Community Organizer Gets Prison Time For Voter Fraud
21-year-old James Madison University student Andrew J. Spieles has pleaded guilty to committing voter fraud during the 2016 presidential election, and has been sentenced to 100 days prison time.
According to WTVR, Spieles was working for the community organizing political organization known as Harrisburg Votes.
A spokesman for the US Attorney’s office said that Spieles was hired to register as many votes as possible.
“In August 2016, Spieles was directed to combine his registration numbers with those of another individual because their respective territories overlapped.
After filling out a registration form for a voter, Spieles entered the information into a computer system used by the Virginia Democratic Party to track information such as name, age, address and political affiliation.
Every Thursday an employee/volunteer hand-delivered the paper copies of the registration forms to the Registrar’s Office in Harrisonburg.”
The fraud was discovered only after an employee at the Harrisonburg Registrar’s Office noticed a registration form from an individual that they knew. The application belonged to the deceased father of a county judge.
After the first discovery, the Registrar’s Office began re-reviewing applications, and quickly discovered more falsified voter registration applications.
Spieles was entering the names, ages, and addresses from forms provided by the Virginia Democratic Party, and then made up fake social security numbers to complete the registrations.
The case provides yet another example as to why many in the country are demanding nationwide voter identification requirements.
The Left argues that voter ID laws are unnecessary, and that the number of cases of voter fraud is too uncommon to warrant legislation.
However, even if there is only one case of one person submitting one falsified voter registration, it’s still enough to require action.
After all, one falsified vote that gets through the system undetected essentially voids the legal vote of a voter who legitimately participated in the voting process.
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