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StateNorth CarolinaYear2017NameDewey GidcumbCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeDuplicate VotingDetails

Dewey Gidcumb, of Haywood County, was found guilty of voting twice in the 2016 Republican Primary. Gidcumb first cast a ballot in the early voting period, then voted a second time on Election Day. He received a five-to-15-month suspended prison sentence, one year of supervised probation, and 24 hours of community service. He was also fined $100 and ordered to pay court costs.

StateNorth CarolinaYear2017NameEdward Charles GreenCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible VotingDetails

Edward Charles Green, of Southern Pines, was convicted for voting in the 2016 election despite being a felon and therefore ineligible. Green's prior conviction came in 2014, when he was convicted of promoting the prostitution of a mentally disabled minor. For his voter fraud offense, Green was sentenced to serve a minimum of four months in jail and six months of supervised probation, which will run concurrently with a probation sentence from a prior offense.

StateNorth CarolinaYear2017NameDalton Shane SmithCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible VotingDetails

Dalton Shane Smith, of Cameron, was convicted for voting in the 2016 election despite being a felon and therefore ineligible. In 2016, Smith was convicted of felony breaking and entering. He was sentenced to 30 months' imprisonment, which includes time for unrelated criminal charges.

StateNorth CarolinaYear2016NamePatrick CannonCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible VotingDetails

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor voter fraud charge. Cannon admitted that he cast an absentee ballot in the 2014 midterm elections, despite the fact that he had been convicted on felony corruption charges stemming from his acceptancy of $50,000 in bribes from FBI undercover agents. The conviction cost Cannon his right to vote. The plea deal in the voter fraud case saw one day tacked on to his already existing 44-month prison sentence.

StateNorth CarolinaYear2016NameLumberton, NCCase TypeOfficial FindingFraud TypeElection OverturnedDetails

Following a contested election because of voter irregularities for the Precinct 7 City Council seat in the town of Lumberton, the State Board of Elections ordered new election. In the initial election for the City Council seat, incumbent Leon Maynor held a one-vote lead over challenger Laura Sampson after several recounts. The second election also had problems, with Maynor successfully challenging the residency of 20 voters. Ultimately, roughly half of the 850 provisional ballots cast were thrown out for various reasons, and in the final tally Maynor retained his seat by a 20-vote margin.

StateNorth CarolinaYear2016NamePembroke, NCCase TypeOfficial FindingFraud TypeElection OverturnedDetails

For more than a year, the town of Pembroke had no mayor. Challenges stemming from voting irregularities and possible fraud continue long after a disputed November 2015 election and a March 2016 re-do. In the 2015 election, former town councilman Allen Dial won the mayoral post, but following residency challenges by runner-up Greg Cummings, the State Board of Elections ordered a new election be held. Cummings prevailed in that election, but ongoing challenges prevented him from assuming office. In August, four ballots were thrown out for being improperly cast, and Cummings is still ahead in the vote tally. Pembroke's recent electoral history is colorful to say the least, having had to re-do an election in 2014 as well.

StateNorth CarolinaYear2015NamePasco ParkerCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeDuplicate VotingDetails

Pasco Parker, a 63-year-old Tennessee resident, admitted to voting in three states during the 2012 federal election. He mailed an absentee ballot to both Florida and North Carolina, and he voted in person in Tennessee. Upon pleading guilty to felony voting fraud and felony voter registration, Parker was sentenced to between six and 17 months of jail time, and was ordered to complete 48 hours of community service. The sentence was later suspended in favor of 24 months of supervised probation, and $940 in fees, fines, and court costs. This case was brought to the attention of election officials by a North Carolina volunteer voting watchdog group, The Voting Integrity Project.

StateNorth CarolinaYear2015NameSamuel Walter Sylvester IVCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible VotingDetails

Samuel Walter Sylvester IV pleaded guilty in Cumberland County to voting as a convicted felon. Sylvester was on probation in Wake County following his conviction for felony speeding to avoid arrest. In November, 2014, Sylvester illegally voted in violation of North Carolina law, which bars convicted felons from voting until their rights are restored. Sylvester was sentenced to six months' probation and ordered to complete 48 hours of community service.

