Federal election fraud activities

Per the US Attorneys for Iowa, the following activities provide a basis for federal prosecution under the statutes referenced in each category:

  • Ordering, keeping, or having under one’s control any troops or armed men at any polling place in a general or special election if one is a civil or military officer or employee of the United States government (18 U.S.C. $ 592). [Note:  The Linn County Auditor’s Office will have unarmed security guards on duty while children are present in certain polling places, e.g., daycares, and where necessary to assist voters and precinct election officials.]
  • Causing the submission of voter registrations in any election, or of ballots in federal elections, that are materially defective under State law (52 U.S.C. $ 2o511). {8}
  • Providing false information concerning an individual’s name, address, or period of residence in order to register to vote, or to vote in a federal election (52 U.S.C. § 10307(c)and 20511). {7}
  • Voting in a federal election by anyone who is not a United States citizen where citizenship is a requisite for the franchise (18 U.S.C.§ 611).
  • Falsely claiming United States citizenship in connection with registering to vote or voting in any election (18 U.S.C.§ 911, 1015(f).
  • Preventing or impeding qualified voters from participating in an election where a federal candidate’s name is on the ballot through such tactics as disseminating false information as to the date, timing, or location of federal voting activity (18 U.S.C.§ §241,242).
  • Registering to vote, or voting in a federal election, by persons who are not entitled to vote under State law, most notably persons who have lost the franchise under State law upon conviction of a serious crime, or by persons who are not United States citizens (52 U.S.C.§ 20511). {6} 
  • Malfeasance by election officials acting “under color of law”, such as diluting valid ballots with invalid ones (“ballot box stuffing”), rendering false vote tabulations, or preventing valid voter registrations or votes from being given effect in any election (18 U.S.C.§ 241, 242), as well as, in elections where federal candidates are on the ballot(52 U.S.C.§ 10307(c), 10307(e), and 20511). {5}
  • Intimidating voters through physical force in any election (18 U.S.C.§ 245(b)(1)(A)); or through physical or economic intimidation in connection with registration to vote, or with voting in a federal election (52 U.S.C.§ 20511 {4} , 18 U.S.C.§ 594). If the victim is a federal employee, intimidation in connection with all elections is prohibited (18 U.S.C.§ 610).
  • Multiple voting in a federal election, voting in a federal election for individuals who do not personally participate in the voting act attributed to them, or impersonating voters in a federal election (52 U.S.C. § 10307(c), 10307(e), and 20511). {3}
  • Paying individuals to register to vote, or to vote in elections where a federal candidate’s name is on the ballot (52 U.S.C. § 10307(c) {1}, 18 U.S.C. § 597), or through the use of telephones or the mail in those States where vote buying is a “bribery” offense (18 U.S.C. § 1952), or in federal elections in those States where purchased votes or registrations are voidable under State law (52 U.S.C. § 20511). {2} 
  • l Former 42 U.S.C. § 1973i(c).
  • 2 Former 42 U.S.C. § 1973gg-10.
  • 3 Former 42 U.S.C. § 1973i(c), 1973i(e), and 1973gg-10.
  • 4 Former 42 U.S.C.§ 1973gg-10
  • 5 Former 42 U.S.C.§ 1973i(c), 1973i(e), and 1973gg-10.
  • 6 Former 42 U.S.C.§ 1973gg-10
  • 7 Former 42 U.S.C.§ 1973i(c) and 1973gg-10
  • 8 Former 42 U.S.C. $ 1973gg-10.

-Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

2 comments on “Federal election fraud activities

  1. October 29, 2016 caelids

    Dear Mr. Miller,

    You sound like a straight shooter. Glad I discovered your blog. I am concerned about vote switching, dead citizens voting, and other kinds of fraud. Do you plan to audit a portion of the votes to ensure a fair election (Nov. 8 2016)?

    • October 31, 2016 lcauditor

      If you’re within driving distance of Cedar Rapids, IA, I suggest you stop by and I will give you a tour of how we administer the election and process ballots.

      I’ve never heard of a case of “vote switching” in the State of Iowa.

      On a daily basis, the voter registrations of deceased voters are cancelled when the obituaries are published either online or in the printed editions of the local newspapers.

      While voter fraud is not zero, considering that I have been in-charge of 885K ballots being counted in Linn County, it’s about as close to zero as you can get over the last 9+ years.

      Any candidate on the ballot can request a recount (audit) of his or her race if there’s any question about the results. Under state law, I do not have the authority to conduct a random audit of any precinct nor do I believe it’s necessary based upon the data indicating that fraud is almost non-existent. – Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

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