By House Delegate Rob Bell (R, VA-58)
Letter to Constituents
Yesterday, federal prosecutors filed charges against Andrew Spieles, a political operative who attempted to register 18 dead voters in Harrisonburg. Spieles used real names and addresses from walksheets, but then falsified the birthdays. He was only caught because a deputy registrar recognized one of the names. Spieles signed his plea agreement on May 22—you can see the TV report here.
This case follows the Alexandria case where a canvasser for a Democratic-aligned group pled guilty to 2 counts of forging a public document and 1 count of election fraud.
Want more evidence? A recent election audit in North Carolina found 508 unlawful votes in 2016, including felons, noncitizens, and voters who voted twice.
Each conviction and audit demonstrates that voter fraud does occur and undermines our elections. Over the last four years, the General Assembly has passed numerous bills to support honest elections, but they were vetoed by Governor McAuliffe. (These included my bill to help registrars identify voters who are registered in multiple states.) We will surely carry on the fight next year.