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Another Republican Convicted for Vote Fraud

May 29, 2018 (Fayetteville, NC) — Wednesday, November 9, 2016, was a perfect day for a registered Republican named Roger Adam Herres to execute a brilliant public relations ploy by pleading guilty to both voter fraud and voter registration fraud in a Hoke County courtroom.

With some help from a high-powered criminal defense attorney, H. Gerald Beaver, Mr. Herres settled his case less than 24 hours after Donald J. Trump had pulled off one of the most stunning presidential election victories in US history, so nobody really cared about this local item in the police blotter.

Picking that date to plead guilty is why YOU never heard about this case. In fact, we only learned of it recently and I’d lay odds at around a million to one that today’s post if the first time anybody outside of North Carolina ever knew anything about his two felony convictions, even though they’re only the third and fourth garnered by the hard work of citizen auditors in Voter Integrity Project’s 2013 project called FLANC.

According to our analysis of Florida and North Carolina voter rolls, Mr. Herres appeared to have voted in the two states for both the 2008 and 2012 November elections, but record-retention laws meant the physical evidence of his 2008 votes were destroyed 22 months after that election, meaning prosecution was impossible after September of 2010.

What if Your Government . . . Like . . . Cared About Vote Fraud?

Mr. Herres would have gotten away with (what appeared to be) his 2008 crime if he had not committed the same crime again in 2012. In 2008, election officials didn’t bother looking into the records and concerned citizens were still unable to mount a response to ACORN’s growing convictions of voter registration fraud.

By 2012, our election officials still didn’t care, but VIP had shown the world what happens when you can pull together a team of engineers, computer programmers, and financial crime auditors. In addition to finding nearly 30,000 deceased voters still registered in North Carolina, we developed a few ways to catch people in the act of committing voter fraud . . . but that’s enough crowing for one day.

These court records reveal that a Hoke County grand jury indicted Mr. Herres September 21, 2015, first on the count of registering in NC in 2007, while remaining registered in Hillsborough County, Florida. This is a violation of NCGS § 163-275(1) [Revised to § 163A-1389(1)] and is punishable by up to 15 months in jail. It is rarely prosecuted because most people are not to blame. They are often told that election officials will “automatically” remove them from their previous address, so we get it. But the second count indicted Mr. Herres for violating NCGS § 163-275(7) [Revised to § 163A-1389(7)], making it a felony to intentionally vote more than once, punishable by up to 24 months in jail. Committing the second crime is probably what made the first one worth punishing.

In legal terms, the combined 39-month sentence will not be an “active” one. In plain English, he will not serve jail time. This is because both crimes are the lowest level of felony in North Carolina’s criminal statute. He was sentenced to pay a $300 fine, a $200 court fee, a $5 “sheriff fee,” and a $40/month probation supervision fee for each of 12 months of probation he must serve.

With penalties this low, it’s a wonder more people don’t commit this type of crime. By the way, did you know that, under NC law, stealing a bale of pine straw carries a higher penalty than for stealing an election?

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Click here to see the Hoke County court records, including the grand jury indictment of Mr. Herres,

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