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Dem Operative Sent to Prison After Registering Dead Voters

According to a WTVR-TV report, on Monday, Andrew J. Spieles, a student from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, pleaded guilty to submitting names of dead voters to the registrar’s office during the 2016 presidential election. And as a result, he will serve at least 100 days in prison.

Per U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle, Spieles was working for the political organization known as Harrisonburg Votes when he committed the crime.  And unsurprisingly, the organization’s website has since been deleted, and is said to have ties to the Democratic Party.

“In July 2016, Spieles’ job was to register as many voters as possible and report to Democratic campaign headquarters in Harrisonburg,” a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office told WTVR. “In August 2016, Spieles was directed to combine his registration numbers with those of another individual because their respective territories overlapped.”

“After filling out a registration form for a voter,” the spokesperson continued, “Spieles entered the information into a computer system used by the Virginia Democratic Party to track information such as name, age, address, and political affiliation. Every Thursday an employee [or] volunteer hand-delivered the paper copies of the registration forms to the registrar’s office in Harrisonburg.”

However, when one of the names submitted to the registrar’s office was recognized as that of a deceased father of a Rockingham County judge, the police were notified. Then, according to the U.S. attorney’s office spokesperson, once this was discovered, “multiple instances of similarly falsified forms” were found upon review of additional registrations.

“Some were in the names of deceased individuals while others bore incorrect middle names, birth dates, and social security numbers,” the spokesperson continued. “The registrar’s office learned that the individuals named in these forms had not, in fact, submitted the new voter registrations.”

According to the news report, Spieles later admitted to the crime, and explained that he obtained the names, ages, and addresses of individuals from “walk sheets” that the Virginia Democratic Party had given to him. From there, he simply fabricated birth dates and social security numbers for the falsified voters, and then registered them.

Altogether, Spieles admitted to 18 fraudulent voter forms, but said no one else participated in the crime to his knowledge.

Needless to say, it is a good thing President Trump made good on the Twitter promise he made just days after becoming president by signing an executive order in May which established a commission to examine potential voter fraud and voter suppression.

“The commission will review policies and practices that enhance or undermine the American people’s confidence in the integrity of federal elections,” a White House spokesperson said when the order was signed, “including improper registrations, improper voting, fraudulent registrations, fraudulent voting and voting suppression.”

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