Election Fraud Cases
Terri Lynn Rote attempted to vote twice in the 2016 presidential election. Rote cited fears that the election was rigged to justify her attempt to cast two absentee votes for Donald Trump. Rote was arrested attempting to cast the second ballot. She pleaded guilty to a felony charge of election misconduct, and was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $750 fine.
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Erin Leeper pleaded guilty to perjury after she registered and voted in the 2015 local school board election despite her status as a convicted felon, which rendered her ineligible to vote. She was sentenced to a suspended five-year prison term, two years' probation, and ordered to pay $240 in court costs. A $750 fine was suspended.
Glen Tank, a resident of Waterloo, pleaded guilty to ineligible voting during the 2012 presidential election. Mr. Tank was previously convicted of third-offense operating while intoxicated, a felony, and consequently lost his right to vote. Then, in 2010 he was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm as a felon, and was still on probation from that conviction when he voted in November 2012. Tank was ordered to pay $1,253, including a $750 fine, mandatory surcharges, and court costs.
Mayra Alejandra Lopez Morales pleaded guilty to an aggravated misdemeanor charge for registering and voting as a non-U.S. citizen in the 2012 election. She received a deferred judgment with two years of probation and a $750 fine.
During the 2012 general election, Brian Lee Bird, a felon on probation, cast a ballot despite being ineligible. He was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to first degree election misconduct.
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Anthony Greer, a convicted felon, pleaded guilty to a charge of ineligible voting. Greer cast a ballot during the November 2012 election; in Iowa, felons cannot vote until their rights are restored by the governor. Greer was still on probation at the time of the election and was thus ineligible to vote. He was sentenced to serve up to five years in prison, to run concurrently with another sentence for a separate probation violation. The judge suspended a $750 fine.
In 2014, Abel Hernandez-Labra, an illegal alien from Mexico, pleaded guilty to making false statements in a passport application, aggravated identity theft, making a false claim of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, and voting in the 2012 general election. He was sentenced to 51 months in prison, 3 years of supervised release, and fined $5,000.
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Nickie Dean Perkins, a felon, registered to vote and voted in the 2012 general election. He pleaded guilty to first-degree election misconduct and received a five-year suspended sentence and two years' probation.
Tehvedin Murgic, a convicted felon and Bosnian citizen who voted in the 2010 general election, pleaded guilty to third-degree election misconduct for interfering or attempting to interfere with a voter while the voter was filling out a ballot. He also pleaded guilty to trespassing and was fined $1,325.
Beth Ann Gallagher cast an absentee ballot in Iowa on behalf of her daughter, who had recently moved to Minnesota (and who also voted in Minnesota) in the 2012 election. Gallagher pleaded guilty to false representation of records or process and paid a fine.
Mark Evangelous was charged with violating absentee voting laws, uttering a false document, and forgery related to his submission of an absentee ballot application in the name of a deceased voter. Evangelous claimed he had input the name of his sister-in-law incorrectly. The absentee ballot charge was dismissed, and the judge continued his case without a finding for a year, ordering him to complete 200 hours of community service.
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Terry Hambrick tried to steal the identity of his dead brother Aaron in order to secure a driver's license. As part of his identity theft scheme, Hambrick registered to vote. When he was stopped for suspected drunk driving, the police learned his real identity. He ultimately pleaded guilty to identity theft and two counts of perjury, including one in connection with his false voter registration. He is currently serving a 10-year sentence at a correctional facility.
In the process of obtaining a non-operator ID, Jason Rawlin, a convicted felon, signed a document attesting that he was eligible to vote. He pleaded guilty to fraudulent practices and paid a fine.
Martia Yvonne Phillips and 8 others pleaded guilty to voting in the 2008 election despite being convicted felons who had not had their voting rights restored. Phillips had a 2006 felony drug conviction and was on probation during the election. She was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended to two years of probation. The other eight felons were detected after a review of the voter rolls turned up convicted felons who had voted before their rights were restored. They all pleaded guilty.
Michael Loudermilk and Floyd Willie Boldon pleaded guilty to using other people's addresses when registering to vote.
Patrick Lyons, a convicted felon, pleaded guilty to one count of perjury and one count of election fraud after he voted in several elections and ran for election as a school board candidate, both of which he was ineligible to do because of his prior conviction. He was sentenced to five years, suspended, and was ordered to pay a $750 fine plus court costs on each count, and he will be on supervised probation for two years.
Christopher Mettin, a German citizen studying at Morningside College in Iowa, claimed to be a U.S. citizen on a voter registration form. He pleaded guilty to one of the two counts he was charged with and was sentenced to time already served (52 days), and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.