACORN, who he got his start in politics with as a community organizer.[1] Cory Booker's aide, Joaquin Caceres, was convicted of ballot fraud in the 2007 Essex County, NJ scandal.[2] The key U.S. Senator, Al Franken, who gave Democrats their 2009 Supermajority allowing them to pass bills, most notably Obamacare, without any Republican votes, was elected through absentee ballot fraud.[3]

Washington D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser, had her campaign staffers helping collect signatures for Councilman Kathryn Allen in 2018 at the same time Allen had over 3,000 of her signatures disqualified for widespread fraud.[4] In 2012, Eric Holder successfully sued the state of Florida to keep it from removing 2,600 illegal immigrants from voter rolls.[5] That same year, Democrat U.S. Senator Wendy Rosen was found guilty of voter fraud as was the son and Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Jim Moran.[6][7] Ohio poll worker Melowese Richardson bragged publicly about voting repeatedly in multiple elections to help Barack Obama, and was honored by Al Sharpton after being released from prison for committing voter fraud.[8]

In one of the most high-profile cases, the U.S. Justice Department in 2006 sued Ike Brown, the Noxubee County, MS, Democratic Executive Committee Chairman for discriminating against white voters to get black politicians elected across Mississippi by illegally marking absentee ballots, sending white voters letters warning them they will be challenged at the polls, and importing black voters into the county. The case, United States v. Ike Brown (2007), found that Brown had violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the rights of the county's white minority.[9]

Even though the odds are in some cases stacked against identifying voter fraud, particularly in the fifteen states which refuse to provide voter data to the federal government,[10] and election officials have ways to hide their misdeeds, oftentimes for years, there have still been numerous officials caught. The prosecution of officials and individuals who get caught perpetrating voter fraud is itself a time-consuming, drawn-out process. Furthermore, certain news organizations like CNN are far less inclined to report on Democrat voter fraud, which can result in a lack of news coverage even when FBI press releases and local coverage reports on voter fraud. Democrats oppose election transparency and electoral reforms precisely because they benefit immensely from voter fraud at a national level.

Only clear cases of election fraud are listed below. Cases where the person is disputed as a resident (e.g. they were moving between states or lacked a clear address) are generally not included, in an attempt to show only clear cases of rigging elections--not potentially well-meaning citizens who simply voted in the wrong states due to technicalities. Because Democrats typically claim voter fraud doesn't exist, whereas Republicans claim that it does, cases involving Republicans are shown separately, since dishonest Democrats might otherwise attempt to dishonestly portray the fraud as primarily perpetrated by Republicans. For cases involving Republicans, see voter fraud cases not included.

2018 Elections

California Wrongly Registers 23,000

Over 23,000 were wrongfully registered by the state of California. Although California has blamed the error on a computer glitch, and claims that all of the 1,600 people who were registered to vote against their will were U.S. citizens, that statement is clearly false, since the entire situation was exposed by a Canadian who contacted the Los Angeles Times complaining that the state's automatic voter registration system had incorrectly registered him to vote.[11]

Washington, D.C.--D.C. Councilman S. Kathryn Allen

Washington D.C. Councilman S. Kathryn Allen, the handpicked candidate of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and former D.C. Mayor Tony Williams (who himself committed election fraud in 2002), was removed from the November ballot after more than 3,000 of her 6,086 petition signatures were disqualified, placing her below the 3,000 signature minimum, following a challenge by her opponent Elissa Silverman. Even the names of the alleged petition collectors had been forged, resulting in Leonard Howard Jr., Tameka Lewter, and DeShawnda Harris testifying that they had not collected hundreds of signatures falsely listed in their names.[13]

What is more, the mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser, had her own campaign staffers collecting signatures to get Allen on the ballot. That such major election fraud is occurring right here in the nation's Capitol is evident of just how widespread and problematic voter fraud is.

Los Angeles, CA--9 Charged with Bribery

Nine people have been charged with a large-scale voter fraud scheme to bribe homeless individuals with cigarettes and cash in exchange for votes.

Collingdale, PA--Harry S. Maxwell

The 79-year-old Maxwell surrendered on November 19th to authorities and is facing voter fraud first-degree misdemeanor charges that include "forgery, tampering with records, conspiracy, and violations of the elections code." Rather than an isolated incident, Maxwell has admitted to using prostitutes to commit widespread absentee ballot fraud.

Roma, TX--Modesta Vela

The 60-year-old Vela was arrested at a non-profit food pantry and faces charges of tampering with a government record related to voter fraud. Her bond is set at $60,000 according to the 229th District Attorney Omar Escobar. According to the Associated Press' Berenice Garcia, "Investigators from the DA’s office previously arrested Vela on Oct. 4 on charges of illegal voting, knowingly possessing a ballot or ballot envelope of another person with the intent to defraud, and election fraud, in addition to a misdemeanor unlawful assistance of a voter charge." She previously assisted 200 voters with their mail-in ballots earlier this year, a matter that is still under investigation.[16]

Broward County, FL

Brenda Snipes, the head of Broward County's election board, resigned in November 2018 in the face of widespread nationwide criticism for her mishandling of ballots spanning more than a decade. While she has alleged that "racism" is to blame for her being ousted, her county was the only one in the state which failed to meet election deadlines (by 2 minutes[17]), and in the recount process, her office misplaced more than 2,000 ballots. Even after the recount finished she refused to say whether there were still ballots to be counted, in violation of Florida election laws. This is after a state judge ruled she broke the state's election laws by unlawfully destroying ballots for the 2016 primary election instead of waiting the required 22 months. Her office did not place the 2016 medical marijuana amendment question on some ballots.

Per reporting by FOX Business' Nicole Darrah, "A week after the 2012 election, about 1,000 uncounted ballots were suddenly discovered. And in 2004, about 58,000 mail-in ballots were not delivered, requiring workers to hurry to replace them. Just last week, a Broward County judge found that Snipes had violated Florida open records laws by failing to quickly provide voting records to attorneys for Scott's Senate campaign."[19]

Anderson, IN--Datwaon Traye Collier

Datwaon Traye Collier, 27, is charged with 30 counts of misdemeanor ballot fraud after he fabricated voter registration forms. He took names from his cellphone and fabricated addresses and Social Security Numbers.[21]

Pike County, PA

Someone apparently voted using another person's name, a third-degree felony. The fraud was discovered when the real voter showed up and it was found their signature did not match the name signed by a previous voter in the poll book for them. They were allowed to vote upon showing photo I.D. and police are currently seeking the fraudulent voter.[22]

Charleston, WV--Jeffrey Hartman

Jeffrey Hartman, 73, voted in both Maryland and West Virginia elections dating back to 2006. Hartman has been sentenced to 30 days in jail, one year probation, and fined $100 and court costs.[23]

Baltimore, MD--Doctor, Michael Nana Baako

In May 2019 a Grand Jury indicted Michael Nana Baako, 50, of Ghana on charges of passport fraud, falsely claiming U.S. citizenship, and illegally voting in 10 elections from 2006-18, after his petition for U.S. citizenship was denied in 2001 on grounds that he had entered into a sham marriage for purposes of gaining citizenship. Baako is a physician who practiced in Maryland hospitals and ran his own clinic, Biako Healthcare.[24]

2017 Elections

Edinburg, TX Mayor Richard Molina

The Texas Attorney General has arrested nearly 20 individuals for illegally voting in last year's Edinburg municipal elections through registering at addresses they did not live at. The race resulted in the defeat of long-time mayor Richard Garcia by Richard Molina. "Four people allegedly used the address of an apartment complex owned by Molina, who won by more than 1,200 votes, to illegally cast votes. Two of them were arrested in May and June, while two more were arrested Thursday."[25]

In acknowledging that his campaign workers were arrested, Molina nonetheless denied responsibility.

