Los Angeles: 9 People Charged in Election Fraud Scheme. Homeless People Were Paid in Cash and Cigarettes

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Nine people have been charged with recruiting hundreds of homeless people living on the streets of Los Angeles by giving them cash and cigarettes in exchange for fraudulent signatures on voter-registration forms or ballot initiatives. People hired to help qualify initiatives for the ballot are often paid per signature collected, and the price has risen as high as $6 per signature. The defendants face up to four years and eight months behind bars if convicted. California voter rolls are filled with dead people, known as ‘ghost voters’, so this bust is just a drop in the bucket. Last year, Judicial Watch reported that the number of registered voters in Los Angeles County is 44% greater than the number of resident citizens of voting age. California has 1,736,556 ghost voters. -GEG

Nine people have been criminally charged after a Los Angeles election fraud scheme was busted by undercover officers.

Hundreds of homeless people on skid row were targeted and given cash and cigarettes in exchange for fraudulent signatures on voter registration forms or ballot initiatives this year and during the 2016 election cycle, reports the Los Angeles Times.

“They paid individuals to sign the names,” said LAPD officer Deon Joseph of the defendants. “That’s an assault on our democracy.”

In Los Angeles, you can earn up to $6 a signature on proposed ballot initiatives. “People hired to help qualify initiatives for the ballot are often paid per signature collected, typically $1 to $2, but officials said a recent slew of proposed ballot initiatives had pushed the rate as high as $6 a signature,” says the report. You cannot, however, pay people for signatures.

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