Vote fraud in New Jersey
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Ronald Harris, 2009
- See also: Absentee ballot vote fraud
Ronald Harris of Atlantic City pled guilty on October 13, 2009 of engaging in fraud with messenger-delivered absentee ballots. The fraud was engaged in to help the (unsuccessful) June 2009 primary campaign of Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small who was running for Mayor on the Democratic Party ticket. Harris may serve up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $15,000 is possible.
Twelve other campaign workers have also been charged but Harris is the first to plead guilty. Harris said that he conspired with others involved in Small's mayoral campaign to submit false documents related to the procurement, casting, or tabulation of messenger absentee ballots in the primary.
Prosecutors say that those under investigation:
- Solicited "applications for messenger absentee ballots from individuals not qualified to receive them and had the voters not fill in the name of the messenger, so they could fraudulently designate themselves as the authorized messengers or bearers."
- Obtained "messenger ballots from the county clerk and submitted them to the board of elections as vote s on behalf of voters who, in fact, never received or voted the ballots or, in some cases, were given only the security envelope for the ballot and were told to sign it. Those voters were not given the opportunity to vote in most instances."
- "Picked up sealed absentee ballots from voters, unsealed them and, if they were votes for mayoral candidates other than Small, destroyed them, thereby disenfranchising those voters. If they were votes for Small, they allegedly resealed them and submitted them as votes."
- "Illegally instructed voters to fill in messenger ballots as votes for Small."
- "Submitted voter registration applications and messenger ballot applications on behalf of individuals who were not residents of Atlantic City, falsely representing they were."
- "Forged the signatures of voters on messenger ballots."
- "Fraudulently delivered messenger ballot applications and messenger ballots to voters simultaneously and instructed the voters to fill out both during the same visit."
Poughkeepsie Journal, 2006
- See also: Dead people voting
A study by the Poughkeepsie Journal in October 2006 of the state's then-new statewide database found that the list contained as many as 77,000 dead people on its rolls, and that as many as 2,600 of them had cast votes from the grave.
The analysis by the Poughkeepsie newspaper matched names, dates of birth and ZIP codes in the state's database of 11.7 million voter registration records against the same information in the Social Security Administration's "Death Master File," a database of 77 million records of deaths dating to 1937.
State GOP officials announced in September 2005 that by comparing information from county voter registration lists, Social Security death records and other public information, they had discovered that 4,755 people who were listed as deceased appear to have voted in the 2004 general election. Another 4,397 people who were registered to vote in more than one county appeared to have voted twice, while 6,572 who were registered in New Jersey and in one of five other states selected for analysis voted in each state.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 New Jersey Newsroom, "Marty Small campaign worker pleads guilty to ballot fraud", October 13, 2009
- ↑ Poughkeepsie Journal, "Deceased residents on statewide voting list", October 29, 2006
- ↑ New York Times, "Among Voters in New Jersey, G.O.P. Sees Dead People", September 16, 2005