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Below are some of the most recently published articles pertaining to vote fraud around the country. Find your state to read about the problems in your area, or scroll down to browse the recent news nationwide. If you have a news item related to voting irregularities in your state, e-mail it here.

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Alabama
08.22.07
The Montgomery Advertiser and The Tuscaloosa News report that a Hale County grand jury indicted Rosie Lyles and Valada Paige Banks (a former Greensboro City Council member) on Thursday on multiple felony charges related to vote fraud in two Democratic primary elections. Both women were charged with (1) second-degree possession of a forged instrument — an affidavit for an absentee voter — with the knowledge that it was forged, and (2) four counts of promoting illegal absentee voting. If convicted on the possession charge, Lyles and Banks could face one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 each. The charge of promoting illegal absentee voting is an unclassified felony, punishable by one to two years in prison and fines of $500 to $2,000 for each count. Ann Langford, a clerk in the Hale County probate judge’s office, said that the number of absentee ballots has declined in every election since 2000. “By no means did they go away or did the fraud go away,” she said. One factor that may have contributed to the decrease, according to Langford, was that volunteer poll watchers working for candidates or political parties were allowed to sit in the absentee vote office and observe for the five weeks the office was open. For the rest of the story from The Montgomery Advertiser and The Tuscaloosa News, click here, and here.


07.13.07
Two accused of casting false absentee ballots in Alabama House race, one former House candidate. The Mobile Press Register has the rest of the story.

Alaska

American Samoa

Arizona

Arkansas

California
09.22.07
Chris Kavanagh, a member of the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, faces three counts of voter fraud and one count each of grand theft and perjury, according to Alameda County District Attorney Thomas Orloff.  Kavanagh was arrested on Friday on charges that he (1) made false statements in papers he filed to run for office and (2) registered to vote in a place where he was not eligible.  Prosecutors also claim Kavanagh committed grand theft by receiving up to $500 a month for serving on the rent board.  The San Diego Union-Tribune has more on the story. 

09.06.07
Court proceedings for a Fair Oaks couple charged with voter fraud in a Folsom Cordova Unified School District bond election have been continued until Oct. 4 in Sacramento Superior Court. David Martin and Tarah Meyer-Martin were charged by the Sacramento County District Attorney's office in July with voter fraud. The couple allegedly filled out and signed voter registration cards, claiming they resided at an apartment where they never actually lived in order to gain eligibility to vote in the March 27 school bond election. The Sacramento Bee has rest of the story.

08.21.07
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Ed Jew, San Francisco supervisor, was in court yesterday, where he pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges alleging perjury, making false statements, and voter fraud. Prosecutors allege that Jew did not live in the city's Sunset District as he claimed, but instead lived in Burlingame. Prosecutors claim that Jew lied about where he lived in order to run for office and vote in local elections. The judge in the case set a tentative date of September 28th for jury selection to begin. If Jew is convicted on any of the charges, he would be forced out of office. Meanwhile, Jew is also being investigated by the FBI on suspicion that he solicited or extorted a bribe from a group of neighborhood businessmen. The San Francisco Chronicle has the rest of the story.

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois
09.07.07
According to the Chicago Tribune and KWQC-TV6 News, authorities announced today that an officer of Teamsters Local 743 in Chicago was indicted along with three former union employees for attempting to fix elections in 2004. Prosecutors allege that the acting president and three former representatives of one of the largest Teamsters locals in the country conspired to rig closely contested union elections to ensure an incumbent slate of officers won. According to the charges filed, the four diverted ballot packages to friends, relatives, and confidants instead of to union members, and the ballots were cast to ensure the re-election of the Unity Slate candidates. The four individuals could face up to five years in prison if convicted. For more on the story from the Chicago Tribune and KWQC-TV6 News, click here, and here.

Indiana
09.25.07
The Northwest Indiana Times reports that State Attorney General Steve Carter has filed a motion to intervene in the civil case of two East Chicago police officers charged with vote fraud. On July 31, 2006, Attorney General Carter and Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter charged Ronald DeCastro with four counts of vote fraud and Randy Morris with one count of vote fraud. Attorney General Carter reportedly filed the motion to intervene in the civil case because he believes the two men sought court orders entitling them to vote by provisional ballot in the May 8, 2007, primary election in an attempt to circumvent the criminal proceedings that had been filed against them by the Lake County Joint Voter Fraud Task Force in 2006. The Northwest Indiana Times has more on the story.

