College student gets 100 days behind bars for registering dead voters for Democrats
A Virginia college student was sentenced to 100 days in jail for creating fraudulent voter registration forms.
Andrew J. Spieles, 21, a student at James Madison University, received his sentence Tuesday for knowingly submitting fraudulent Virginia voter registration forms, several of which listed names of dead people, during the 2016 election, according to Fox News.
Spieles worked as a staffer for Harrisonburg Votes, a political group affiliated with the Democratic party, where he was hired to register as many area voters as possible in the weeks leading up to the election.
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"In August 2016, Spieles was directed to combine his registration numbers with those of another individual because their respective territories overlapped," a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesperson told WTVR.
"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," the spokesperson continued. And each week, an employee would hand-deliver the paper copies to the Registrar's Office in Harrisonburg.
But in late August, someone at the office contacted police after a worker came across a familiar name on a registration form -- the name of the late father of a Virginia 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 said.
Spieles confessed to preparing all 18 of the fraudulent registration forms from information he obtained in "walk sheets" provided to him by the Virginia Democratic Party. He also added that no one else participated in the crime.
Though Spieles' crime is punishable up to a year in prison and a 100,000 fine, he was able to limit his sentence to 100 days in jail by reaching a plea agreement with Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeb Terrien, according to a EAGNews.org.