A former Alaska state lawmaker and two of her staffers were indicted last week on multiple voter fraud charges stemming from alleged irregularities involving absentee ballots in the 2018 election.
The Anchorage Daily News reported that former Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R), her former chief of staff Lisa Vaught Simpson, and Simpson’s son Caden Vaught pleaded not guilty to voter fraud charges in Anchorage Superior Court on Wednesday.
All three were charged with multiple felony voter fraud charges for “knowingly solicited or encouraged, directly or indirectly, a registered voter who is no longer qualified to vote,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Allegedly, there were a suspiciously large number of absentee vote requests in the district that led to the investigation.
LeDoux, for her part, said the charges were politically motivated and that she is innocent of any wrongdoing. In a Facebook post right after the charges were filed, she said: “The political establishment will not stop until I am gone — but let them come, because I will fight to clear my name.”
LeDoux gave a similar statement at the indictment this week. “I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong. I’m looking forward to clearing my name,” she said, according to the Examiner.
If convicted, LeDoux could get up to five years in prison for the felonies. Her staffers could also get similar sentences.
The charges follow others handed down last year. LeDoux was also accused of voter fraud in the 2014 election, but those charges were found to have been filed beyond the statute of limitations and were later dropped.
Accusations about the fraud broke last year, and LeDoux subsequently lost a 2020 primary race to hold her seat.
According to reports, the investigation was conducted by Alaska State Troopers and the FBI. It found that absentee ballots were requested for at least seven people who were dead, and that several other people who said they did not vote had ballots received by the Division of Elections in their names.
The grand jury also found multiple ballot requests linked to the same address in 2018.
While widespread voter fraud allegations have not been proven about recent elections despite many allegations, even cases involving small numbers of votes need to be prosecuted in order to keep elections honest.
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