StateNorth CarolinaYear2014NameVerna RoehmCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee BallotsDetails

When her husband passed away, Verna Roehm decided to honor his last request--to vote for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. Months after his death, Mrs. Roehm filled out and submitted an absentee ballot in her husband's name. The illegal vote was caught after the election during an audit by election officials; when confronted about the irregularity, Mrs. Roehm admitted to casting the vote. Recognizing the unusual circumstances of the case, the judge convicted Roehm of a misdemeanor rather than a felony. She received no jail time.

StateNorth CarolinaYear2014NamePembroke, NCCase TypeOfficial FindingFraud TypeElection OverturnedDetails

At least 30 fraudulent votes were cast in the November 2013 elections, prompting the town to re-do the election. As of April 2014, an ongoing investigation into fraudulent activity has revealed votes cast by non-residents and the use of improper ID to verify residency for the election.

StateNorth CarolinaYear2012NameHoratio JohnsonCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible VotingDetails

Horatio Johnson was charged with felony election fraud for voting in the November 2008 election despite having pleaded guilty in August of that year to a felony drug charge. Prosecutors allowed Johnson to plead guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor obstruction of justice for his ineligible voting. He was given a 120 days' suspended sentence and unsupervised probation. Johnson's attorney argued that his client's case was an example of why North Carolina needed voter ID laws, since without them, "[a]nyone can vote."

StateNorth CarolinaYear2004NameAnita Moore, Valerie Moore, Carlos Hood…Case TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeBuying VotesDetails

Anita and Valerie Moore, Wayne Shatley, Carlos Hood, and Ross Banner paid people $10 to induce them to register to vote and $25 to induce them to vote for incumbent Caldwell County Sheriff Gary Clark or a straight party ticket for the 2002 election. The Moore sisters pleaded guilty and testified against the others, who were subsequently convicted. A judge sentenced Shatley to the maximum applicable sentence of 33 months in prison due to the "extensive disruption of a government service" that Shatley and his accomplices caused.

StateNorth CarolinaYear2003NameJoshua WorkmanCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible VotingDetails

Joshua Workman, a Canadian citizen who was one of the youngest delegates to the 2000 Republican National Convention, was charged by the Department of Justice with casting ineligible votes during the 2000 and 2002 primary and general elections in Avery County. He made false statements claiming U.S. citizenship in order to vote. As part of a plea agreement, Workman pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of providing false information to election officials and subsequently returned to Canada.

StateNorth CarolinaYear1986Name41 IndividualsCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeBuying VotesDetails

Project Westvote was a massive investigation by the FBI into endemic vote-buying operations in western North Carolina. The operation netted 41 convictions in counties throughout the western part of the state.

StateNorth CarolinaYear2016NameRobert Dean HudsonCase TypeOfficial FindingFraud TypeIneligible VotingDetails

The Cleveland County Board of Elections determined that Robert Dean Hudson illegally voted despite being a convicted felon whose voting rights had not been restored. According to the Board, Hudson cast a ballot on October 20th, during North Carolina's early voting period. His ballot was ordered removed by the Board, and Hudson was referred for possible prosecution.

State Year Name Case Type Fraud Type Source Details
North Carolina 2017 Dewey Gidcumb Criminal Conviction Duplicate Voting bit.ly/2owXRRo, bit.ly/2oMKbhl, bit.ly/2p4zl8S

Dewey Gidcumb, of Haywood County, was found guilty of voting twice in the 2016 Republican Primary. Gidcumb first cast a ballot in the early voting period, then voted a second time on Election Day. He received a five-to-15-month suspended prison sentence, one year of supervised probation, and 24 hours of community service. He was also fined $100 and ordered to pay court costs.

North Carolina 2017 Edward Charles Green Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting bit.ly/2pznMXI

Edward Charles Green, of Southern Pines, was convicted for voting in the 2016 election despite being a felon and therefore ineligible. Green's prior conviction came in 2014, when he was convicted of promoting the prostitution of a mentally disabled minor. For his voter fraud offense, Green was sentenced to serve a minimum of four months in jail and six months of supervised probation, which will run concurrently with a probation sentence from a prior offense.

