Reports show voter fraud prosecutions are occurring throughout the United States, according to advocates for fair elections, but they warn that light punishments are not deterring criminal behavior.
Deputy director of the Election Integrity Network, Ned Jones, told an online outlet that prosecutors appear more aggressive about going against these kinds of cases. But the punishment is too lenient. It seems that, except for repeat offenders, most cases are resolved by plea bargains or with little incarceration.
Former San Luis, Arizona, mayor Guillermina Fuentes was sentenced to 30 days in prison in Arizona for her role in a ballot-harvesting plot to steal votes in the 2020 election. In addition, she received a two-year probation term.
Thomas Cooper, a contract postal carrier in Pendleton County, West Virginia, admitted to attempted illicit election activity and “injury to the mail” in July 2020 and received a sentence of five years of probation with the first six months spent under house arrest.
A woman in Texas who pled guilty to 26 charges of felony voting fraud this summer was given deferred adjudication probation for five years.
As reported by the Texas attorney general’s office, a social worker was arrested and charged with 134 felony charges of election fraud in 2020 for allegedly bringing in voter registration forms for 67 persons without their signature or valid authorization while alleging to serve as their agent.
But instead of spending ten years behind bars, the defendant will serve probation as part of a plea bargain.
Where is the deterrent? Jones inquired.
A new video reveals that last October 14, 17, and 18, Maricopa County secretly tampered with voting machines to make 59% of them malfunction for Republican votes on Election Day.
According to recently released documents, Maricopa County started conducting secret “Logic and Accuracy testing” on the 14th, days after the legally mandated test date of October 11th, without providing the mandatory public notice.
Kurt Olsen, the attorney for the Republican candidate for governor of Arizona in 2020, Kari Lake, determined that this information would lend credence to her claim that the election in Arizona was rigged.