“It’s good to see the Justice Department is filing voter fraud cases again.”
A Virginia college student and Young Democrat will plead guilty to voter fraud in federal court after admitting he submitted 18 fraudulent voter registration forms to the Harrisonburg Registrar’s office in the names of dead people.
Andrew Spieles, a student at James Madison University, submitted the fake registration forms while working for HarrisonburgVOTES – a group affiliated with the Virginia Democrat Party – ahead of the 2016 election, according to a statement of facts filed in federal court on June 8.
The fraud was only caught because workers in the Registrar’s office recognized some of the dead applicants’ names.
“Absent the assistants’ personal familiarity with certain names on the fraudulent documents, the fraud would not have been detected because the Registrar’s office does not check the validity of the voter-registration applications. The role of the Registrar’s office was to check the registration forms to ensure they were filled out correctly. . . . There was no procedure or policy in place for the Registrar’s office to verify the content of the registration forms except through felon and death reports. The Registrar’s office did not have the authority to dismiss registration forms based on false content.
The statement adds “there is no current entity that verifies the validity of Virginia voter registration forms.”
That lack of verification extends to applicants’ citizenship. Recent reports issued by the Public Interest Legal Foundation show thousands of ineligible non-citizens have registered and voted in jurisdictions across Virginia. The state’s Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed several reforms aimed at maintaining accurate voter rolls.
Spieles’ plea hearing is set for June 20. He’s agreed to plead guilty to just a single misdemeanor charge and serve a sentence of 100 to 120 days.