In April 2019, the mayor, Richard Molina, was arrested. Nearly 20 people have now been arrested in the case.[27]

Canton, MS--8 Charged

Courtney Rainey, Canton's Director of Human and Cultural Needs and a Canton School Board member, is charged with offering money and gift cards in exchange for votes. Also charged are Canton's former police chief and current Canton Alderman Vicky McNeil, the Deputy City Clerk Desmand King, and three others, Donnell Robinson, Jennifer Robinson, and Sherman Matlock. Most of the charges involve the 2017 Canton Municipal Elections.[28] Canton Alderman Andrew Grant has since been charged with voter fraud as well.[29] The long-time city clerk, Valerie Smith, has since been charged with three counts of violating voter registration statutes.[30]

St. Louis Park, MN--MCTC Student

A student at MCTC in St. Louis Park, MN, Zameahia J. Ismail, voted twice for Abdi Warsame in the 6th Ward City Council race that Warsame ultimately won by just 239 of 7,234 votes cast. She voted for Warsame "because he was going to help the Somalian community." Investigators are currently looking into whether this was a broader voter fraud conspiracy since there was an organized voter drive on the MCTC campus and she arrived at the polling place with a second acquaintance who was also told to vote for Warsame.[31]

2016 Elections

Fort Worth, TX--4-Person Fraud Ring

Four women in Fort Worth are facing felony charges related to voter fraud in what Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office has termed an organized voter fraud ring. A grand jury indicted Leticia Sanchez, Leticia Sanchez Tepichin, Maria Solis and Laura Parra for preying on elderly voters by stealing their information and forging their signatures for use on absentee ballots.[32]

The scheme was funded by an ex-Tarrant County Democratic Party leader, Stuart Clegg, and the fax machine of former Fort Worth councilman Sal Espino was used to fax the ballots. Upon learning of the state's investigation, Leticia Sanchez sent text messages to the other three conspirators telling them not to cooperate with the investigation.[34]

IN--Patriots Majority USA Submits Hundreds of False Voter Registrations

The Democratic group Patriots Majority USA had its subsidiary, the Indiana Voter Registration Project, charged with voter fraud.[35] A supervisor, Holiday Burke, and 11 temporary workers were charged with submitting hundreds of false voter registrations in order to meet daily quota requirements.

CA--Computer System Hacked, 20 Voters Unable to Vote

After hackers broke into California's state-run voter registration system, at least twenty voters (and possibly far more) were unable to vote in their party's primary elections. The hackers unlawfully accessed voter information via the California Secretary of State's election website but because the website did not record their IP addresses, the hackers cannot be tracked.[37] TIME Magazine's Michael Hestrin specifically focused on this case in arguing that voter fraud is a serious problem.[38]

Gordon, AL Mayor Elbert Melton

The former mayor plead guilty to absentee ballot fraud after he defeated challenger Priscilla Wilson by a 16-vote margin. Melton unlawfully notarized two ballots and stole $1,700 from city funds. He has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.[39]

Harrisonburg, VA--Andrew Spieles

NC--Election Worker and 19 Foreign Nationals Charged

The U.S. Attorney General, Robert J. Higdon, Jr. has charged nineteen foreign nationals for unlawfully voting in elections prior to and on November 8, 2016. Multiple defendants voted in more than one election.

An election worker, Denslo Allen Paige, 66, of Wake County, North Carolina, was also sentenced for encouraging Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena to vote illegally. Paige told Guadalupe-Pena that “if he wanted his voice to be heard, he needed to vote.” Paige was a paid volunteer and former election official with the NC Board of Elections. The former election official was sentenced "to two (2) months active time in the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons, one (1) year supervised release, $250 fine, and a $25 special assessment." [41]

Palm Beach, FL--Dozens of Forged Ballot Signatures

As pointed out by the RNLA, dozens of forged absentee ballots were discovered in Palm Beach, FL, but the police chose to drop the investigation because they couldn't find a suspect.

Urbana, IL--Foreign National Charged

Miguel Valencia-Sandoval, 33, was charged with illegally voting in the 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 elections after he paid $50,000 in 2005 for the birth certificate of a Texas man, Ramiro Guerrero-Vasquez, and used it to obtain a passport in Champaign, IL.[44][45]

Buffalo, NY--Foreign National Charged

St. Louis, MO--Foreign National Charged

Kevin Williams, also known as Kunlay Sodipo, of Nigeria, voted illegally in the 2012 and 2016 elections.

Raleigh, NC--Foreign National Charged

Baltimore, MD--Foreign National Charged

Beaumont, TX--Foreign National Charged

Harrisonburg, VA--Dead Voters

A voter registration group called Harrisonburg Votes turned in 20 voter registrations for deceased individuals. The FBI is investigating.[50][51]

Montgomery County, TX--Foreign National

Laura Janeth Garza, 38, was charged with felony voter impersonation and ineligible voting for voting in the 2004, 2012, and 2016 elections. She was given a 10-year jail sentence, a $10,000 fine, and will be deported after serving her sentence. She obtained documents to steal a U.S. citizen's identity and then illegally registered to vote in Harris County using the alias Angie Yadira Zamora.[52]

Rio Grande Valley, TX--Foreign National

Bernice Annette Garcia is accused of unlawfully using a deceased person's ID to vote in the 2016 Democratic primary elections. Charges include illegal voting and providing false information.[53]

2015 Elections

Eatonville, FL Mayor Anthony Grant

The Eatonville, FL Mayor Anthony Grant was found guilty by a jury of felony voter fraud, a felony election violation, and a misdemeanor absentee voting violation. Two of his associates, campaign aides Mia Nowells and James Randolph were also charged. Nowells was found guilty of coercing a voter to select Grant, but Randolph was found not guilty.[54]

Troy, NY Mayoral Candidate Ernest Everett

Ernest Everett, a Democrat candidate for Troy, NY Mayor, was initially charged with 2nd-degree forgery and 1st-degree offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies, after he fabricated false nominating petition signatures for the 2015 Democratic primary election for Mayor.[56] The felony counts were eventually dropped and replaced with 7 misdemeanor charges.[57]

Research by the Daily Caller's Rusty Weiss uncovered a broader conspiracy involving Everett and other key figures in the race.

