Democrat official, 5 others charged in election fraud scheme

Los Angeles CBS affiliate KCAL reports that Democrat Compton, California City Councilman Isaac Galvan has been criminally accused of joining forces with five other individuals to commit election fraud through a scheme contrived to aid in his quest to retain his local government seat in a hotly contested runoff race.

According to the Washington Examiner, Galvan was formally arraigned Friday on one count of conspiracy to commit election fraud, as well as an additional count of attempted bribery meant to influence the outcome of an election.

Officials from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office indicated that the others accused of participation in Galvan’s operation are former city council hopeful Jace Dawson, Barry Reed, Kimberley Chaouch, Toni Morris, and Reginald Streeter, all of whom now face charges of conspiracy to commit the election fraud that formed the basis of the charges against the city councilman.

It is alleged by prosecutors that Galvan and the others engaged in a conspiracy that propelled him to victory – by a single vote – over rival Andre Spicer in a June runoff election, one in which Morris, Chaouch, Reed, and Streeter all registered to vote using Dawson’s Compton address, despite the fact that they all lived in other locations.

Prosecutors further alleged that in addition to participating in the residency fraud, Galvan also attempted to pay a bribe to a registrar’s office employee on the night of the election at issue, going so far as to do at the same time she was tallying ballots that had been cast in the race.

KTLA in Los Angeles noted that while Galvan and Dawson both pleaded not guilty during court appearances on Friday, the remaining defendants will be arraigned on a future date yet to be determined.

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon said in announcing the charges in this case, “Elections are the cornerstone of our democratic nation. We must do everything in our power to protect the integrity of the electorate process and to ensure that elections are free and fair.”

Gascon continued, “The people of Los Angeles County expect and deserve a government that is free of political corruption at every level.”

Funny, because to hear far-left Democrats like Gascon tell it for the past year and a half, suspicions of vote fraud are solely the province of conspiracy theorists and right-wing extremists. Given the alleged antics of Galvan and company, perhaps outcome-determinative election chicanery isn’t just the stuff of urban legend after all.