09.21.07
Attorney General Steve Carter announced Thursday that two more people charged with vote fraud by the Lake County Joint Vote Fraud Task Force have pleaded guilty. Alicia Dunbar and Ivan Dunbar, both of East Chicago, have pleaded guilty to voting in another precinct. Both received a one-year probation. They were charged in March 2006 for illegal voting activity. Sentencing previously occurred for two other defendants on similar charges: Ricardo Alamillo was sentenced to a one and a half year suspended prison sentence and one and a half years of probation; and Mark Orosco was sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence and one year of probation. Orosco was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. The Northwest Indiana Times has more on the story.

08.24.07
Two more guilty pleas in the 2003 East Chicago primary election bring the total number of voting fraud convictions to 32 since the maligned polling took place, prosecutors announced today. Ashley Dunlap, of East Chicago, has pleaded guilty to one count of aiding the fraudulent application of a ballot, a Class D felony. Raymond Carillo, of Hammond, also has pleaded guilty to one count of voting in a precinct in which he did not reside, a Class D felony. The Northwest Indiana Times has more on the story.

08.20.07
The Northwest Indiana Times reports that a former East Chicago councilman, Levones Tolbert, pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor count of making unauthorized poll entries and was sentenced to 30 days probation. Tolbert was the highest-ranking official charged after a Joint Vote Fraud Task Force of India
na Attorney General Steve Carter and County Prosecutor Bernard Carter investigated the discredited May 2003 Democratic mayoral primary. In that election, former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick's campaign manufactured a razor-thin victory with tainted absentee ballots. The Northwest Indiana Times has the rest of the story.

06.16.07
The (Jeffersonville) News and Tribune reports that the state and local investigations continue concerning Clark County’s absentee ballots from 2003.  The county prosecutor was recently given documents containing the name of a suspect, list of witnesses, and sworn statements taken by a court reporter. There is a 5-year statute of limitations on election fraud, meaning that the prosecutor’s office would have to file charges by 2008 if there is a case to be made.  The (Jeffersonville) News and Tribune has the rest of the story.

12.06.06
Robert “Bosko” Grkinich, a Democrat precinct committeeman from Schererville, has been charged with 20 felony counts of voter fraud after allegedly illegally influencing non-English speaking voters to cast an absentee ballot for his political ally.  The case against Grkinich is the first to go to trial of 52 people charged as a result of a nearly 3-year investigation by the Joint Vote Fraud Task Force of Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter and Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter.  The task force looked into the discredited May 2003 Democratic primary in which the East Chicago mayoral results and Schererville town judge results were overturned.  The (Munster) Times has the rest of the story.

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky
10.03.07
On Tuesday, Bath County Sheriff Calvin “Randy” Armitage pleaded guilty to one count of perjury in U.S. District Court in Lexington.  Armitage is the 13th person and third public official to be indicted in a federal investigation into irregularities in the May 2006 Democratic primary in Bath County.  As a condition of Armitage’s guilty plea, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Hood required him to resign as Sheriff by 5 p.m. Tuesday.  Armitage, who was set to go to trial Tuesday morning on vote-buying and perjury charges, admitted that he lied to a federal grand jury in September 2006 when he testified that he never gave anyone money to buy votes for him.  He will be sentenced on January 14, and could face five years in prison.  For more on this story from the Lexington Herald-Leader and The Louisville Courier-Journal, click here and here.

09.25.07
Three people charged in connection with widespread vote fraud during the May 2006 Democratic primary in Bath County were sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Lexington.  In June, Steven and Belinda Crouch and Anthony "Buck" White each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to buy votes, using money supplied by primary candidate, Walter Shrout or Bath County contractor Roosevelt "Sonny" Swartz.  The three admitted that they paid some of the county's poorest residents to vote for Shrout, who later won the election.  In three separate hearings, U.S. District Judge Joseph Hood sentenced Steven Crouch, 37, to five months in prison and five months of home incarceration.  Belinda Crouch, 30, received three years' probation, but must spend five weekends in the Montgomery County jail.  And, White, 54, was sentenced to three years' probation.  More than a dozen people have been charged in the case, including Bath County Sheriff Randy Armitage who will go to trial October 2.  The Lexington Herald-Leader has more on the story.