Hoboken, NJ City Councilman Frank Raia and 3 Others

Multiple residents of Hoboken, NJ have been charged with encouraging voter fraud by bribing voters at the direction of Hoboken City Council candidate Frank Raia, a Democrat.[59] On May 7th, 2019 Matthew Calicchio, 28, plead guilty to using mails to bribe voters through a voter fraud scheme in the 2013-15 municipal Newark elections. Others accused include Lizaida Camis (who plead guilty in November), Willie Rojas, and Dio Braxton (who plead guilty in May), as well as at least one other person.[60]

According to, "The charges facing Raia jolted Hoboken, where it’s long been an open secret that local political machines paid for votes using mail-in ballots." In April 2019, a legal attempt by Frank Raia to face a separate trial from Dio Braxton was denied by U.S. District Judge William J. Martini.[61]

Alorton, IL Trustee Davione Kidd & 6 Others

Davione M. Kidd, 24, a Trustee for Alorton, IL was charged with one count of tampering with an absentee ballot. Brian McDouglar, 38, of Cahokia, IL was also charged with three counts of tampering with an absentee ballot. Five others have been found guilty of absentee ballot fraud in St. Clair County as well since 2012:[63] McDouglar was ultimately sentenced to two years in state prison for unlawfully taking the absentee ballot of a voter he had no relation to and depositing it in the mail.[64] Steveland Kidd was sentenced to 12 days in the county jail and is prohibited from future campaign/electioneering activities.[65]

McColl, SC Mayor Bobby Odom, 2 Charged

Two brothers, William White and Bobby Ray White, were charged with offering crack cocaine, beer, and cash to voters in exchange for their votes on behalf of McColl Mayor Bobby Odom, who won the election by 55 votes, 348 to 293. Arrest warrants from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) show that the two were charged with conspiracy and procuring or offering to procure votes by bribery.[66][67]

2014 Elections

Opelousas, LA Mayor--Donald Cravins Sr.

State Sen. Elbort Guillory released a video via the Black Conservatives Fund showing the Democrat Mayor, Donald Cravins Sr., urging his supporters to commit voter fraud and vote twice.

Sullivan County, IN--County Councilman Max Judson

Judson was sentenced in November 2017 for four counts of election fraud and witness tampering for committing absentee ballot fraud in the 2014 Sullivan County primary election, following his arrest by the FBI on September 28, 2015. Judson had defeated his opponent Sonner Faught by a razor-thin margin of 18 votes, with the sheriff's race decided by 24 votes. He was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day in federal prison and fined $500.[69][70][35]

Bloomingburg, NY--Shalom Lamm, 3 Others

Real estate developers Shalom Lamm and two associates, Kenneth Nakdimen and Volvy Smilowitz were found guilty of attempting to orchestrate a takeover of the village of Bloomingburg, NY by falsely registering voters who lived outside the village limits by signing and backdating leases for them. The Mamakating, NY town supervisor, Harold Baird (an Independent), was also found guilty.[71] Lamm paid the head of a yeshiva $30,000 a month to encourage students to move to the village if they promised to register and vote. Lamm was ultimately sentenced to 10 months in prison, a year of supervised release, 400 hours of community service, and a $20,000 fine.[72][73]

Boone County, MO--4 Charged

Four persons were arrested and charged with felony voter fraud for falsifying petition signatures as part of an unsuccessful bid by Democrat groups to get an early-voting proposal on the Missouri ballot. Keven Hayes, a homeless man, was arrested on three counts of forgery for submitting 363 false signatures which included names of deceased persons and three people who when contacted said they had not signed the petition. Hayes collected the signatures for Buzzard Bay Strategies, which paid bonuses to those collecting the most signatures. Forgery warrants were also issued for Tracy Renee Jones, Danny Lawrence Williams and Rogell Coker Jr.[75]

Perth Amboy, NJ--City Council Chairwoman Leslie Dominguez-Rodriguez

Perth Amboy, NJ had its November 2014 election result for a city council seat invalidated by a Superior Court judge who found that Democrat chairwoman Leslie Dominguez-Rodriguez had helped her husband Jose Rodriguez win a Board of Education election by committing massive absentee ballot fraud by taking advantage of elderly nursing home residents. Even though Dominguez-Rodriguez resigned in the face of widespread outrage, she remained undeterred, and promptly tried the next day to take out 1,000 more vote-by-mail ballot applications.[76]

GA 34,000 False Voter Registrations

Tens of thousands of Georgia voter registration forms have false Social Security Numbers listed, including over 11,000 that resulted from a voter registration drive by Democrat gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams. Not a single one has attempted to vote or correct the information, which as noted by Erick Erickson of The Telegraph raises the question of whether they are actually real people.

Nassau County, NY--Voter Impersonation

A District Court Judge in Nassau County, Helen Voutsinas, discovered on election day that someone had impersonated her at the polls. She was unable to vote until a state Supreme Court Justice issued an order allowing her to vote.[79]

2013 Elections

Taylor, PA Councilman--Eugene Gallagher

The Taylor Borough Councilman was jailed for voter fraud after he forged voter's absentee ballots, some of whom didn't even live in Taylor. As reported by ABC WNEP 16's Stacy Lange, "According to court papers, Gallagher influenced at least six people to register to vote in Taylor. Some of the new voters didn't even live in the borough. Then, Gallagher filled out their absentee ballots himself and turned them in at the Lackawanna County Board of Elections office in Scranton."[80]

Philadelphia, PA Poll Worker--Dianah Gregory

In February 2014 a Philadelphia election worker was arrested for tampering with voting machines during the November 2013 election. Dianah Gregory, a Democrat, forced her way into an election booth to write her name on another voter’s ballot for the position of election judge, and wrote her name on the side of the booth.[81] She has since been sentenced to 15 months’ probation, fined $5,000, and is required to perform 15 hours of community service.[82]

Dothan, AL--4 City Commission Campaign Officials

The 49-year-old Lesa Coleman was convicted on seven counts of felony absentee ballot fraud related to the 2013 2nd District Dothan City Commission election which Amos Newsome won. She is one of four campaign workers for Newsome facing criminal charges for election fraud. The others are Olivia Lee Reynolds, 66, Janice Hart, 64, and Daniel Reynolds, 38.[83] Olivia Lee Reynolds, Newsome's girlfriend, was found guilty on 24 counts of absentee ballot fraud. Janice Hart plead guilty to misdemeanor absentee ballot fraud and was sentenced to 12 months in the Houston County Jail, only to have the sentence reduced to two years probation.[84]

Sunland Park, NM--Campaign Worker Silvia Gomez

Gomez pleaded guilty to registering voters at false addresses so they could unlawfully vote in the Sunland Park municipal election, and was sentenced to 3 years probation.[85]

Hattiesburg, MS--7 Charged

Seven people were charged with misdemeanor voting fraud for voting in the 2013 Hattiesburg mayoral elections despite living outside the city limits. At least three pleaded guilty as of December 1st, 2014.[86]