North Carolina 2017 Dalton Shane Smith Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting bit.ly/2pznMXI

Dalton Shane Smith, of Cameron, was convicted for voting in the 2016 election despite being a felon and therefore ineligible. In 2016, Smith was convicted of felony breaking and entering. He was sentenced to 30 months' imprisonment, which includes time for unrelated criminal charges.

North Carolina 2016 Patrick Cannon Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting bit.ly/2e8sQhA, bit.ly/2foF0PG

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor voter fraud charge. Cannon admitted that he cast an absentee ballot in the 2014 midterm elections, despite the fact that he had been convicted on felony corruption charges stemming from his acceptancy of $50,000 in bribes from FBI undercover agents. The conviction cost Cannon his right to vote. The plea deal in the voter fraud case saw one day tacked on to his already existing 44-month prison sentence.

North Carolina 2016 Lumberton, NC Official Finding Election Overturned bit.ly/2fmbefO, bit.ly/2fjuwVs, bit.ly/2ev5P7c

Following a contested election because of voter irregularities for the Precinct 7 City Council seat in the town of Lumberton, the State Board of Elections ordered new election. In the initial election for the City Council seat, incumbent Leon Maynor held a one-vote lead over challenger Laura Sampson after several recounts. The second election also had problems, with Maynor successfully challenging the residency of 20 voters. Ultimately, roughly half of the 850 provisional ballots cast were thrown out for various reasons, and in the final tally Maynor retained his seat by a 20-vote margin.

North Carolina 2016 Pembroke, NC Official Finding Election Overturned bit.ly/2fmbefO, bit.ly/2eGKxAY, bit.ly/2fjDC4o

For more than a year, the town of Pembroke had no mayor. Challenges stemming from voting irregularities and possible fraud continue long after a disputed November 2015 election and a March 2016 re-do. In the 2015 election, former town councilman Allen Dial won the mayoral post, but following residency challenges by runner-up Greg Cummings, the State Board of Elections ordered a new election be held. Cummings prevailed in that election, but ongoing challenges prevented him from assuming office. In August, four ballots were thrown out for being improperly cast, and Cummings is still ahead in the vote tally. Pembroke's recent electoral history is colorful to say the least, having had to re-do an election in 2014 as well.

North Carolina 2015 Pasco Parker Criminal Conviction Duplicate Voting bit.ly/2f1OCAp, bit.ly/2fgSqkb

Pasco Parker, a 63-year-old Tennessee resident, admitted to voting in three states during the 2012 federal election. He mailed an absentee ballot to both Florida and North Carolina, and he voted in person in Tennessee. Upon pleading guilty to felony voting fraud and felony voter registration, Parker was sentenced to between six and 17 months of jail time, and was ordered to complete 48 hours of community service. The sentence was later suspended in favor of 24 months of supervised probation, and $940 in fees, fines, and court costs. This case was brought to the attention of election officials by a North Carolina volunteer voting watchdog group, The Voting Integrity Project.

North Carolina 2015 Samuel Walter Sylvester IV Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting bit.ly/2p4NG5l, bit.ly/2ox4ByE, bit.ly/2piZnDT

Samuel Walter Sylvester IV pleaded guilty in Cumberland County to voting as a convicted felon. Sylvester was on probation in Wake County following his conviction for felony speeding to avoid arrest. In November, 2014, Sylvester illegally voted in violation of North Carolina law, which bars convicted felons from voting until their rights are restored. Sylvester was sentenced to six months' probation and ordered to complete 48 hours of community service.

North Carolina 2014 Verna Roehm Criminal Conviction Fraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots on.wsoctv.com/2sUOZmT, bit.ly/2fjje0Z, bit.ly/2e8vyUf

When her husband passed away, Verna Roehm decided to honor his last request--to vote for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. Months after his death, Mrs. Roehm filled out and submitted an absentee ballot in her husband's name. The illegal vote was caught after the election during an audit by election officials; when confronted about the irregularity, Mrs. Roehm admitted to casting the vote. Recognizing the unusual circumstances of the case, the judge convicted Roehm of a misdemeanor rather than a felony. She received no jail time.

North Carolina 2014 Pembroke, NC Official Finding Election Overturned bit.ly/2u6OOcd

At least 30 fraudulent votes were cast in the November 2013 elections, prompting the town to re-do the election. As of April 2014, an ongoing investigation into fraudulent activity has revealed votes cast by non-residents and the use of improper ID to verify residency for the election.