08.07.07
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Roosevelt "Sonny" Swartz was sentenced to two years' probation, a $20,000 fine, and 250 hours of community service yesterday in federal court in Lexington. Swartz pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to buy votes during his May trial. Swartz is one of 13 Bath officials or residents who have been indicted on vote-buying-related charges stemming from the May 2006 primary. According to testimony, the going rate to sell votes that May was between $50 and $100.  ("Swartz sentenced for vote-buying in Bath", The Lexington Herald-Leader, 08/07/07)

07.12.07
WTVQ News channel 36 reports nine federal search warrants and hundreds upon hundreds of pages of testimony from the FBI as to why they believe there was a "coordinated effort by several Knott County officials to place publicly funded blacktop, gravel and bridges on private property as a means to buy votes."  WTVQ News has the rest of the story.

03.15.07
A Bath County man told a federal jury yesterday that Bath County Judge-Executive Walter Shrout and a wealthy Bath County contractor stopped by his home in early May and gave him an envelope stuffed with cash so he could buy votes.   Anthony "Buck" White, who has been charged with vote-buying, also admitted that he had helped buy votes when Shrout first successfully ran for the county's top office in 2002.  Shrout is one of 12 Bath County residents who have been charged in what federal prosecutors describe as flagrant vote-buying in the two weeks before the May 16 primary.  Shrout was charged in November with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and lying to a federal officer.  Shrout, who won the election, is the second Bath County elected official to go on trial in the case.  Roosevelt "Sonny" Swartz, the contractor White said came to his house with Shrout, has pleaded not guilty to one charge of vote-buying.  (“Bath witness tells of cash deliveries; Shrout alleged to have sought votes for cash,” The Lexington Herald-Leader, 03/15/07)

04.24.07
State Sen. Johnny Ray Turner (D) was sentenced yesterday to three months' home detention and one year of probation for "non-willful" vote buying, closing out a long federal vote-fraud investigation in Eastern Kentucky.  The Democrat from Drift, who is the Senate's minority caucus chair, said he will not appeal the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell.  The government dropped a felony vote-fraud indictment against Turner in December in exchange for his guilty plea to a misdemeanor violation of allowing his campaign to make expenditures for the purpose of influencing voters.  (“Senator gets home detention; had pleaded guilty to letting election money be used for vote fraud,” The Lexington Herald-Leader, 04/24/07)

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts
4.24.07
Two veteran Democratic political operatives were sentenced to six months' probation with 40 hours of community service after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors in a 3-year-old voter fraud case.  The two individuals had been charged with unlawful voting for casting ballots in the November 2004 municipal election outside of the voting district in which they lived at the time.  (“Democrat operatives receive probation; deal resolved case alleging voter fraud,” The (Worcester) Telegram and Gazette, 04/24/07)

Michigan
05.11.07
Edward Pinkney, a Benton Harbor activist, was sentenced to a year in jail and given five years’ probation. The sentencing follows a March 21 conviction in which Pinkney, 58, was found guilty on three counts of improper possession of absentee ballots and one count each of influencing voters while voting absentee and influencing voters with money. (“Activist gets year in jail for 2005 election fraud,” Associated Press, 05/11/07)

Minnesota

Mississippi
09.13.07
Benton County 's superintendent of education was one of two men arrested Wednesday in an ongoing Attorney General's investigation of voter fraud in the county. Superintendent Ronnie Wilkerson of Blue Mountain was arrested and taken to Tippah County Jail along with Henry Massey, 42. Each man was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, said Attorney General Jim Hood. Both men have posted bond, which was set at $20,000 each. Since early August, 16 individuals have been arrested in connection with alleged voter fraud in Benton County. Among them are a county supervisor and a candidate for sheriff. For more on this story from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal , the (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger, and WREG-TV News Channel 3 , click here, here, and here.

08.31.07
Arrests continue to mount in an investigation into voter fraud in Benton County. On Thursday, state Attorney General Jim Hood announced the 14th arrest since the vote-buying investigation began several weeks before the August primary. Jerry Huck Childers, 47, of Hickory Flat was charged Wednesday with one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, one count of bribery, and one count of vote fraud. Others previously arrested include sheriff candidate Clint Moffett and Benton County District 1 Supervisor Tate King, who has denied any part in voter fraud. Some residents in Benton County are not surprised by the voter-fraud allegations. According to Vera Cox, who moved to the county in 1971, “[t]his has been going on a long time.” Cox added, “[e]very four years they have this ... and it's because some intend on getting into office one way or another." The (Jackson) Clarion- Ledger has more on the story.