Colorado Dead Voters

2012 Elections

FL--Eric Holder Sues to Let 2,600 Illegals Vote

After the state of Florida identified 85 voters that were registered illegally, it determined that an additional 2,600 voters appeared to be registered illegally, and sent letters requiring them to prove their citizenship before the election. However, Attorney General Eric Holder successfully sued to stop their removal by claiming their names could not be removed less than 90 days before an election.[5] Florida Governor Rick Scott had earlier sued the Department of Homeland Security to gain access to the federal SAVE database in order to purge voting rolls of non-citizens, but was blocked by Holder's Department of Justice.[88]

Rep. Wendy Rosen

Wendy Rosen, a Democrat running for Maryland's 1st Congressional District, resigned in September of 2012, and pled guilty in 2013 to voting illegally in two elections.[89] Rosen was sentenced to five years’ probation and a $5,000 fine.[90]

VA Rep. Jim Moran's Son/Chief of Staff

The son and Director of Field Operations for Democrat Representative Jim Moran resigned from his campaign in October of 2012 after being caught on video explaining how to use voter fraud to help Obama win the election.[91] The Congressman’s son Patrick Moran can be seen on recorded video saying “Bank statement would obviously be tough, but they can fake a utility bill easily enough, you know?”[7] Moran's son endorsed a scheme to fraudulently vote on behalf of 100 people.[92]

FL State Rep. Joe Garcia's Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff for Florida State Representative Joe Garcia, Jeffrey Garcia (no relation) resigned on May 31st, 2013 for manipulating the 2012 Florida elections with hundreds of fake absentee ballots.[93]

AR State Rep. Hudson Hallum

In September 2012 Democrat State Representative Hudson Hallum pleaded guilty to bribing voters with chicken dinners and cheap vodka for their absentee ballots in a 2011 election.[94] Also pleading guilty were two other Democrats, his father Kent Hallum and West Memphis City Councilman Phillip Wayne Carter; as well as a West Memphis Police Officer named Sam Malone.[95] Hallum was ultimately sentenced to three years’ probation including nine months of home confinement, fined $20,000, and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.[96]

35,570 NC Voters Double Voted

North Carolina's Board of Elections found, by searching a database comparing votes from different states, that 35,570 North Carolina voters shared the same first names, last names, and dates of birth as those who'd voted in different states. In 765 cases, North Carolina voters shared the same last 4 Social Security Number digits as those in other states. In at least 40 to 50 cases, North Carolina voters had submitted absentee ballots at a time when they were not only deceased, but it was so long after their death that it was impossible for them to have submitted the ballots.[97] Since Obama won North Carolina by only 14,177 votes out of 2.3 million votes cast, it is very possible that Indiana's 2012 result was decided through voter fraud.[70]

Bridgeport, CT--State Rep. Christine Ayala

Ayala fabricated residential addresses to vote in 8 different elections between 2009 and 2012.[98]

Martin, KY Mayor--Ruth T. Robinson

Seattle, WA--James Webb Baker

James Webb Baker of Seattle pleaded guilty to one count of voter intimidation and one count of identification fraud for sending fake letters to 200 Republican Party donors in Florida warning them they would be arrested if voting.[100]

Cincinnati, OH Poll Worker--Melowese Richardson

In March 2013 a Democrat poll worker, Melowese Richardson, was indicted for voting illegally at least six times in the 2012 elections, along with illegal votes in both 2008 and 2011. Richardson defended her illegal actions by saying, “I'll fight it for Mr. Obama and Mr. Obama's right to sit as president of the United States.”[101] Also indicted for illegal voting were Marguerite Kloos and Russell Glassop.[102] A year later Al Sharpton honored Melowese Richardson at a rally after she was released early from a 5-year prison sentence, going so far as to hug her for committing voter fraud to help Obama win.[8]

Donna, TX--5 Campaign Workers

Cameron County, TX--6 Democrats Arrested

Six women were arrested for various forms of voter fraud committed in the July 2012 Democratic primary runoff election and booked into the Cameron County jail.

Hidalgo County, TX--2 Campaign Workers

Phenix City, AL--2 Charged with Voter Fraud

Two women were charged with forgery and absentee ballot fraud in the 2012 Phenix City municipal elections. The two women charged were Shelia Pritchett, 50, and Stephanie Elias, 31.[106]

Brownsville, TX--Sonia Leticia Solis

Carteret County, NC--Jim Turner

North Carolina Democrat Jim Turner bragged on Facebook that he had voted four times already for Obama in four different precincts and was going to vote once more.[108] A few days after this became public Turner claimed he had just been joking.[109] Turner is a local journalist whose daughter was a news anchor for WCTI News. Ironically, Jim Turner's wife Jean Turner heads the Carteret County Democratic Party and in December 2013 sent out a newsletter on behalf of the party arguing against voter fraud laws.[110]

2011 Elections

Jeffersonville, IN Campaign Worker

Michael L. Marshall, a Democratic campaign worker on Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan’s 2011 campaign was sentenced to 18 months in prison for voter fraud with 9 months suspended and fined $450 on charges of voter fraud, perjury, and forgery. With credit for good time, it is likely he will only serve four and a half months according to Jennings County Clerk Mary Kilgore. Marshall falsified absentee ballot applications for his son, Vernon Marshall; his brother, Robert Marshall; and his former roommate, Kevin Phelps. Once he serves his sentence, his felony convictions will be reduced to misdemeanors, and Marshall has been allowed to retain his liquor license.[111]

2010 Elections

MA State Rep. Stephen Smith

A Democrat State Representative in Massachusetts, Stephen Smith, pled guilty to charges of voter fraud in December of 2012. Smith used fraudulent absentee ballots in both 2009 and 2010.[112] According to the FBI's report Smith's plea agreement required that he resign from office on January 1st, 2013, and he will not be eligible to run for office for five years afterward.[113]

IN State Rep. Mike Marshall, 3 Others

Indiana State Rep. Mike Marshall was sentenced in 2013 to 18 months in prison for absentee ballot fraud related to the 2010 elections. Marshall pled guilty to falsifying absentee ballot applications for his brother Robert Marshall, his son Vernon Marshall, and his former roommate Kevin Phelp. After his conviction, he was embraced by the Democratic Party, who hired him back and even featured him in a documentary, 'Electoral Dysfunction,' that accuses Republicans of voter suppression. As Jennings County Democratic-party chairman Karen Snyder stated about Marshall, "I am just really disappointed. There are no victims in this case. I know Mike as well as most people and I trust him. Without question, we will welcome Mike back to work for the party."[70][35]

Lincoln County, WV Commissioner, Sheriff, Clerk

Paterson, NJ--Councilman Rigo Rodriguez and Wife

Former Paterson Councilman Rigo Rodriguez and his wife, Lissette, were indicted for election fraud. As related by NJ Advance Media's Jeff Goldman, "The pair also allegedly had ballots submitted as votes for people who never received the ballots, completed them or authorized that they be cast. Once the State Police caught on to the scheme, authorities said, Rodriguez and his wife instructed campaign workers to lie."[116]