North Carolina 2012 Horatio Johnson Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting bit.ly/2fjjNYC, bit.ly/2e8vR1w, bit.ly/2fmg7FW

Horatio Johnson was charged with felony election fraud for voting in the November 2008 election despite having pleaded guilty in August of that year to a felony drug charge. Prosecutors allowed Johnson to plead guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor obstruction of justice for his ineligible voting. He was given a 120 days' suspended sentence and unsupervised probation. Johnson's attorney argued that his client's case was an example of why North Carolina needed voter ID laws, since without them, "[a]nyone can vote."

North Carolina 2004 Anita Moore, Valerie Moore, Carlos Hood… Criminal Conviction Buying Votes bit.ly/2eGMwp2, bit.ly/2fjk0em, bit.ly/2e8yss6

Anita and Valerie Moore, Wayne Shatley, Carlos Hood, and Ross Banner paid people $10 to induce them to register to vote and $25 to induce them to vote for incumbent Caldwell County Sheriff Gary Clark or a straight party ticket for the 2002 election. The Moore sisters pleaded guilty and testified against the others, who were subsequently convicted. A judge sentenced Shatley to the maximum applicable sentence of 33 months in prison due to the "extensive disruption of a government service" that Shatley and his accomplices caused.

North Carolina 2003 Joshua Workman Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting bit.ly/2e8yss6, bit.ly/2fmg7FW

Joshua Workman, a Canadian citizen who was one of the youngest delegates to the 2000 Republican National Convention, was charged by the Department of Justice with casting ineligible votes during the 2000 and 2002 primary and general elections in Avery County. He made false statements claiming U.S. citizenship in order to vote. As part of a plea agreement, Workman pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of providing false information to election officials and subsequently returned to Canada.

North Carolina 1986 41 Individuals Criminal Conviction Buying Votes bit.ly/1H42waR, bit.ly/1Fl8F7y

Project Westvote was a massive investigation by the FBI into endemic vote-buying operations in western North Carolina. The operation netted 41 convictions in counties throughout the western part of the state.

North Carolina 2016 Robert Dean Hudson Official Finding Ineligible Voting bit.ly/2k33dmg, bit.ly/2k33e9O

The Cleveland County Board of Elections determined that Robert Dean Hudson illegally voted despite being a convicted felon whose voting rights had not been restored. According to the Board, Hudson cast a ballot on October 20th, during North Carolina's early voting period. His ballot was ordered removed by the Board, and Hudson was referred for possible prosecution.

North Carolina 2017 Robert Lee Youngblood Criminal Conviction Duplicate Voting bit.ly/2GikUbx

Robert Lee Youngblood, the former President of the Randolph County Tea Party, submitted a mail-in ballot in the 2014 primary, where he was running for a seat on the county board of education. He then voted again at the polls on the first day of early voting. He pleaded guilty to charges of voter fraud. Mr. Youngblood was sentenced to two days in jail to be followed by 18 months of unsupervised probation and was fined $750.

North Carolina 2016 Roger Adam Herres Criminal Conviction Duplicate Voting, False Registrations http://thf-legal.s3.amazonaws.com/Amy%202018/Hoke.pdf

Roger Herres was indicted on one count of voter registration fraud and one count of voter fraud. Herres cast ballots in two states in the 2012 general election. According to court records, Herres pleaded guilty to the charges.

North Carolina 2018 Alessandro Cannizzaro Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting Case No. 5:18-cr-00328-BO, bit.ly/2JIuCmd, bit.ly/2zlXj3J

Alessandro Cannizzaro, of Italy, pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal voting by an alien. Cannizzaro was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. Cannizzaro was ordered to pay a $200 fine and a $10 special assessment.

North Carolina 2018 Roberto Hernandez-Cuarenta Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting bit.ly/2znNodA, bit.ly/2zmJVvZ

Roberto Hernandez-Cuarenta voted in both the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections despite not being a citizen. Hernandez-Cuarenta, a Mexican citizen, was granted a Special Agricultural Worker application in 1992 and had since acquired permanent resident status. He was convicted on two charges of voting by an alien, and was sentenced to time served, which amounted to four months of incarceration.