08.25.07
A longtime Benton County supervisor was among four arrested Friday on felony voter fraud charges. The state Attorney General's office says 67-year-old Tate King was involved in a vote-buying conspiracy leading up to the August 7th Democratic primary. King also faces one count of felony bribery. At least 13 others face similar charges. All are scheduled to appear in justice court on September 24. For more on this story from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, WLBT News Channel 3, and the Hattiesburg American, click here, here, and here.

08.15.07
State and local investigators have targeted the Tunica County Circuit Clerk's Office in their probe of absentee ballot irregularities in last week's election. A review of the evidence by 3 On Your Side found that:
    - four of the ballots were mailed in using the names of dead people;
    - five of the ballots used the names of convicted felons, including one who has been in jail since May 2006
    - two of the ballots used names of individuals who were not U.S. citizens; and
    - ten ballots -- split among six precincts -- were actually submitted using the names of ten residents who resided in the same Tunica Nursing Home.

Authorities confirmed that all of the bogus ballots were mailed to the same address:  P.O. Box 772 in Tunica.  They would not reveal the physical address linked to the post office box, but a source close to the investigation says someone inside the circuit clerk's office mailed each of the ballots to that box.  WREG News channel 3 Memphis has the rest of the story

08.14.07
ABC 24 Memphis reports that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (“MBI”) and the Tunica County Sheriff's Department are conducting an investigation to determine who is responsible for illegally mailing several fraudulent absentee ballots during the August 7, 2007, elections.  Officials say that approximately 30% of the 301 absentee ballots cast are fraudulent.  The investigation has revealed many of the ballots in question included the names of people who were deceased or no longer living in the county.  Investigators with the MBI Crime Lab tested the questionable ballots for fingerprints and other DNA at the Tunica County Justice Courthouse in hopes of matching their results to the person responsible for mailing those absentee ballots.  ABC 24 Memphis has the rest of the story.

08.06.07
Two people were arrested Monday and charged with voter fraud - just one day before Tuesday's primary election. These arrests bring the number to nine arrested in a probe of vote selling. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger has the rest of the story.

08.05.07
The Jackson Clarion-Ledger and the SunHerald both report that seven people have been arrested in the Benton County vote buying probe, including one Democratic candidate, Clint Moffett. The Attorney General continues to investigate. For the rest of the story from the Jackson Clarion-Ledger and the SunHerald, click here and here.

Missouri
09.05.07
A federal judge today sentenced the last of four defendants indicted for voter registration fraud on the eve of the 2006 elections. Kwaim A. Stenson was sentenced to four months and five days. He will report to a half-way house in Springfield next week. Other defendants in the case also received light sentences. For example, Brian Gardner and Dale D. Franklin received probation, while Carmen R. Davis was sentenced to 120 days in a halfway house. The Kansas City Star has more on the story.


5.18.07
Carmen R. Davis, 38, was charged in January with voter registration fraud and identity theft before the November 2006 elections.  Davis and two other former employees of ACORN have been charged with submitting false registrations in Kansas City during the 2006 election.  (“Former ACORN employee pleads guilty to voter registration fraud,” The Kansas City Star, 05/18/07)

05.11.07
Three campaign workers have been charged with fraud for their role in the failed recall attempt of a city alderman.  The charges allege that, in an effort to remove 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd from office, the three submitted pages of petitions with questionable entries, including duplicate names, signatures with similar handwriting, and individuals who were not registered voters.  Several names on the petitions belonged to dead voters.  Petition circulators working with Ozier were paid at least $2 per signature.  (“Campaign workers charged with fraud,” The St. Louis Post Dispatch, 05/11/07)

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey
07.08.07
Evidence of a $10 voting payoff that allegedly took place in last month's Hudson County local election has been turned over the county, state, and federal authorities.  The Hoboken Reporter has the rest of the story.

New Mexico
02.27.07
The state Attorney General's Office has secured indictments against two Rio Arriba County men implicated in an alleged vote-buying scheme in the city of Española's 2006 municipal elections.   The vote-buying allegations came to light in a Rio Grande Sun report published in February 2006.   The newspaper quoted unnamed Española public housing residents as saying political operatives working for mayoral hopeful Floyd Archuleta's slate were buying votes.  The Archuleta camp denied the charges. Archuleta and the other members of his slate all went on to lose in their respective races.  (“2 indicted in alleged vote-buying scheme, suspects facing fine, prison time,” The Albuquerque Journal, 02/27/07)

New York
08.16.07
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that the election fraud case involving City of Poughkeepsie Councilwoman Gwen Johnson will be heard on Friday before Judge Thomas J. Dolan at the Dutchess County Courthouse. Republican Common Council candidate David Brown alleges that Johnson (D-7th Ward) witnessed a person produce signatures for two residents on the Democratic petition that Johnson filed with county elections officials in order to get on the ballot. For the rest of the story from The Poughkeepsie Journal, click here.