Reno, NV--Hortencia Segura-Munoz

An illegal immigrant, Segura-Munoz voted in both the 2008 and 2012 Nevada elections by using a false name. According to the Associated Press, "Prosecutors say she registered as a Republican, but it's not known which candidates she voted for or if her voting affected any close elections."[117]

Pontiac, MI--Dead Voter

The mummified body of Pia Farrenkopf was discovered in a garage. Despite having died in 2008, she somehow voted in the 2010 elections.[118][70]

2009 Elections

MN Sen. Al Franken

Al Franken, the Senator who gave Democrats their supermajority in 2009, won through a recount where 12,000 absentee ballots were thrown out.[3] According to the New York Times, “Mr. Franken won by 312 votes, while state officials rejected 12,000 absentee ballots.”[119] Despite trailing at the end of the election, thousands of mysterious absentee ballots emerged after the elections had closed to given Franken the victory and Democrats complete control of Congress, allowing them to pass any legislation they wanted without Republican votes.[120]

Troy, NY--Eight Democrat Officials

Eight different Democrat officials stand accused of voter fraud in the 2009 Working Families Primary, and as of January 2012, four of them had pleaded guilty to falsifying absentee ballots. Hundreds of faked ballots, as well as forgery instruments, were uncovered by the investigation.[121][72]

2008 Elections


The 2008 ACORN national scandal had numerous cases of Democrat voter fraud across the United States leading to 18 convictions.[122] In Philadelphia alone 1,500 fraudulent voter registrations were submitted.[1]

St. Joseph County, IN--4 DNC Officials

Four St. Joseph County Democrat officials were convicted of forging signatures to help put Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the 2008 ballot. The ringleader, St. Joseph County Democratic Party Chairman Butch Morgan, was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to one year in prison and one year in community corrections. The others sentenced were Pam Brunette, Bev Shelton, and Dustin Blythe.[123][35]

Los Angeles, CA State Senator Roderick Wright

Wright was found guilty as part of an eight-county felony indictment of committing voter fraud and perjury when falsely claiming on his voter registration form that he lived in the district so he could run for office. He was sentenced to 90 days confinement (reduced to 1 hour in jail and 2.5 years probation) and given a lifetime ban on holding public office. He was pardoned in November 2018 by California Governor Jerry Brown.[126]

2007 Elections

Essex County, NJ Freeholder Samuel Gonzalez, Cory Booker Aide Joaquin Caceres, 3 Others

Samuel Gonzalez, Essex County Freeholder, was the highest-ranking official to resign in a voting fraud scandal related to his wife, State Senator Teresa Ruiz. Also pleading guilty to absentee ballot fraud and ballot tampering were Newark Mayor Cory Booker's aide, Joaquin Caceres, and an aide to Democratic power broker Steven Adubato, Jonathon Kowalski. Two employees of the Essex County Department of Economic Development, John Fernandez, 58, and Edwin Cruz, 48, were also charged.[2]

Jackson, GA Council Member Tommy Raney, 4 Others

Raney, his campaign worker Debra Brown, and 3 others plead guilty to ballot fraud, Timothy Boyd, Evelyn Price, and Progress-Argus Publisher Marshall Avett. The race had been decided by 27 votes, but 49 of the 57 absentee mail-in ballots were determined to have been fraudulent.[127]

Tunica, MI--Lessadolla Sowers

Roff, a Democrat and leader in the county's NAACP chapter, was found guilty of casting fraudulent absentee ballots in the 2007 primary election.[129]

St. Louis, MO--Deidra Humphrey

2006 Elections

Frankfort, KY Election Commissioner Charles Wayne Jones, 7 Others

Clay County election commissioner Charles Wayne Jones and others were sentenced for voter fraud. Others convicted included Clay County Circuit Court Judge Russell Cletus Maricle, 65, school superintendent Douglas C. Adams, 57, Clay County Clerk, Freddy Thompson, 45, Election officer William E.Stivers, 56, Paul E.Bishop, 60, William B.Morris, 66, and Debra L. Morris, 49.[132]

Monroe County, KY County Judge Executive Wilbur Graves, 5 Others

MT Governor Brian Schweitzer

Schweitzer bragged in a speech to a legal group about how he had intervened to get fellow Democrat Jon Tester elected to the U.S. Senate in the 2006 elections. Schweitzer described his use of the police to stop poll workers from monitoring a Native American tribal district so that "We didn't lose one single vote." The Governor also boasted of how he manipulated the crucial Butte County vote, by calling the county clerk and recorder in charge of vote counting, Mary A. McMahon. When McMahon told him she would finish counting votes in 15 minutes, Schweitzer told her that he would call her when she was finished. Attempts by Republicans to initiate an investigation were rejected by the Democratic State Attorney General Mike McGrath.[135]

2005 Elections

Shelby County, TN--6 Charged Including 3 Poll Workers

In an unusual step, the Tennessee State Senate voted 26-6 to void the 2005 special election that had been very narrowly won by Democrat Ophelia Ford against Republican Terry Roland by just 13 votes out of 8,748 ballots cast. Following an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 37 charges that included illegal voting and filing false entries were filed against three poll workers in Shelby County, Verline Mayo, Gertrude Otteridge, and Mary McClatcher. The poll workers forged at least three votes including two in the names of dead voters, and were fired by the Election Commission. Although Ford was removed from office after the election was voided, the Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons stressed that there was no evidence she herself was involved. According to Gibbons, "There was an effort on the part of certain individuals in Precinct 27-1 to cast some illegal votes for Miss Ford, but I stress that there was nothing to indicate that she knew anything about that."[136][137]

Nonetheless, Ford's actions were themselves suspicious. She filed suit to block the State Senate's decision, and her brother, Harold Ford Sr., the former State Senator who she was replacing and who had just been removed from office on charges of federal bribery and public corruption, intervened on her behalf to falsely accuse a Republican poll worker named Martha Hensley.[137]

Greensboro, AL--City Clerk Gay Nell Tinker

The Greensboro city clerk, Gay Nell Tinker, who served from 2001-07, plead guilty in 2010 to 5 misdemeanor charges of absentee ballot fraud in the 2004 and 2005 elections, in exchange for prosecutors dropping 13 felony counts and allowing her to retain her position as Greensboro's municipal court magistrate. She was involved in several schemes to benefit multiple Democrat candidates including her spouse, State Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, and her brother, Circuit Court Judge Marvin Wiggins.[138]

2004 Elections

Noxubee County, MS Democratic Executive Committee Chairman Ike Brown

In a first-of-its-kind case, United States v. Ike Brown, the U.S. Justice Department prosecuted MS Democratic Executive Committee Chairman Ike Brown for discriminating against white voters to get black politicians elected through a variety of tactics including illegally marking absentee ballots, sending white voters letters warning them they will be challenged at the polls, and importing black voters into the county.[139] Brown was convicted in 2007 of voter suppression, and was earlier convicted of tax fraud in 1995.[140] As reported by the Wall Street Journal,:

