Election Fraud Database Tops 1,400 Cases

The Heritage Basis’s Election Fraud Database now contains 1,412 confirmed situations of election fraud, and our authorized heart is monitoring many different ongoing prosecutions.

The database, which supplies a sampling of latest election fraud circumstances, demonstrates the vulnerabilities throughout the electoral course of and the necessity for reforms to safe free and honest elections for the American individuals.

The database doesn’t listing potential fraud found by election officers and others that’s by no means investigated or prosecuted, and it clearly can’t listing fraud that goes undetected when states with poor safety don’t have the instruments in place to even understand such fraud is going on. 

However states—particularly now that many state legislative classes are starting—ought to make stopping fraud and guaranteeing the integrity of their elections a high precedence.

Listed below are a number of examples of circumstances that had been not too long ago added to the database.

We’ve written earlier than on the ballot-trafficking scheme orchestrated by Leslie McCrae Dowless, a political operative who was engaged on behalf of North Carolina ninth Congressional District candidate Mark Harris, a Republican, in 2018 involving stuffing the poll field with fraudulent absentee ballots for Harris. 

State election officers decided that Harris had no information of what Dowless was doing.  

Dowless, who died final April, was recognized in Braden County for poll trafficking. He would “help” sure candidates who employed him as a advisor for his or her campaigns, and people candidates or causes that Dowless supported appeared to have a certain option to win elections.

Authorities lastly caught up with Dowless after his absentee-ballot trafficking scheme prompted a lot election fraud that, for the primary time in 40 years, a congressional race was overturned, and the North Carolina State Board of Elections needed to order a brand new election.

Dowless instructed his employed fraudsters to mark clean absentee ballots for Harris, full unfinished absentee ballots, forge signatures on absentee ballots for people who had been unaware ballots had been being forged of their identify, after which mail the ballots to election officers.

Officers turned suspicious when 61% of the vote-by-mail ballots had been forged for the Republican candidate, even supposing solely 16% of the ballot-by-mail voters had been registered Republicans.

Ginger Shae Eason, Tonia Gordon, Rebecca Thompson, Kelly Hendrix, James Singleton, Jessica Dowless, and Caitlyn Croom all pleaded responsible to felony costs associated to this absentee-ballot fraud scheme. They had been all sentenced to probation, ordered to finish neighborhood service, and assessed fines and courtroom charges for his or her involvement within the fraud scheme.

Sadly, this wasn’t the one instance of absentee-ballot fraud by an activist amongst our newest circumstances added to the database.

Janet Reed, an Evansville, Indiana, Democratic Social gathering activist, despatched illegally pre-marked absentee-ballot functions to voters forward of the 2020 major election. To make issues worse, Reed pre-selected the Democrat Social gathering the place voters had been supposed to decide on to obtain both a Republican or Democratic major poll. Reed included directions with the functions stating the get together affiliation “wants no enter.”

Regardless of receiving a number of warnings from election officers and even from the Democratic Social gathering to knock it off, Reed stored sending out the pre-marked functions that interfered with the power of voters to resolve which get together major they needed to vote in.

Reed pleaded responsible to a felony cost of unauthorized use of absentee ballots, was sentenced to 18 months of probation, and was ordered to pay restitution of $2,740 and courtroom prices of $925. She was additionally barred from engaged on any elections whereas on probation.

Our newest replace additionally options a number of situations of convicted felons voting.

In Florida, Marc Crump and Dedrick De’ron Baldwin had been felons who had been not too long ago convicted of illegally voting within the 2020 normal election.

Crump, who voted within the August 2020 major and November 2020 normal election, pleaded responsible to at least one rely of false swearing and one rely of unlawful voting. He was sentenced to 10 months in jail and assessed $668 in prices and costs.

Baldwin was charged with two felonies after he voted within the 2020 Democratic major and 2020 normal election. He pleaded no contest to each costs and was sentenced to 364 days in jail on every rely. Baldwin was already serving a 12-year sentence for manslaughter and aggravated battery.

The fraudulent conduct of these two ineligible voters was found following an investigation by Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement of Alachua County election supervisor Kim Barton, a Democrat, who organized voter-registration drives that improperly registered felons to vote.

