There are those in the Democrat Party who insist that voter fraud does not exist, but their argument is going to be tougher to make after two Democrat officials got arrested for voter fraud.
In New Jersey last week Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-elect Alex Mendez and two others were arrested and are alleged to have tampered with and exploited the mail-in voting situation in the May 12th Special election in Paterson, CNN reported.
The investigation began after the US Postal Inspection Service found hundreds of mail-in ballots in a mailbox in Paterson. Numerous additional ballots were found in another mailbox in nearby Haledon, according to a release from the attorney general. The May 12 elections in New Jersey were conducted by mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jackson, 48, is charged with fraud in casting a mail-in vote, unauthorized possession of ballots, tampering with public records and falsifying or tampering with records.
He allegedly violated state election laws as a candidate by approaching one or more Paterson voters in the district where he was running and collecting their official mail-in ballots, according to the release.
New Jersey allows a “bearer” to take ballots from several people and deliver them to the county board of elections. A bearer can collect and deliver ballots for only three people and a candidate in the election is never permitted to be a bearer.
Jackson allegedly did not identify himself as a bearer on the mail-in ballots that he delivered to the Passaic County Board of Elections, and he allegedly had more than three ballots that were not his.
“Today’s charges send a clear message: if you try to tamper with an election in New Jersey, we will find you and we will hold you accountable,” Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said. “We will not allow a small number of criminals to undermine the public’s confidence in our democratic process.”
“The residents of New Jersey have a right to free and fair elections, and we will ensure that happens,” OPIA Director Thomas Eicher said. “Our office’s criminal investigations complement a number of other safeguards that New Jersey has implemented to ensure the integrity of our elections.”
Jackson’s attorney defended his client in a statement to CNN and said that Jackson plans to plead not guilty to the charges.
“He will be contesting all of these charges,” Theodore Kyles Jr. said. “And I can tell you that Councilman Jackson is a fine public servant with many, many years of distinguished service to the community, even before he was elected to the city council.”
Jackson was charged with Fraud in Casting Mail-In Vote (3rd Degree), Unauthorized Possession of Ballots (3rd Degree), Tampering with Public Records (3rd Degree) and Falsifying or Tampering with Records (4th Degree).
Mendez was charged with Election Fraud (2nd Degree), Fraud in Casting Mail-In Vote (3rd Degree), Unauthorized Possession of Ballots (3rd Degree), False Registration or Transfer (Third-Degree), Tampering with Public Records (3rd Degree) and Falsifying or Tampering with Records (4th Degree), the press release said.
“It is alleged that Mendez violated state election laws as a candidate by approaching one or more voters in Paterson in the district where he was running and collecting their official mail-in ballots for delivery to the Passaic County Board of Elections. It is further alleged that these mail-in ballots were delivered to the Board of Elections without information identifying the bearer in violation of state election laws. In addition, Mendez allegedly procured or submitted one or more voter registration applications, which he knew to be false, fictitious, or fraudulent, in that he knew the person for whom the application was procured was not eligible to vote in the election district identified on the application,” it said.