North Carolina

North Dakota

Northern Mariana Islands

Ohio
05.09.07
A grand jury on Tuesday indicted a suburban Columbus man on four counts related to voter fraud in the November 2006 election.  Claudel Gilbert of Reynoldsburg cast votes in both Licking County, where he lived, and in adjacent Franklin County, according to a Franklin County Board of Elections news release.  He also is charged with illegally registering to vote in Franklin County, providing false information to Franklin County, and voting in that county when he was ineligible to do so.  (“Man voted in 2 counties in 1 election,” Columbus Dispatch, 05/09/07; “Man accused of voting twice,” Associated Press, 05/08/07)

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania
06.07.07
WFMZ News channel 69Allentown reports that a Berks County woman was arrested for alleged voter fraud, including falsifying registrations while employed by ACORN.  Berks County detectives say Wendy Godfrey committed dozens of acts of voter fraud - including false registration and registering dead people.  WFMZ News has the rest of the story.

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island
05.14.07
John J. Madden III, a would-be 2006 mayoral candidate who had been charged with felony voter fraud, pleaded no contest to charges that 97 of the names on his nominating papers were forged. Madden agreed to a reduced charge of filing a false document, a misdemeanor offense.  The voter fraud case arose last summer, when Madden was trying to collect the 200 signatures necessary to challenge Mayor James E. Doyle in the Democratic primary.  (“Candidate admits fake signatures,” The Providence Journal, 05/14/07)

South Carolina
06.14.07
Eastover Police Chief Timothy Ford was indicted Tuesday by the state grand jury on election fraud charges.  Ford is charged with conspiracy, fraudulent registration or voting, intimidation of a witness, common law obstruction of justice, and common law misconduct in office.  He is the second individual indicted in an investigation into the April 2006 election of two Town Council members.  According to the indictment, Ford “fraudulently represented that he was a resident of Eastover, South Carolina, allowing him to vote in the April 11, 2006, Eastover Town Council Election . . . [and] threatened and/or used force” to intimidate a witness or potential witness in an ongoing criminal investigation."  The other individual, Eastover Mayor Chris Campbell, is accused of using absentee ballots to change the outcome of the April 2006 election.   (“Town’s police chief indicted,” The State, 06/13/07; “Eastover police chief given $25,000 bond,” WIS News channel 10, 06/18/07)

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas
09.13.07
The (San Antonio) Express-News reports that charges are forthcoming in Bexar County against some of those who registered and voted despite being non-citizens. Officials involved in a joint federal-state probe say that some of those under investigation in the months-long Bexar County voter fraud case may be charged with both state and federal crimes. Federal investigators are scheduled to meet this week with local prosecutors to coordinate the cases and to determine who will face state felony charges for voting illegally and who will be deported for violating federal immigration law. Authorities said they anticipate charging some of the undocumented people alleged to have voted in Bexar County with felony violation of state law before they are turned over to immigration agents and likely deported. As the federal portion of the investigation begun in late May winds down, Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed will determine how she will proceed against the 41 people who allegedly voted – some repeatedly – despite being non-citizens. Reed's office will determine who will be charged with felony offenses after a meeting between Homeland Security Department investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Adriana Biggs, Reed's white-collar crime division chief. The (San Antonio) Express-News has the rest of the story.

06.10.07
Dozens of non-U.S. citizens may have voted in Bexar County elections, a county elections official reported, prompting an investigation by federal and local authorities.   The names of 330 noncitizens on the voter rolls were reported by Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen.  Those named had received jury duty summonses but told the court they were not eligible to serve because they were not U.S. citizens.  The Bexar County district attorney's office is investigating whether as many as 41 of those noncitizens voted in more than a dozen local, state, and federal elections since 2001.  For more on this story from the Dallas Morning News and the Express-News, click here and here.

06.01.07
The Brownsville Herald reports that five individuals have been indicted in a Starr County election fraud scheme.   At least four Starr and Hidalgo county political operatives have been indicted for voter fraud in what the Attorney General’s office says was a large-scale effort to submit mail-in ballots for imaginary people in 2006’s March Democratic primary election.  The Brownsville Herald has the rest of the story.

