Judge finds election fraud in heavily Democratic Compton

Worries surrounding election integrity are often dismissed as an example of Republican paranoia. However, a recent case from one of America’s most Democratic cities suggests those concerns are far from unfounded.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a city council race in Compton, California was overturned this past Friday due to voter fraud. 

Outside voters were brought in

Superior Court Judge Michelle Williams Court issued a 10-page ruling late last week in which she decreed that two-term Councilman Isaac Galvan be removed in favor of runner-up Andre Spicer.

The order came after Williams determined that four votes cast by people who live outside of Galvan’s district put him over the top in last June’s primary race.

Once the illegal ballots were removed from consideration, Spicer was found to have garnered 854 votes compared with Galvan’s 851.

Two months later, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office indicted Galvan on charges of bribery and election rigging.

Galvan was accused of conspiring with fellow municipal candidate Jace Dawson to bring in illegal voters. What’s more, authorities say Galvan attempted to bribe an elections official with concert tickets.

All four of the illegal voters listed Jace’s Compton home as being their primary address, a fact that aroused suspicion. Dawson along with the four individuals who case fraudulent ballots were later hit with two charges of conspiracy each.

They were identified in Williams’ opinion as Kimberly Chaouch, Toni Sanae Morris, Reginald Orlando Streeter, and Jordan Farr Jefferson. Chaouch was recorded less than a week after the race that she lived in Los Angeles and that no one actually lived at the home apart from Jace.

Winning candidate grateful for ruling

Los Angeles’ ABC 7 reported that Spicer put out a statement in which he welcomed Friday’s court decision, saying, “I am excited, thrilled, and relieved that Judge Michelle Williams ruled in my favor.”

“We have worked so hard and tirelessly to prove our case and represent for a community who needed it the most,” the former candidate continued.

“Today is a new beginning for not only myself but 25,000 residents that have been pleading for change,” Spicer went on to conclude.

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