North Carolina 2018 Jose Cruz Solano-Rodriguez Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting Case No. 2:18-cr-00029-BO, bit.ly/2zlXj3J, bit.ly/2JIuCmd, bit.ly/2BtQTRZ

Jose Cruz Solano-Rodriguez, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to one count of voting by an alien. He was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. Solano-Rodriguez also faced a second charge that he falsely claimed citizenship in order to register to vote, but that charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement. Solano-Rodriguez was ordered to pay a $100 fine and a $25 special assessment.

North Carolina 2018 Ramon Esteban Paez-Jerez Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting Case No. 5:18-cr-00131-FL, bit.ly/2JIuCmd, bit.ly/2JIuCmd, nyti.ms/2SxyJbL, bit.ly/2zlXj3J

Ramon Esteban Paez-Jerez, of the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty to two charges of passport fraud and illegal voting by an alien. Paez-Jerez was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. Following Paez-Jerez's guilty plea, he was sentenced to one year's imprisonment on each charge, to be served concurrently, and three years' probation for each charge, also to be served concurrently. For each charge, he was ordered to pay a $5,500 fine and a $125 special assessment.

North Carolina 2018 Jose Jaime Ramiro-Torres Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting Case No. 2:18-cr-00029-BO, bit.ly/2JIuCmd, bit.ly/2zlXj3J

Jose Jaime Ramiro-Torres, of El Salvador, pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal voting by an alien. Ramiro-Torres was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. He was ordered to pay a $100 fine and a $25 special assessment.

North Carolina 2018 Dieudonne Soifils Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting Case No. 4:18-cr-00045-FL, bit.ly/2JIuCmd, bit.ly/2zlXj3J

Dieudonne Soifils, of Haiti, pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal voting by an alien. Soifils was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. Soifils is awaiting sentencing.

North Carolina 2018 Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting Case No. 5:18-cr-00298-FL, bit.ly/2JIuCmd, bit.ly/2zlXj3J

Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to one count of voting by an alien. She was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. Espinosa-Pena also faced a second charge that she falsely claimed citizenship in order to register to vote, but that charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement. She is awaiting sentencing.

North Carolina 2018 Maria Rufina Castillo-Boswell Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting Case No. 7:18-cr-00135-D, bit.ly/2JIuCmd, bit.ly/2zlXj3J

Maria Rufina Castillo-Boswell, of the Philippines, pleaded guilty to one count of voting by an alien. She was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. Castillo-Boswell also faced a second charge that she falsely claimed citizenship in order to register to vote, but that charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement. She is awaiting sentencing.

North Carolina 2018 Dora Maybe Damata-Rodriguez Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting Case No. 7:18-cr-00133-FL, bit.ly/2JIuCmd, bit.ly/2zlXj3J

Dora Maybe Damata-Rodriguez, of Panama, pleaded guilty to one count of voting by an alien. She was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. Damata-Rodriguez also faced a second charge that she falsely claimed citizenship in order to register to vote, but that charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement. She is awaiting sentencing.

North Carolina 2018 Juan Francisco Landeros-Mireles Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting Case No. 5:18-cr-00325-D, bit.ly/2JIuCmd, bit.ly/2zlXj3J

Juan Francisco Landeros-Mireles, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal voting by an alien. Landeros-Mireles was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. He is awaiting sentencing.

North Carolina 2018 Hyo Suk George Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting Case No. 7:18-cr-00138-BO, bit.ly/2JIuCmd, bit.ly/2zlXj3J

Hyo Suk George, of Korea, pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal voting by an alien. George was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. He was ordered to pay a $100 fine and a $25 special assessment.

North Carolina 2018 Merious Jean Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting Case No. 5:18-cr-00327-BO, bit.ly/2JIuCmd, bit.ly/2zlXj3J

Merious Jean, of Haiti, pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal voting by an alien. Jean was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. He was ordered to pay a $100 fine and a $25 special assessment.

North Carolina 2018 Daniel Tadeusz Romanowski Criminal Conviction Ineligible Voting Case No. 5:18-cr-00326-D, bit.ly/2JIuCmd, bit.ly/2zlXj3J

Daniel Tadeusz Romanowski, of Poland, pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal voting by an alien. Romanowski was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. He is awaiting sentencing.