We lately added 9 new circumstances to the Heritage Election Fraud Database, bringing the entire variety of entries of confirmed cases of voter fraud within the database to 1,374. The mounting assortment of circumstances proceed to disprove the narrative that voter fraud shouldn’t be actual and that additional election integrity measures are usually not wanted.
The database doesn’t purport to be complete. Slightly, it comprises a sampling from throughout the nation of confirmed circumstances, each demonstrating how election fraud happens. It reveals the vulnerabilities inside our present electoral system and gives measures state legislators can take to make sure integrity in each vote solid. To help state legislatures in that job, Heritage has additionally produced its Election Integrity Scorecard.
Here’s a abstract of the current entries:
In Louisiana, two public officers orchestrated a vote-buying scheme through the Tangipahoa Parish 2016 and 2020 open main and basic elections. Jerry Trabona, who served as Amite Metropolis chief of police from 2005-2020, and Kris Hart, an Amite Metropolis councilmember, solicited people to purchase votes for them and different candidates they supported throughout each the 2016 main and basic elections in Tangipahoa Parish. Hart additionally solicited vote patrons throughout his reelection within the 2020 main and basic elections as properly.
Hart and Trabona supplied pattern ballots with names and candidate numbers to vote patrons to make sure voters being paid have been voting for Hart and Trabona in addition to the opposite candidates they supported. Hart additionally employed vote patrons to establish people who had not but voted, take them to the polls (and again house, if mandatory), after which pay them for his or her vote.
In an effort to cowl his tracks and conceal the scheme, Trabona had the vote patrons signal contracts stating they might not “make any overture of any type to any voter or different individual of economic award or profit in trade for a vote.”
To make sure their vote-buying scheme was getting a return on funding, Hart and Trabona made the vote patrons present a listing of the voters paid. The vote patrons could be paid as much as $20 for every vote they’d procured.
Trabona pleaded responsible to 1 depend of conspiracy to commit vote shopping for. Hart pleaded responsible to 1 depend of conspiracy to commit vote shopping for and three counts of vote shopping for and to aiding and abetting vote shopping for. They’re each awaiting sentencing.
However they weren’t the one candidates for public workplace added to the database on this most up-to-date batch.
In New Jersey, Frederick Gattuso, a former Carteret Republican mayoral candidate, was charged with one depend of fraudulent voting for voting twice through the November 2020 presidential election as totally different folks with related names. Gattuso pleaded responsible to 1 depend of tampering with public data and was sentenced to 1 yr of probation.
As Heritage students have usually mentioned, nobody disputes the necessity for absentee or mail-in ballots for individuals who can’t make it to their neighborhood polling locations on Election Day as a result of they’re sick, bodily disabled, or serving the nation overseas, or as a result of they can not make it to the polls for another reliable purpose. Nonetheless, absentee ballots are notably inclined to fraud.
4 circumstances on this most up-to-date batch of entries contain fraud utilizing an absentee poll.
Muse Mohamed of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was charged with mendacity to a federal grand jury about trafficking absentee ballots through the 2020 main election in Minneapolis for a state senate place. He requested and stuffed out absentee ballots on behalf of three people whom he didn’t know. His crime was first detected when one of many folks Mohamed defrauded went and voted in individual. Mohamed was convicted following a jury trial of two counts of constructing false statements to a grand jury. He will likely be sentenced later this yr.
Melissa Fisher of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, submitted a mail-in poll on behalf of her deceased mom through the 2020 election. She pleaded responsible to a misdemeanor cost of violating absentee and mail-in poll provisions and two unrelated theft prices and was sentenced to 3 to 23 months in jail and three years’ probation.
Elizabeth Gale of San Diego, California, was charged with 4 felony offenses after casting an absentee poll on behalf of her deceased mom through the 2021 California gubernatorial recall election. After absentee ballots have been despatched to all registered Madera County voters, Gale stuffed out the poll, cast her mom’s signature, and falsely swore as a witness to her mom signing the poll. Gale pleaded nolo contendere (accepting the conviction with out admitting guilt) to 1 felony depend of fraudulently casting a vote. She was sentenced to 2 years’ probation.
In Colorado, Barry Morphew was charged with one depend of forgery and a mail-in poll offense after submitting an absentee poll on behalf of his lacking spouse through the 2020 basic election. He advised the FBI he submitted the poll as a result of he “wished Trump to win.” Though homicide prices in opposition to him associated to his spouse’s disappearance have been lately dropped, Morphew lately pled responsible to the forgery cost and was sentenced to 1 yr of probation and fined $600.
One other approach folks defraud the system is by utilizing industrial addresses as residential addresses when registering to vote, which reveals them as registered in one other state or voting district and permits them to vote for candidates they don’t seem to be eligible to vote for or permits them to vote greater than as soon as.
Lawrence Klug used the tackle of a UPS Retailer in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, as his residential tackle to vote in a city by which he didn’t reside through the 2020 basic election. He was convicted of 1 misdemeanor cost of falsifying voter registration and fined $500.
Some argue, in fact, that such cases of fraud are uncommon and will by no means alter the outcomes of an election. There are circumstances in our database, although, that show in any other case.
Take, for instance, the case out of Texas the place the outcomes of an election for the board of administrators of a highway utility district have been overturned as a result of three people used a resort tackle to register to vote, regardless that none of them have been residents of the district.
And in one other case out of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Donald Holz, who was not eligible to vote after having been beforehand convicted of a felony DUI cost, voted within the 2020 basic election. He served 10 days in jail and was fined $500.
Vulnerabilities to truthful and free elections will proceed, and even perhaps worsen, if states don’t prioritize efforts to safe the integrity of their elections. These circumstances display among the myriad methods fraudsters can make the most of vulnerabilities that happen throughout the electoral course of. Since sustaining election integrity is a matter that impacts all residents, state legislatures ought to reply by taking affordable steps to guard the votes of the American folks.
As we are saying within the introduction to the Election Fraud Database:
Stopping, deterring, and prosecuting election fraud is crucial to defending the integrity of our voting course of.
Profitable elections results in political energy and the incentives to make the most of safety vulnerabilities are nice, so it is necessary that we take affordable, commonsense steps to make it arduous to cheat, whereas making it simple for reliable voters to vote.
People need to have an electoral course of that they’ll belief.
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