Former Virginia college student sentenced to jail time for registering dead voters

Former Virginia college student sentenced to jail time for registering dead voters
A recent James Madison University graduate was sentenced to 100 days in jail after pleading guilty to falsifying voter registration information. (iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Recent James Madison University graduate 21-year-old Andrew J. Spieles on Tuesday was sentenced to 100 days in jail for fabricating 18 voter registration forms in Virginia. He previously pled guilty to one count of knowingly attempting to transfer a false identification document.

Spieles was a staffer with Harrisonburg Votes, a get-out-the-vote organization associated with the Democratic Party, WSET-TV reported.

Spieles job was to register as many voters as Democrats as possible. He then had to report his numbers back to Democratic headquarters in Harrisonburg.

Once Spieles received a completed voter registration form, he would log tracking information on each person (name, age, address, and political affiliation) and file the form with the registrar’s office.

A registrar employee contacted law enforcement in Aug. 2016 when they recognized a Rockingham County judge’s deceased father on one of the forms, WSET reported.

The registrar’s office looked into other voter registration forms Spieles submitted and found similarly falsified documents. Some forms had the name of deceased people. Other forms had incorrect middle names, birth dates and social security numbers.

The assistant registrar personally knew some of the people on the registration forms, which tipped them off to a crime.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Spieles created the false voter registration forms from walk sheets the state Democratic Party provided him. He used their real name, age and address and created a fake birth date based on their ages. He also fabricated their social security numbers.

Spieles’ case was invested by the FBI and the Harrisonburg Police Department.

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