Compton Councilman Accused Of Fraud In Election He Won By 1 Vote

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Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan and 5 different radical were charged Friday with conspiring to perpetrate predetermination fraud during a June runoff to guarantee Galvan would clasp his seat.

Galvan won the predetermination by 1 vote.

Galvan, 34, was charged with conspiracy to perpetrate predetermination fraud and attempted bribery with intent to power an election.

Five different radical — Jace Dawson, 34; Kimberly Chaouch, 48; Toni Morris, 34; Barry Reed, 61; and Reginald Streeter, 51 — were charged with conspiracy to perpetrate predetermination fraud.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Galvan and Dawson, a erstwhile Compton City Council candidate, conspired to unafraid votes for Galvan to guarantee helium retained his District 2 spot connected the panel. Prosecutors besides contend Galvan tried to bribe a region registrar worker arsenic she was counting ballots connected predetermination night.

The different 4 defendants allegedly registered to ballot astatine Dawson's code successful Compton, adjacent though they didn't unrecorded there, prosecutors said. They are each accused of voting illegally successful the election.

Galvan defeated challenger Andre Spicer 855 to 854.

Galvan and Dawson are expected to beryllium arraigned Friday successful downtown Los Angeles. Court dates person not yet been acceptable for the different defendants.

"Elections are the cornerstone of our antiauthoritarian nation," District Attorney George Gascon said successful a statement. "We indispensable bash everything successful our powerfulness to support the integrity of the electorate process and to guarantee that elections are escaped and fair. The radical of Los Angeles County expect and merit a authorities that is escaped of governmental corruption astatine each level."

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