Politics

Trump Staffer Found Guilty Of Voter Fraud For 2012 Race

| by Ray Brown

A staffer for President-elect Donald Trump's campaign in Michigan was found guilty of voter fraud in relation to an unrelated 2012 race.

Brandon Hall, 27, was a volunteer for former judicial candidate Chris Houtaling in 2012 and, in a rush to meet a filing deadline, filled in fake signatures with different colored pens and his non-writing hand, according to court testimony reported by the Grand Haven Tribune.

Hall worked with another volunteer, Zachary Savage, and was reportedly encouraged by Houtaling himself, who said he didn't care how the signatures were obtained and even handed the two young volunteers signature forms from a 2010 race.

An Ottawa County jury found Hall guilty on 10 counts of voter fraud and he faces up to five years in prison. Sentencing is set for Dec. 27.

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Trump often spoke about voter fraud while on the campaign trail and recently made an unsubstantiated claim on Twitter that “millions of people” voted illegally.

And the revelation that one of Trump's own campaign staffers has been convicted of voter fraud gave fuel for his critics, including the demand for a recount in Michigan, a state he won by just over 10,000 votes, according to The New York Times' vote totals.

“Donald Trump has made claim after claim calling the integrity of the election into question, but his Michigan campaign had no problem hiring a staff member facing election law charges,” Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan, said following Hall’s conviction, reported the Grand Haven Tribune. “The fact that the Trump campaign and the Michigan Republican Party embraced Brandon Hall is just one more reason to recount and audit the vote in Michigan.”

Sources: Grand Haven Tribune, The New York Times, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Photo credit: Brandon Hall/Facebook

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