9 Charged In L.A. Election Fraud Scheme Where Homeless Were Paid With Cigarettes And Cash

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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.

Such election fraud schemes aren’t “widespread” within the state, Joseph said, though he did note that skid row can be especially susceptible to such malice. – READ MORE

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