Appalachia, VA--Mayor Ben Cooper and 13 Others

The Mayor of Appalachia, VA, Ben Cooper, was found guilty of 243 violations of Virginia election laws for stealing the 2004 election, and sentenced to two years in jail.[141] The Grand Jury indicted him and his other 13 conspirators which included two of his running mates, two police officers, a former mail carrier, and city council member Owen Sharrett along with six of his family members on over 1,000 violations for buying votes with cigarettes, beer, and pork rinds, stealing mail-in ballots, and forging signatures. The case was the largest voter fraud case in Virginia history. In a blatant abuse of power, the mayor used the police force to search the homes of his enemies, stealing TVs, property, and money.[142]

Dodge County, GA Sheriff Michael L. Douglass Jr., 1 Other

Atkinson County, GA--Jerry Metts

Metts was found guilty of helping five illegal immigrants cast ballots during the 2004 county commission election.[127]

2003 Elections

East Chicago, IN--Mayor Robert Pastrick

The 2003 mayoral primary in East Chicago, IN resulted in Democrat Robert Pastrick initially winning, until the courts overturned the result upon finding massive absentee ballot fraud had occurred. At least 5 people were convicted for election fraud relating to the election, including Eduardo Perez, Sr., Alycia Mendiola, and Antonio Mendiola.[144] Altogether, 17 people were charged in relation to the widespread ballot fraud that election, including one example of a "Democratic precinct committeeman who was accused of giving a gift in exchange for a vote."[35]

2002 Elections

Washington D.C.--Councilman Tony Williams

Williams was running for a second term when NBC 4 reported that his petition signatures were fabricated. He won a second term despite being fined $277,000 and being forced to run as a write-in candidate.[13]

Bridgeport, CT--Probate Judge Paul J. Ganim

Probate Judge Paul J. Ganim narrowly beat out his opponent Kevin F. Boyle in the 2002 Democratic primary election. Boyle appeared to be leading by 38 votes, but a large number of absentee ballots ended up giving Ganim the advantage by 3,404 to 3,114.

2001 Elections

Compton, CA--City Councilwoman, Leslie Irving

The 2001 elections in Compton, CA were temporarily overturned by Judge Judith C. Chirlin who determined that city councilwoman Leslie Irving and three of her family members committed voter fraud. Irving was then permanently banned from holding office in California. The mayor, Eric Perrodin, was also removed by the judge, and replaced with his opponent Omar Bradley.[146] Perrodin ultimately won on appeal in Bradley v. Perrodin (2003) and returned to office, but Irving's conviction was upheld.[147]

Phenix City, AL--City Council Candidate & School Employee Convicted

A city council candidate, Nathaniel Gosha, was found guilty of 9 felony counts of falsifying ballots, 16 felony counts of possessing a forged instrument, and 12 misdemeanor counts of disclosing absentee votes. Russell County schools employee Lizzie May Perry plead guilty to absentee ballot fraud as well in exchange for prosecutors dropping 56 of the 60 charges against her.

2000 Elections

Bridgeport, CT--10 Charged

Ten Democrats were charged with various voter fraud violations, primarily related to absentee ballot fraud. Those charged included Sybil Allen, Paulette Park, Ronald Caveness, George Cabrera, Carlos Reinoso, Loretta Sarro, Linda L. Morre, Abraham Omonte, and Eva Christian.[149] Additionally, Warren Blunt, a city councilman, resigned from the town committee, was fined $2,500, and agreed not to seek election for two years after he mishandled absentee ballots in the March 7, 2000 Democratic Town Committee primary election.[150]

1999 Elections

Oakland, CA--Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris

The Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris left in disgrace after he and the California Democratic Party sent out mailers in the February 1999 Democratic primary election offering voters chicken dinners and potato salad if they provided proof of voting for him (his opponent Audie Bock of the Green Party won anyway[151]).[152]

Harrold, SD--Janice Howe

Janice Howe of Harrold, SD was charged with forging signatures on a petition and lying about witnessing others sign the petition. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant in 2015 and sentenced to time served with 4 years probation.[153]

1998 Elections

83rd District, TX--200+ Votes Thrown Out After Illegal Voting

Over 200 fraudulent votes were cast in the 1998 Democratic primary election between Steve Spurgin and Frank Brown, as BOTH candidates accused each other of differing types of voter fraud in a race initially decided by a single vote. Dozens of elderly disabled illegal immigrants who could not speak English testified that Candida Rangel had gone to their homes with absentee ballots and told them who to vote for, and said they couldn't go vote themselves because of their age; many could not even remember who they had voted for.[154]

1997 Elections

Miami, FL--Mayor Xavier L. Suarez and 35 Others

A total of 36 people were charged with a massive voter fraud scheme in the Miami mayoral elections between incumbent Xavier L. Suarez and Joe Carollo, many of them campaign workers for the Suarez campaign. The former mayor, Joe Carollo, saw the election result overturned after extensive voter fraud surfaced.[156]

The City Commissioner Humberto Hernandez and his Chief of Staff Jorge Luis de Goti, were arrested for using voter fraud to steal the 1997 Miami city elections.[157] Jose De Goti Sr. was convicted of falsely registering a police officer and his wife so they could cast fraudulent votes in the 1997 Miami election.[158]

1996 Elections

Orange County, CA--U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez

Former U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez (1996-2017) who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2016 only won through some of the best-substantiated voter fraud in U.S. history.[160] After narrowly winning her seat by a narrow 984-vote margin against long-time Republican incumbent Robert K. Dornan, a House investigation determined that the race had 624 non-citizen illegal votes, and another 124 votes had been inappropriately delivered. However, because the 748 fraudulent votes left her with a 236-vote margin, her election was upheld.[161]

Dodge County, GA--Sheriff Jackson Jones and Commissioner Don McCranie

The commissioner and sheriff were found guilty, along with their supporters, of vote-buying and vote-selling (among other similar offenses) in United States v. McCranie.[162] Multiple elections were overturned and dozens were indicted in what would prove one of the largest voter fraud cases to that point.[163]

1995 Elections

PA--Rep. Austin Murphy

Former U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 20th and 22nd Districts, Austin Murphy, a Democrat, was found guilty on a misdemeanor charge of marking the ballot of another person. Six other charges against him including three felony charges relating to voter fraud were dropped by the District Attorney without explanation. Murphy forged absentee ballots for elderly nursing home patients, some of whom, like Mabel Boger, were Republicans.