Utah

Vermont

Virgin Islands

Virginia
12.13.06
The Times-News and Roanoke Times both report that a former Gate City Mayor has been convicted of 13 counts of vote fraud after allegedly assisting ineligible individuals vote with absentee ballots and making false entries on the ballots.  For more on this story from The Times-News and Roanoke Times, click here and here.

Washington
09.06.07
The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer both report that the woman who registered her dog to vote (to prove how easy it is to register illegally) has accepted a deal that will allow her to avoid a criminal conviction. Under the settlement approved by King County District Court Judge Mariane Spearman, Jane Balogh, 66, must perform 10 hours of community service, pay $240 in court costs, and not commit any other crimes in the next year. The misdemeanor charge will be dismissed after one year if she complies with those conditions. Balogh said she wanted to fight the criminal charge in court, but decided not to because of the possibility that she could have been convicted of a felony — and stripped, at least temporarily, of the right to vote. Prosecutors threatened to file a felony charge if the case went to trial. For more on the story from The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer, click here and here.

07.26.07
Felony criminal charges have been filed against seven employees and supervisors of ACORN for the fraudulent registrations submitted in King County.  The criminal charges are in addition to the settlement requiring ACORN to increase its training and pay fines.  The settlement also states that ACORN may be held criminally responsible if the fraud occurs again.  The Seattle Times has the rest of the story.

07.26.07
The Columbian reports King County has removed 1,762 from the voter rolls because of fraudulent registrations. Pierce and King County have been investigating suspicious and fraudulent registrations submitted by ACORN during the past election cycle.  The Columbian has the rest of the story.

07.11.07
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that eight months after the first of three elections for which King County officials sent ballots to an Australian shepherd-terrier mix, he’s finally off the voter rolls.  The dog’s owner Jane K. Balogh, signed him up to vote in April of 2006 with a mail-in registration form.  The dog stayed on the voter rolls even after the November election when Balogh sent in the absentee form with VOID written across it and a print of a dog paw.  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has the rest of the story.

06.24.07
Jane Balogh of Federal Way is headed to court next Tuesday and could face felony charges in a voter fraud case.  Balogh thinks Washington's voter registration requirements are too lax, making the voting system - even national security - vulnerable.   As a protest, she signed up her dog, Duncan, to vote, and was able to receive an absentee ballot for Duncan.  King Five News has the rest of the story.

06.23.07
The Seattle Times reports that prosecutors in King County are looking at possible criminal charges against ACORN in related to a voter-registration drive held in 2004 and 2006.  The Seattle Times has the rest of the story.

West Virginia

Wisconsin
09.12.07
Four Racine men were charged Tuesday with election fraud (illegal voting). According to the charges filed, all four are convicted felons who registered and then voted on November 2, 2006. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Racine city clerk Janice Johnson-Martin said the city makes an effort to make sure convicted felons know they can't vote until after they have served their time. Specifically, the city posts signs at every polling place informing felons that cannot vote if they have not had their rights restored. If convicted, each of the men would face up to a $10,000 fine and three and a half years in prison. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the rest of the story.

08.23.07
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Michael Zore was convicted of double voting in the 2006 general election. Zore told police that he had voted twice using the city hall polling stations of two different Milwaukee County suburbs in the space of six hours. The evidence against Zore included him signing up to vote using a false address in West Allis -- after he had already voted in Wauwatosa. Zore, however, told a jury Wednesday that there was a good reason he should not be convicted of felony counts of double voting and giving a poll worker false information: he forgot. Jurors needed just an hour of deliberation to reject this claim and find Zore guilty. Zore, 44, now could face a prison sentence of up to seven years and a fine of $20,000 when Milwaukee County Circuit Judge William W. Brash III sentences him on September 27. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the rest of the story.

06.15.07
The La Crosse Tribune reports that a federal appeals court ruled unanimously on Thursday to uphold a voter-fraud conviction against a Milwaukee woman who voted even though she was still a felon under state supervision.  Kimberly Prude and nine other felons were later charged with illegal voting. Prude, on probation for a Waukesha County forgery conviction, voted in October 2004 along with others during a rally featuring the Rev. Al Sharpton. She followed the crowd to City Hall in Milwaukee, registered to vote, and submitted an absentee ballot.  The La Crosse Tribune has the rest of the story.

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