A Young Democrat paid to register voters prior to the 2016 Presidential Election has been sentenced to at least 100 days in prison on voter fraud charges, after being caught registering the name of a local judge’s deceased father to vote for Hillary Clinton.
The jail sentence signals a turning of the tide in regards to voter fraud in the United States, with judges across the country under orders to take the issue seriously and stamp out the practice.
Andrew Spieles, who was working for a Democrat affiliated voter registration group in Virginia, was caught filing Hillary Clinton applications in September on behalf of 19 dead people, including a WWII veteran.
The James Madison University student who was working for HarrisonburgVotes, was caught red-handed when a local clerk noticed the name of the veteran he personally knew to be deceased. Later a Rockaway County judge also noticed the name of his deceased father.
The cheating Young Democrat’s goose was cooked. Virginia Republicans demanded a full investigation, amid claims that Democratic corruption in the state ran deep, and Andrew Spieles’ crimes were part of a wider network of organized corruption and anti-democratic graft.
The ensuing investigation revealed 19 cases of voter applications filed on behalf of dead people in the battleground state of Virginia, and suggested Spieles’ crimes were merely the tip of the iceberg, according to a report in the local Daily-News Record.
The Washington Post reported that another one of those individuals was Richard Allen Claybrook Sr., who died in 2014 at the age of 87. Claybrook was known by a clerk in the voting registration office as a former Fairfax elementary school principal.
“In July 2016 Spieles’ job was to register as many voters as possible and reported to Democratic Campaign headquarters in Harrisonburg,” a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson said. “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, 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/volunteer hand-delivered the paper copies of the registration forms to the Registrar’s Office in Harrisonburg.”
Later that month, someone at the Registrar’s Office called police after another employee saw a name they recognized on a registration form.
The name was the deceased father of a Rockingham County Judge.
“The Registrar’s Office discovered multiple instances of similarly falsified forms when it reviewed 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. The assistant registrar’s personal knowledge of the names of some of the individuals named in the falsified documents facilitated the detection of the crime.
“Spieles later admitted that he prepared the false voter registration forms by obtaining the name, age, and address of individuals from “walk sheets” provided to him by the Virginia Democratic Party, fabricating a birth date based on the ages listed in the walk sheet, and fabricating the social security numbers. Spieles admitted that he created all 18 fraudulent forms himself and that no one else participated in the crime.”
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