Greensboro, AL--Policeman, 1 Other Convicted

1994 Elections

Greene County, AL--Civil Rights Leader Spiver Gordon and 8 Others

A civil rights leader who helped register blacks to vote as a state lieutenant under Martin Luther King Jr. was caught in a wide-ranging case of voter fraud. Spiver Gordon, 59, also lost his post as a Eutaw City Council member and was sentenced to six months in federal prison for asking someone outside his county to fill out an absentee ballot and list an address in the county. Gordon at the time was also the Vice President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, formerly led by Martin Luther King Jr.[166]

A total of 8 others were caught in the federal probe, including Greene County Commissioner Pinto Smith and Connie Tyree, a county employee and Deputy Registrar, which centered around the controversial 1994 county elections won by county commissioner Garria Spencer after he received over half of his votes from absentee ballots. Spencer and the County Chief of Staff Spencer Cook attributed criticism of the elections to racism.[167] Six of the defendants were convicted, and three plead guilty through plea bargaining.[165]

Shelby County, AL--2,000 Ballots Disqualified, Chief Justice Election Overturned

The election results for the 1994 election for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court hinged upon thousands of absentee ballots that Alabama state election officials attempted to leave uncounted. Following a lawsuit by Republican Chief Justice candidate Perry O. Hooper, Sr. and State Treasurer candidate James D. Martin, Hooper would go on to win election, after 2,000 inappropriately documented absentee ballots were thrown out by the courts. See Roe v. Mobile County Appointment Bd. (1995)[168]

1993 Elections

Bridgeport, CT--2 Charged

1992 Elections

Philadelphia, PA--State Senator William G. Stinson

William G. Stinson of the Democratic Party was found in Marks v. Stinson (1994) to have stolen the 1992 State Senate election for Philadelphia's Second Senatorial District from his Republican opponent Bruce S. Marks through hundreds of fraudulent absentee ballots.

1991 Elections

Chicago Heights, IL--Charles Cosey & Charles Augustyniak

Charles Cosey, 51, of Chicago Heights, IL was indicted for fraudulently requesting eight absentee ballots which were then filled out with different names and addresses in the Chicago Heights February 1991 primary election. Cosey was charged with forgery, perjury, mutilation of election materials, and disregarding the state election code.[171] Also pleading guilty was Charles Augustyniak, 33, of Orland Park, IL, who attempted to register DuPage County relatives as Cook County voters.[172]

Sunflower County, MI--Charles T. Rogers

The courts invalidated the October 1991 election for sheriff of Sunflower County and ordered a new election due to 12 illegal absentee ballots. Absentee ballots went to voters who didn't request them, were voted without voters' permission, and voters stated they would have voted for the other candidate. Although Charles T. Rogers initially won 3,716-3,680 against the incumbent, Ned Holder, Holder went on to win the new election convincingly, 4,147-3,568. The Supreme Court of Mississippi then upheld the new election result in Rogers v. Holder (1994) given the absentee ballot fraud that had occurred.[173]

1990 Elections

Bridgeport, CT--State Rep. Mario Testa Campaign Worker

A campaign worker for Bridgeport, CT Democratic Committee Chairman and then-State Rep. Mario Testa, Curtis E. Mouning, was fined $500 for forging the names of five people, including his parents, so they could vote in the September 11, 1990 Democratic primary elections.[150]

San Francisco, CA--16 Union Officials Convicted of Ballot Fraud

The 1988, 1989, and 1990 elections were all affected by absentee ballot fraud, with union leaders collecting ballots and marking them in their own interests. Nonetheless, the Court reversed their convictions anyway on grounds that the initial trial court lacked jurisdiction.

1988 Elections

CT--State Sen./Rep. Ernest Newton

Ernest Newton (D), a Connecticut State Sen. from 2003-06 and State Rep. from 1998-2003, paid a $1,000 penalty for committing absentee ballot fraud in the September 14, 1988 primary election. He filled out Ada Crosby's absentee ballot form, requested she sign it, and then mailed it for her.[150]

1987 Elections

Chicago, IL--100,000 Election Irregularities Including Fraud

Massive voter fraud in the February Chicago Democratic primary election was at an epic scale, with thousands and thousands of obviously fraudulent votes. According to former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb who at the time headed Election Watch, "Based on our prelimary investigation, it is clear to me that at least 50,000 people were allowed to illegally cast ballots in the primary. It is my opinion that a full-scale investigation could show that the number of improper votes equal or exceeded what was found in 1982. We will ask for such an investigation."[175]

Hoboken, NJ--Councilman David Roberts

Hoboken councilman David Roberts was indicted for violating election law by committing voter fraud in the May 1987 municipal election. Roberts sought to bribe college students at Stevens Institute of Technology to vote for him by purchasing them a keg of beer.[176] After deciding not to plead guilty the charges were dropped and he went on to win office as mayor anyway.[177]

Inglewood, CA--4th District Councilman, Mayor

Dallas, TX--Robert Medrano

Robert Medrano beat out Guillermo Gallindo by 92 votes of 1,302 votes cast in a race for Dallas School Board. An analysis by the Dallas News subsequently found that 1/4 of all ballots in the race were fraudulent. Gallindo acknowledged that he knew of the fraud, but had declined to challenge it out of a desire to maintain unity in the local Hispanic community. Local Democratic party officials suppressed what was going on for political reasons.[179]

1986 Elections

AL--Gubernatorial Candidate William Baxley

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the results of the June 24, 1986 Democratic primary election for Alabama Governor in Curry v. Baker (1996), determining that William Baxley had encouraged substantial illegal crossover voting in the race. A new election was then ordered.

Pemiscot County, MI--Barbara Daugherty

1985 Elections

Jersey City, NJ--Mayor Gerald McCann

The Mayor of Jersey City, NJ, Gerald McCann (D) along with Mark Munley, John J. Finn and Matthew Burns committed absentee ballot fraud in the 1985 election when running against Anthony Cucci and two others. Mayor McCann used letters to discourage minority voters from voting, removed them from voter rolls without notification, appointed policemen to harass eligible voters at local polling places, and directed district board members to prevent disqualified voters from voting. In Vargas v. Calabrese (1989) the Court addressed whether an insurance company is obligated to defend McCann et. al. legally.

1984 Elections

Greene County, AL--Spiver Whitney Gordon

Spiver Whitney Gordon was convicted by a jury for absentee ballot fraud, but the conviction was reversed after the Supreme Court held that the federal mail fraud statute used to prosecute him did not apply to elections.[184]

NY--State Sen. Richard E. Schermerhorn

1983 Elections

Copiah County, MI--District 4 Supervisor W.E. Hood & 4 Others

In Welch v. McKenzie (1984) the U.S. District Court found that the District 4 Supervisor, W.E. Hood, had committed voter fraud to win the Democratic primary election by 19 votes (877-858) over Manuel Welch, since 6 votes were clearly fraudulent, and dozens more violated absentee ballot laws. The Supreme Court of Mississippi overturned Hood's victory and declared Manuel Welch the winner.[187] W.E. Hood and four others convicted of absentee ballot fraud then successfully sued to gain retrial by a different grand jury in Hood v. State. (1988) The others named included Edwin E. Hood, Frank Hood, Ricky Smith, and Arnold Carraway.[188] However, the new grand jury re-indicted them the next month, leading to guilty pleas by all five.[189]

Hood and his associates were targeted by the U.S. government as part of a much larger undercover operation, Operation Pretense, which "resulted in felony convictions or guilty pleas involving 56 of the 410 supervisors in twenty-six of the state’s eighty-two counties."[190]

