Republican Election Fraud Scandals - Extremists Have to Cheat to Win

Principled politicians who believe in democracy and America don't cheat at elections. That's why so many election fraud scandals are committed by modern day Republicans who propagate extremism and conspiracy theories. And of course, to try to cover up their nefarious behavior, a large percentage of Republicans promote and actually believe election fraud conspiracy theories such as that the 2020 election was stolen.

Here are some actual real election fraud scandals committed by Republicans.

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Displaying 19 Scandals
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  • Georgia GOP VP Brian Pritchard
    Illegally voted in nine elections between 2008 and 2011 while he was on probation for a prior felony conviction and ineligible to vote in Georgia while also having hypocritically spread baseless claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election and was later fined $5,000 and given a public reprimand by the judge overseeing his case
    28 Mar 2024
    According to an investigative report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • State Rep. David Cole [R-AL]
    Fraudulently claimed a 5-by-5-foot closet-size space he rented for $5 a month was his official residence in order to run for office in a district he didn't actually live in
    10 Oct 2023
    According to charging documents filed by local officials
  • Signature Masters Inc Exec Shawn Wilmoth
    Forged thousands of fake signatures over hundreds of petitions his third-party company conducted that the State AG charged were full of “obvious fraud” and done in such a “sophomoric” way that he misspelled people's names and cities and had signatures of people who were dead or had moved and then submitted them to candidates who contracted his services and proceeded to inadvertently submit the fraudulent petition signatures to election officials
    22 Jun 2023
    According to charging documents filed by state officials
  • Wife Phuong Taylor
    Submitted dozens of phony voter registrations, absentee ballot requests and absentee ballots in the 2020 Iowa Republican primary in an attempt to help her husband Jeremy Taylor's campaign for the US House
    12 Jan 2023
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials
  • Rep. Drew Ferguson [R-GA]
    Voted using his former invalid address instead of his new one in a different county 60 miles away in the 2022 primary, general, and U.S. Senate runoff elections
    21 Dec 2022
    According to an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Alabama GOP Chair John Wahl
    Repeatedly voted with an illegal ID card that implied he was a state employee
    03 Oct 2022
    According to investigative report by AL.com
  • Commissioner Jason Schofield [R-NY]
    Filled out and submitted eight absentee ballots for unwitting voters without their knowledge or consent by taking advantage of his position on a local elections board to access their voter information
    13 Sep 2022
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials
  • Paul Manni [2020 GOP MI City Council Member Nominee]
    Forged signatures on at least nine absentee voter applications for people who were unaware he was submitting the request and lied to the county clerk by attesting he had permission to deliver the applications
    09 Aug 2022
    According to charging documents filed by local officials
  • City Council Member Kimberly McPherson [R-NY]
    Cast two ballots in other people's names in a general election and in one other person's name in a primary election held in 2021
    08 Jun 2022
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials
  • City Council Member Brian Young [R-IN]
    Illegally voted in multiple elections and even represented a district he didn't actually live in after using his parents address as his own on his voter registration
    06 Apr 2022
    According to charging documents filed by local officials
  • County Clerk Tina Peters [R-CO]
    Allowed an unauthorized individual to make copies of voting machine hard drives and attend a voting machine software update intended only for credentialed election officials
    09 Mar 2022
    According to charging documents filed by the Colorado Attorney General
  • Mark Meadows [Fmr. Trump Chief of Staff]
    Registered to vote from NC mobile home he never visited in violation of state law that says it's illegal to vote from an address where you are not a legal resident
    06 Mar 2022
    According to an investigative report by The New Yorker
  • Frederick Gattuso [2020 GOP NJ Mayor Nominee]
    Voted twice using two different but similar sounding names in the 2020 election
    29 Jul 2021
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • Rep. Steve Watkins [R-KS]
    Illegally used a local UPS store as his legal address for voting purposes in violation of state election law
    14 Jul 2020
    According to charging documents filed by local officials
  • State Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux [R-AK]
    Asked people who no longer lived in her home district to break the law and vote there anyway in two different elections, one of which she only won by 117 votes
    13 Mar 2020
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • Operative McCrae Dowless [R-NC]
    Conspired to illegally collect and fill out unsuspecting voters absentee and mail-in ballots to help Republican candidates in the 2018 midterm election
    27 Feb 2019
    According to charging documents filed by federal prosecutors
  • Justice of the Peace Russ Casey [R-TX]
    Forged more than 100 signatures on a candidate petition to ensure he could get on the ballot for the 2018 Republican primary
    11 Jan 2018
    He pled guilty to tampering with govenment records and was sentenced to five years of probation
  • Don Leeman [2020 NH GOP State Rep. Candidate]
    Voted in a district he no longer resided in and later unsuccessfully tried to bribe a local Housing Authority employee into falsifying a letter to election officials that attested he had only temporarily moved out of the district in exchange for a donation to the county Housing Authority
    03 May 2017
    Allegedly according to reporting from credible media outlets
  • Signature Masters Inc Exec Shawn Wilmoth
    Paid two felons who weren't legally eligible to vote $2 per signature to fraudulently sign off on petitions for a local ballot proposal he supported
    05 May 2011
    According to charging documents filed by state officials