Marlena Jackson, wife of Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown, pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanor election fraud. During the 2018 Democratic primary Longview City council election, Jackson’s husband Shannon Brown organized a scheme to harvest absentee ballots with help from two paid campaign workers and Jackson to increase the ballots in Brown’s favor. Jackson working with Brown and his crew, solicited over a hundred mail-in ballots by assisting with absentee ballot applications, misleading voters about the requirements for voting by mail, and in some cases filling out the applications and falsely claiming that such voters were disabled, often without their knowledge or consent. Marlena was originally charged with close to 100 different felony charges including providing false information on a voting application, election fraud, and tampering with a government record with the intent to defraud or harm. Jackson was sentenced to a year’s probation and a $2,445 fine. Texas. 2022. Fraudulent Use of Abs. Ballots. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
DeWayne Ward, campaign worker for Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of knowingly possessing an absentee ballot with intent to defraud for his involvement in a ballot harvesting scheme during the 2018 Longview City Council Democratic primary election. During that election, Shannon Brown organized a scheme to harvest absentee ballots with help from his wife, Marlena Jackson, Ward, and Charlie Burns Jr. another paid campaign worker, to increase the vote tally in Brown’s favor. Ward, working with Brown, Jackson, and another campaign worker, solicited over a hundred mail-in ballots by assisting with absentee ballot applications, misleading voters about the requirements for voting by mail, and in some cases filling out the applications and falsely claiming that such voters were disabled, often without their knowledge or consent. Ward was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended to a year’s probation, and fined $445. Texas. 2022. Fraudulent Use of Abs. Ballots. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Charlie Burns Jr., campaign worker for Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of knowingly possessing an absentee ballot with intent to defraud for his involvement in a ballot harvesting scheme. During the 2018 Democratic primary Longview City council election, Shannon Brown participated in a scheme to harvest absentee ballots with help from his wife Marlena Jackson, Burns, and DeWayne Ward, another paid campaign worker, to increase the vote total for Brown. Burns working with Brown, Jackson, and another campaign worker, solicited over a hundred mail-in ballots by assisting with absentee ballot applications, providing incorrect information to voters about the requirements for voting by mail, and in some cases filing out the ballots and falsely claiming that such voters were disabled, often without their knowledge or consent. Burns was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended to a year’s probation, and fined $445. Texas. 2022. Fraudulent Use of Abs. Ballots. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Toni Morris pleaded no contest to one felony count of registering to vote at the address of former councilmember Jace Dawson despite not living there for the June 2020 Compton City Council run-off election. She was charged with illegally voting for Compton City Councilmember Isaac Galvan, who won that election by one vote. She will be sentenced in May. California. 2022. Ineligible Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Kimberly Chaouch pleaded no contest to one felony count of registering to vote at the address of former councilmember Jace Dawson despite not living there for the June 2020 Compton City Council run-off election. She was charged with illegally voting for Compton City Councilmember Isaac Galvan, who won that election by one vote. She will be sentenced in May. California. 2022. Ineligible Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Barry Reed pleaded no contest to one felony count of registering to vote at the address of former councilmember Jace Dawson despite not living there for the June 2020 Compton City Council run-off election. She was charged with illegally voting for Compton City Councilmember Isaac Galvan, who won that election by one vote. He will be sentenced in May. California. 2022. Ineligible Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Tracey Kay McKee, of Scottsdale, was indicted by a grand jury on one count of illegal voting and one count of perjury. McKee, a registered Republican, cast a ballot in the name of her deceased mother in the 2020 general election. She pleaded guilty to one count of illegal voting, a felony, and will be sentenced in March. Arizona. 2022. Fraudulent Use of Abs. Ballots. Ineligible Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Elizabeth Durham was charged with 5 felonies after attempting to change the voter registration of a deceased West Virginia voter. Durham pleaded no contest to one charge of petit larceny and one charge of unlawful voter registration and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was suspended to 6 months of probation. West Virginia. 2021. False Registrations. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Jonathan Meade West, Sr., of Hayes, was charged with a felony for attempting to cast two ballots in the 2020 general election. West first voted absentee at the Gloucester County Voter Register’s office. He then returned four days later and tried to cast a second ballot. He was stopped from casting a second ballot when the election worker checked his information using a back-up to the VERIS (Virginia Election Registration Information System) system since it was not working that day. He was convicted of an amended misdemeanor charge of obtaining services under false pretense after attempting to vote twice. West, a self-described “unabashed conservative,” was sentenced to a suspended sentence of 12 months, fined $500, and ordered to pay $96 in court costs. Virginia. 