1982 Elections

Chicago, IL--58 Convicted

The massive government investigation resulted in 62 indictments and 58 convictions related to the November 2, 1982 election, including numerous election officials. Election officials sold votes at $2 each, forged absentee ballots, and bribed voters with alcohol.[191]

Clay County, NC--41 Convicted

To be fair, politicians on both sides were indicted in 'Project Westvote', one of the largest voter-fraud cases in history, including Sheriff E. Hartsell Moore Jr. (R) and his opponent Howard Barnard (D). Nor does the number reflect the actual number of those involved, since the federal investigators declined to prosecute vote-sellers, only the ones buying the votes.[192]

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in U.S.A. v. Odom (1984) addressed concerns by Mark Douglas Odom, an Alexander County deputy sheriff (D), along with others related to their convictions for absentee ballot fraud and mail fraud in a scheme to vote for a "straight Democratic" ticket by exploiting elderly and disabled nursing home residents. Others who had been convicted included Joyce Geraldine Beach, an employee for the County Clerk of Court running for reelection, Donna Wilke, a notary public and legal secretary responsible for sending forms to the County Clerk, Lackey, a part-time employee for the County Sheriff, and Benny Carol Dyson. Others involved in the scheme included Steve Connor of the Rest Home nursing home.[193]

1980 Elections

Columbia, SC State Sen. Eugene Carmichael, 35 Others Charged

State Senator Eugene Carmichael and numerous other public officials were convicted in a massive voter fraud conspiracy that included unlawful destruction of absentee ballots in the 1980 party primary election. Charges included conspiracy and mail fraud. Also convicted was the Dillon County Democratic Chairman Alan H. Schafer, a multi-millionaire amusement park owner and beer distributor, as well as Dillon County Sheriff Roy Lee, Dillon County Deputy Sheriff William P. Jones, Dillon County Councilman Lloyd 'Mickey' Meekins Jr., and Dillon County Councilman Elwood McQueen. Others convicted included Ralph Lane, Leon Moody and David K. Bethea.[195][67]

1978 Elections

Pickens County, AL--Julia Wilder & Maggie Bozeman

The President of the NAACP, Maggie Bozeman, and Julia Wilder, the head of the Pickens County Voters League, were both arrested for committing absentee ballot fraud in the 1978 elections. Thirty-nine elderly and/or disabled African-American voters could not confirm having voted with the absentee ballots that had been issued in their names.

1976 Elections

Operation Greylord

New Orleans, LA Rep. Richard Tonry

1975 Elections

San Francisco, CA--Jim Jones & Others

Jim Jones, the cult leader who famously committed suicide with nearly 1,000 of his followers, was in the words of John Fund of National Review "a Democratic vote fraudster." As observed by Fund, "Urban Dictionary defines 'chutzpah' as 'unmitigated gall,' and that’s what Podesta practiced in comparing Republicans to one of the most corrupt and menacing cults to ever attach itself to the Democratic party."[200] The Jim Jones movement imported dozens of illegal voters into San Francisco to aid prominent California Democrat politicians in the 1975 elections.[201]

Conway County, AR--County Clerk Jack Bland

Jack Bland, the Conway County clerk, was charged with destroying ballots in the 1975 Conway County Special Election, but charges were dropped in exchange for his resignation.

1972 Elections

Chicago, IL--1,000 Cases of Voter Fraud, 75 Indicted

George Bliss and William Mullen of the Chicago Tribune uncovered more than 1,000 cases of voter fraud in the March 21, 1972 Democratic primary election, which was then turned over to U.S. Attorney James R. Thompson. The Tribune found evidence of "ballot forgeries, inflated vote tallies, phony election judges, ghost voters, and violations of state and federal election codes."[203] This resulted in 75 indictments by the Justice Department.[204]

The Chicago Tribune still retains a massive database of information related to its 1972 voter fraud investigation.[205]

1968 Elections

Conway County, AR--Sheriff Marlin Hawkins, Deputy Cecil Jackson

A box full of 78 ballots along with 200 marked forged ballots from the 1968 Democratic primary election were found in the home of Conway County, AR's former deputy sheriff, Cecil Jackson, providing evidence of substantial election fraud. The former sheriff boasted about how he stole elections, and even wrote a 1991 book explaining how he did it; "How I Stole Elections" by Marlin Hawkins. The ballots show that in the case of the race for 5th Judicial District Prosecutor, if not for the election fraud, there would have been a different election outcome.[202]

1960 Election

IL--President John F. Kennedy

It is commonly acknowledged that John F. Kennedy operatives committed voter fraud in the 1960 elections to help him beat Richard Nixon.[207] An investigation of Illinois vote-counting revealed that Nixon's votes had been undercounted by 943 votes.[208] In 1962, election workers in Chicago's 28th ward confessed to witness tampering, resulting in guilty pleas and jail sentences for three election workers.[209]

1955 Elections

South Houston, TX--Mayor G.R. Oliphint

1948 Elections

Lyndon B. Johnson's 'Box 13' Scandal

Governor Connally, who was with John F. Kennedy in the limousine when he was shot, was the campaign manager for Lyndon B. Johnson on a number of his campaigns, including Johnson's 1941 and 1948 campaigns. In the 1948 'Box 13 Scandal,' Connally oversaw the controversial Precinct 13 results which showed numerous signs of voter fraud, with the signatures for Johnson in the same handwriting, signed in the same ink, and in alphabetical order. Nonetheless, Johnson would go on to win the election.[211]

1941 Elections

TX--Senator Lyndon B. Johnson

1946 Elections

AR--Governor Bryan Sims, County Sheriff Marlin Hawkins

Sheriff Marlin Hawkins (D-AR) in his 1991 book, "How I Stole Election," admits that he forged 100 ballots for the 1946 gubernatorial race his friend Bryan Sims was running in. Hawkins also held other county positions as well during his lengthy political career from 1934-78, including circuit clerk, chancery clerk, and county treasurer.[206]

1939 Elections

Coral Cables, FL--Absentee Ballots Disqualified, New Election

The 1939 Coral Cables election result was overturned, in which Hollis Rinehart Jr. was initially leading Joe Whitley by 839-838 votes, given the finding that numerous out-of-state voters had voted illegally via absentee ballot. Numerous lawsuits were involved, including State Ex. Rel Whitley v. Rinehart (1939),[212], State Ex. Bell v. Rinehart (1939), [213] Rinehart v. State Ex. Rel. (1941),[214] and Rinehart v. State Ex. Rel. Bel. (1941).[215]

1936 Elections

Kansas City, KS--Tom Pendergast, 242 Others

The FBI arrested 242 people for voter fraud in connection with Democrat Tom Pendergast's political machine from 1937-38, and Pendergast himself would ultimately be convicted for tax evasion charges.[216]

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  1. In cases where the fraud occurred across multiple elections, it is categorized in the most recent election cycle.
  2. Needless to say, reports by the Brennan Center such as this one dishonestly omit the overwhelming evidence for Democrat voter fraud.


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