In Arizona, Victor Aguirre, a convicted felon, registered to vote after which voted within the 2020 normal election. Aguirre pleaded responsible to a felony cost of tried unlawful voting and was sentenced to a minimal time period of six months in jail, to be adopted by a interval of supervised launch, and was assessed charges and fines.

In Texas, Francisco Tamez Jr., one other convicted felon, voted within the 2017 metropolis of Edinburg municipal election. Tamez pleaded responsible to the felony cost and was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment.

In Minnesota, Linda Maria Stately, of Little Falls, a convicted felon, registered and voted within the 2020 normal election. Stately pleaded responsible to a felony cost of ineligible voting and was sentenced to 5 years of probation and assessed fines and costs. Her costs can be diminished to a misdemeanor if she efficiently completes the phrases of her probation.

A brand new case from Florida demonstrates the significance of implementing safeguards within the voter-registration system to detect election fraud, notably in states that use on-line voter registration.

Anthony Guevara was charged with two felonies after he modified the voter-registration handle of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis within the state’s voter-registration database on-line.

After the fraudulent handle change was registered within the system, it was flagged, and regulation enforcement officers had been capable of hint the IP handle to Guevara’s dwelling. He pleaded no contest to the costs and was sentenced to 2 years of probation, 100 hours of neighborhood service, fined $5,421.39, and assessed $515 in courtroom and prosecution prices.

One other instance from Florida demonstrates how system safeguards of the sort beneficial in The Heritage Basis’s Election Integrity Scorecard can stop fraudulent votes from being counted within the first place. (The Each day Sign is the information outlet of The Heritage Basis.)

Larry Wiggins, a registered Democrat from Sarasota, requested a mail-in poll on behalf of his late spouse through the 2020 normal election. Election workers found the fraud throughout a routine examine of the voter rolls, which revealed that his spouse had died two years earlier.  

Wiggins solid his deceased spouse’s signature on the ballot-request type and admitted that he meant to mail it again as soon as he acquired it, however he was stopped by regulation enforcement. He pleaded no contest to at least one rely of vote-by-mail fraud, and was sentenced to 24 months’ probation, 100 hours of neighborhood service, and assessed $738 in courtroom prices, charges, and fines.

If Florida hadn’t had such safeguards and preventative checks in place, that poll very effectively may have been forged and counted within the election.

It ought to come as no shock that Florida—tied with Louisiana for the No. 6 rating on our Election Integrity Scorecard—has demonstrated a dedication to bettering its legal guidelines, rules, and procedures to make sure safe elections. 

We additionally not too long ago added a few situations of ineligible aliens voting to the database.

In Ohio, Irnatine Boayue, an ineligible alien, registered and voted within the 2016 normal election. Boayue pleaded responsible to at least one misdemeanor rely of tried false voter registration and was sentenced to someday within the Franklin County Correction Middle. The courtroom waived fines and courtroom prices on account of the defendant’s indigency.

In Minnesota, Abdihakim Essa, additionally an alien, solid his father’s signature as a witness when submitting absentee ballots in Hennepin County. Essa pleaded responsible to 4 felony costs and was sentenced to 180 days in an grownup correctional facility, 90 days of which had been stayed pending profitable completion of two years of supervised probation. He was additionally assessed $78 in courtroom prices.

Zameahia Ismail, one other alien, registered and voted in individual in two totally different precincts in a Hennepin County, Minnesota, election in 2017. She voted in St. Louis Park, the place she truly lived, and a second time in Minneapolis after being inspired by an acquaintance to vote for Abi Warsame, a Democratic candidate for Minneapolis Metropolis Council.  

She was not required to supply any identification in Minneapolis as a result of her acquaintance vouched for her identification. Ismail, who pleaded responsible to the cost of registering in multiple precinct, was sentenced to a yr in jail, with all however 20 days stayed pending profitable completion of two years of supervised probation. She was additionally assessed fines and costs totaling $78.

As the newest updates to our Election Fraud Database illustrate, threats to honest and free elections live on. Because the greater than 1,400 circumstances within the database ought to make abundantly clear, states ought to get to work implementing election reforms designed to enhance the integrity of the election course of.

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