2021. Duplicate Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Shannon Brown, Commissioner of Gregg County, Texas pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanor election fraud and record tampering. During the 2018 Democratic primary Longview City Council election, Brown organized a scheme to harvest absentee ballots with help from two paid campaign workers and his wife to increase the votes in his favor. Brown, along with his crew, solicited over a hundred mail-in ballots by assisting with absentee ballot applications, misleading voters about the requirements for voting by mail, and in some cases filling out the applications and falsely claiming that such voters were disabled, often without their knowledge or consent. Brown was originally charged with over 20 felony charges related to providing false information on voting applications. As part of his plea deal, Brown was sentenced to one year in jail which was suspended to a year’s probation and fined $2,445. Brown was allowed to stay in office. Texas. 2021. Fraudulent Use of Abs. Ballots. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Registered Republican Robert Richard Lynn was charged with a third-class misdemeanor for using his deceased mother’s credentials to cast an absentee ballot for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. He was sentenced to six months probation and 40 hours of community service. Pennsylvania. 2021. Fraudulent Use of Abs. Ballots. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Registered Republican Ralph Holloway Thurman voted twice in the 2020 presidential election. After casting his vote, Thurman asked a poll worker if he could vote on behalf of his son, and when workers informed him that it was not allowed, he left the building. Later that day Thurman returned, disguised in a hat and sunglasses, and signed the poll book as his son, a registered Democrat. After casting the second ballot, pollsters recognized him, notified the judge of elections, but Thurman left before election officials could confront him. He pleaded guilty to one count of repeat voting, a felony. Thurman was sentenced to three years’ probation and is barred from voting for four years as part of a negotiated plea deal. Pennsylvania. 2021. Impersonation Fraud at the Polls. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Domenick Demuro, a Judge of Elections in Philadelphia and a Democratic ward leader, accepted bribes to add fraudulent ballots to voting machines and falsely certify election results for certain Democrat candidates in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary elections. According to the DOJ press release, Demuro “admitted that a local political consultant gave him directions and paid him money to add votes for candidates supported by the consultant, including candidates for judicial office whose campaigns actually hired the consultant, and other candidates for various federal, state and local elective offices preferred by that consultant for a variety of reasons.” Demuro pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to deprive Philadelphia voters of their civil rights and one violation of the Hatch act. He will be sentenced on July 20, 2021. Pennsylvania. 2021. Altering the Vote Count. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Edward Snodgrass, a registered Republican and a Porter Township Trustee, was charged with one felony count of illegal voting after submitting an absentee ballot on behalf of his deceased father in the 2020 General Election. As part of his plea deal, Snodgrass pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of falsification, was sentenced to three days in jail, and fined $500. Ohio. 2021. Fraudulent Use of Abs. Ballots. Impersonation Fraud at the Polls. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Vincent Marzello, 65, was indicted on one count of wrongful voting for voting twice during the November 8, 2016 general election. The indictment alleges he knowingly voted twice by voting once as Vincent Marzello and once by impersonating a woman Helen Elisabeth Ashley under the false name he registered. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in prison, which was then suspended for a period of two years. Marzello was also fined $300 of a civil penalty of $3,000 with the remaining funds suspended for five years. New Hampshire. 2021. Duplicate Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Laurence Kahn, of Londonderry, was charged with voting twice in the 2016 election. Kahn voted in Elm River Township, Michigan then again in-person in Londonderry, New Hampshire. He pleaded guilty to the Class B felony charge for knowingly checking in to vote in Londonderry and casting a New Hampshire ballot after having cast a Michigan ballot. He was sentenced to 90 days in the House of Corrections, but his jail sentence was stayed for one year conditioned on his maintaining good behavior. Kahn was also fined $4,000, ordered to pay an additional penalty of $960, and is barred from voting in New Hampshire. New Hampshire. 2021. Duplicate Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Donald Hartle was charged with two felonies for voting twice in the 2020 general election, once under his own name and a second time via absentee ballot using his deceased wife’s name. Hartle pleaded guilty to one count of “voting more than once at same election,” a Class D felony. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Hartle was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $2,000. If he successfully completes probation, Hartle will be permitted to withdraw his guilty plea to the felony offense and enter a guilty plea to “conspiracy to commit voting more than once at same election,” a gross misdemeanor. Nevada. 2021. Duplicate Voting. Fraudulent Use of Abs. Ballots. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Paul Parana of Canton was charged with impersonating a voter after he forged his daughter’s signature on an absentee ballot in 2020 General Election. He pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor election law violation, was sentenced to 90 days’ probation, and ordered to pay $1,100 in fines and court costs. Michigan. 2021. Fraudulent Use of Abs. Ballots. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Cheryl Hall, a Republican and supporter of President Donald Trump, falsely submitted at least voter registrations in which she altered the party affiliation from Democrat to either Republican or no party affiliation in connection with the 2020 presidential primary election. The discrepancy with the voter registration forms was discovered by a county election supervisor noticed that several of the forms had identical handwriting; several of the voters also complained to the Supervisor of Elections that their party affiliation had been changed without their consent. Hall pleaded no contest to 10 felony charges of submitting false voter registration information and was sentenced to 1 year of supervised release and fined $723. Florida. 2021. False Registrations. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary