Student who registered dead people to vote jailed

James Madison University student Andrew J. Spieles, 21, of Harrisonburg, pleaded guilty Monday to the charge of registering the names of 18 dead people to vote in Virginia. On Monday, he was sentenced to serve at least 100 days in prison. Spieles’ conviction proves that voter fraud is real.

According to a report from CBS 6 WTVR, acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle stated that Andrew J. Spiels worked for a Democrat-affiliated organization known as Harrisonburg Votes at the time he committed the crime.

“In July 2016 Spieles’ job was to register as many voters as possible and reported to Democratic Campaign headquarters in Harrisonburg,” a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson said. “In August 2016, Spieles was directed to combine his registration numbers with those of another individual because their respective territories overlapped. 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. Every Thursday an employee/volunteer hand-delivered the paper copies of the registration forms to the Registrar’s Office in Harrisonburg.”

Spieles’ gig was up when he tried to register the name of the deceased father of a nearby county judge, and a staffer at the registrar’s office recognized it. A subsequent investigation at the registrar’s office quickly uncovered numerous instances of “similarly falsified forms.”

“Some were in the names of deceased individuals while others bore incorrect middle names, birth dates, and social security numbers,” the spokesperson said. “The Registrar’s Office learned that the individuals named in these forms had not in fact submitted the new voter registrations. The assistant registrar’s personal knowledge of the names of some of the individuals named in the falsified documents facilitated the detection of the crime.”

According to the spokesperson, Spieles later admitted that he had falsified the voter registrations forms by getting hold of the name, age and address of persons from “walk sheets” he got from the Virginia Democratic Party. He used the information to falsify birth dates and social security numbers.

“Spieles admitted that he created all 18 fraudulent forms himself and that no one else participated in the crime,” said the spokesperson.

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