Louisiana Democrats Get Prison Time for Vote-Buying Scheme

Two officials each received one year in prison.

  • Two Democrat Louisiana officials were sentenced to a year in prison on Wednesday for their part in orchestrating a vote-buying scheme.
  • Former Democratic Amite City, Louisiana police chief Jerry Trabona and City Councilman Kristian Hart were sentenced to one year in prison.
  • The pair were found to have violated federal election law when it was discovered that they were hiring individuals to identify voters who could be paid to vote in a requested manner.
  • By giving out sample ballots with the desired candidate’s name and number, Hart and Trabona were successful in buying votes in the 2016 and 2020 open primary and general elections.
  • Trabona made the vote-buyers sign agreements promising not to “make any overture of any kind to any voter or other person of financial award or benefit in exchange for a vote,” in an effort to bury his tracks and hide the scam.
  • To ensure the vote-buying scheme was getting a return on investment, Hart and Trabona required that the vote buyers provide a list of the voters paid and the buyers would be given up to $20 per vote.
  • Questions about potential voter fraud have plagued the last several elections, including the recent 2022 midterms.
  • In Colorado, the Secretary of State’s Office ordered a mandatory recount of results for Colorado Congressional District 3 between incumbent GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert and Democrat Adam Frisch.
  • “The results of the District 3 race reinforce the fact that every vote matters,” Secretary of State Jena Griswold said in a statement. “Colorado voters have made their voices heard, and I am ordering this recount in accordance with Colorado law to confirm the will of the voters.”