A California councilman, and five of his friends, have been charged with serious crimes in what appeared to be a desperate attempt to hold on to his city council seat.
According to Fox News, Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan, who secured a victory in a special June vote-by-mail runoff election by a total of one vote, was charged with conspiracy to commit election fraud and also faces charges of bribery with intent to influence an election.
Five other individuals, who registered to vote using Galvan’s address, face similar conspiracy charges, as it turns out none of them lived at Galvan’s residence.
“While we do not have all of the details regarding the charges brought against Councilman Galvan, the City takes any charges of elections fraud extremely seriously,” Compton Mayor Emma Sharif said in a statement.
What’s going on?
Los Angeles prosecutors, according to CBSLA, determined that Galvan and former city council candidate Jace Dawson worked together to secure Galvan’s 2nd District seat.
Apparently, because of Galvan’s illegal activities, he was able to beat his opponent, Andre Spicer, by a total of one vote, winning the contest 855 — 854.
Galvan and Dawson were both also hit with bribery charges, stemming from allegations that they attempted to bribe a registrar official as she counted ballots on election night in June.
Four others, including 34-year-old Toni Morris, 48-year-old Kimberly Chaouch, 61-year-old Barry Reed, and 51-year-old Reginald Streeter, are facing election fraud charges for illegally using Galvan’s legal residence as their address in registering to vote in the election. None of the aforementioned people actually live at the address.
“Protect the integrity”
As Breitbart reported, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón issued a statement on the investigation, reiterating how important election integrity is, especially as more elections are held during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Elections are the cornerstone of our democratic nation. We must do everything in our power to protect the integrity of the electorate process and to ensure that elections are free and fair,” Gascón’s statement read.
He added: “The people of Los Angeles County expect and deserve a government that is free of political corruption at every level.”
Reportedly, both Galvan and Dawson have entered “not guilty” pleas, and are expected to return to court in mid-September.