Official: Voter Fraud Charges For 5 People in Illinois
According to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office in Illinois, five people are accused of multiple election fraud-related cases during the Nov. 3 election.
The charges stem from inquiries into 32 cases of suspected election fraud, according to the state’s attorney’s office, though the majority of those cases were dismissed without investigation. According to a news release released on Tuesday, the office emphasized that many individuals are still being investigated.
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Colleen A. Kirchoff, 60, of Naperville; Thomas E. Wojciechowski, 73, of Carol Stream; and Adam P. Butler, 51, are among those charged, according to the release.
Kirchoff was charged with forgery and perjury after officials said she allegedly tried to cast a vote for someone else. According to authorities, Butler was charged with forgery and one count of perjury in the election code, while Wojciechowski was charged with one count of perjury in the election code.
Darrick Kent, 43, and Amy Kent, 41, both of Austin, Texas, were charged with one count of election code perjury.
In a statement, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said, “I would like to thank County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek and her office for their fine work in uncovering these suspected violations and bringing them to our attention.” “The charges filed today are the direct product of the Clerk’s Office’s cooperation and professionalism in the investigation.”
His office offered no further information about the charges or the investigation.
“Fair and free elections are the very cornerstone of our country,” Berlin added. “Elections are a sacred responsibility, and while the five defendants charged today constitute a tiny fraction of the 491,067 votes cast in the 2020 general election, it is vital that anyone accused of trying to tamper with the election process be investigated and punished as necessary.”
According to WBBM, a judge signed arrest warrants for the five suspects on Tuesday, with each person’s bail set at $1,000.
After pleading guilty to election fraud charges, the mayor pro tem of a Northern California city resigned last week.
According to local news outlet Wild Rivers Outpost, Crescent City Mayor Pro Tem Alex Campbell entered a plea to making a false statement of candidacy in Del Norte County Superior Court.
Separately, a judge in Aberdeen, Mississippi, ordered a new alderman runoff election after more than three-quarters of absentee ballots cast in the June 2020 Democratic runoff election were found to be null, and a notary involved in the election was arrested.