Though the term “voter fraud” became mainstream following the 2020 election, it’s a serious problem that has been plaguing elections since the country’s inception.
According to the Washington Examiner, a voter fraud case from the 2018 election is the latest to make headlines, as it involved a former Alaska state representative, her top aide, and her son — all of whom were recently indicted on felony-level voter fraud charges, with accusations of having “knowingly solicited or encouraged, directly or indirectly, a registered voter who is no longer qualified to vote.”
Former Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, a state-level Republican legislator, pleaded not guilty to the charges this week in an Anchorage Superior Court. The other two in the group pleaded similarly.
“I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong. I’m looking forward to clearing my name,” LeDoux said while entering her not guilty plea.
Authorities began looking into the group after election officials reported an unusually high number of absentee ballots. According to the Anchorage Daily News, the group has been accused of not only illegally voting in LeDoux’s district but soliciting votes from others outside of her district.
The state accused LeDoux, former aide Lisa Vought Simpson and her son, Caden Vaught, of having “solicited and/or encouraged people who did not live in her district to vote in the House District 15 primary and general elections,” setting up the trio for possible convictions on felony counts of first-degree voter misconduct.
Given the class C felony status of breaking such a law, if convicted, they face up to five years in prison on each count.
The original charges leveled against the group in March 2020 stemmed from both the 2018 and 2014 elections, though the 2014 charges were ultimately dropped due to Alaska’s statute of limitations.
LeDoux remained firm in claiming her innocence, writing in a Facebook post earlier this year, “The political establishment will not stop until I am gone — but let them come, because I will fight to clear my name.”