Election Fraud Cases
Derek Castonguay pleaded guilty to voter fraud in Salem District Court on January 15, 2016. While a resident of Manchester, Castonguay voted in the towns of Salem and Windham in the general election of 2014, using addresses where he previously resided. Castonguay received a 12-month suspended sentence and was ordered to pay a $1,000.00 fine plus a 24 percent penalty assessment. In addition to the sentence and fine, Castonguay loses his right to vote under the New Hampshire Constitution, Part I, Article 11.
Nancy Sullivan, a resident of Windham, admitted having committed voter fraud in the 2014 general election. Sullivan fraudulently obtained an absentee ballot in the name of her son, Avery Galloway, by forging his signature on an absentee ballot request form, as well as on the envelope containing the completed ballot. Sullivan avoided criminal prosecution and the permanent loss of her ability to vote by paying a fine as a civil penalty and signing a consent agreement with the Attorney General.
Lorin C. Schneider, Jr., a resident of Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to three counts--one felony and two misdemeanors--of wrongful voting. He voted in New Hampshire in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections and in the 2012 Democratic primary. Schneider was given a suspended sentence and a $5,000 fine, and he is permanently barred from voting in New Hampshire, even if he were to change his residency and become eligible.
Adam Kumpu of Milford was fined $1,000 and his mother, Janine Kumpu of Milford, was fined $250 for committing voter fraud in the 2012 election. Janine Kumpu obtained an absentee ballot in her son's name, and he used it to vote in Milford last November. He also voted in person in Keene. The 2012 election was the first one in which photo IDs were required for voting in New Hampshire.
Christopher Luke Fithian of Jackson, New Hampshire pleaded guilty to a charge of duplicate voting for voting twice in the 2008 Presidential election and for applying for a ballot after he had already voted. He received a suspended 12 month prison sentence and was ordered to serve 200 hours of community service.
Timothy Parnes was convicted of providing a false address when registering to vote. He was fined $500.
Don Leeman, a former state Representative, was charged with bribery and witness tampering charges. The charges were filed after an investigation into the location of Mr. Leeman's home, which was outside of the district he was representing. This is not permissible under New Hampshire law. Leeman agreed to a plea deal that only required him to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge. He was issued a deferred $1,200 fine and was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.
A woman filled out her late husband's absentee ballot for the 2016 general election, claiming he had done so prior to his death. She was given a $500 civil penalty. Her case was included in an official report compiled by New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner and other state election officials, but her name was redacted.
A man who owned property in both Hampton and Salem voted once in each town. He admitted to investigators that he had done this previously. He was given a $2,500 civil fine and officially warned he faced criminal prosecution if he did it again. His case was included in an official report compiled by New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner and other state election officials, but his name was redacted.
Two individuals voted in 2016 in Dixville Notch's primary, despite not residing or having established a domicile there. They were warned they would face criminal prosecution if they did it again. Their cases were included in an official report compiled by New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner and other state election officials, but their names were redacted.
Spencer McKinnon, a student studying at the University of New Hampshire, mailed an absentee ballot to his hometown of Dracut, Massachusetts and then registered to vote in Durham, New Hampshire. His attempt to vote twice in the 2016 election was detected thanks to New Hampshire's participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. McKinnon pleaded guilty to providing a false statement on a voter registration form, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to serve six months in a state correctional facility, but that sentence was suspended on the condition that McKinnon pay a $2,000 fine and complete 200 hours of community service. He was also stripped of his right to vote in New Hampshire.