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Fraud » What is California voter fraud?
California had its primary election on June 7, 2016. As always, California officials were working to ensure there was no voter fraud in California.
There are dozens of laws covering California election fraud. These fall into four basic categories:
The most serious voter registration violations include:
These California voter registration crimes are “wobbler” violations. They can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, in the prosecutor’s discretion.
As a misdemeanor, the consequences of California voter registration fraud can include up to one year in county jail.
Felony penalties for California voter registration fraud can include 16 months or two or three years in jail. There is also the possibility of a fine in addition to or instead of imprisonment.
California includes the following crimes in its definition of election fraud:
Actual election-day fraud is almost always a straight felony in California. Consequences can include:
Additional voter fraud crimes include (but are not limited to):
If you believe someone has committed California voter or election fraud, you can file a California Voter Complaint Form with the California Secretary of State. Mail or fax the form to:
California Secretary of State
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 653-8728
If you have questions, you can also call the Secretary of State’s office at:
English: (916) 657-2166 or (800) 345-VOTE (8683)
Spanish: (800) 232-VOTA (8682).
And if you or someone you know is accused of voter fraud, we invite you to contact our California criminal defense lawyers. California’s voting laws can be confusing. Don’t let a simple mistake send you to jail when you were only trying to do your civic duty.
A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.
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