A Virginia-college student will be spending at least 100 days in jail, after registering deceased voters for the Democratic party. James Madison University, 21-year-old-student Andrew J. Spieles pleaded guilty to submitting names of deceased people to the Registrar’s Office on Monday, at the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
He was caught when a person at the Registrar’s Office recognized one of the submitted names; Spieles had used the name of a Rockingham County Judge’s deceased father. From there, multiple occurrences of fraudulent, registration forms were identified.
Under his plea agreement, Spieles will be spending anywhere from 100 to 120 days in jail.
Spieles was paid to register voters before the 2016 election and began working on this task for Harrisonburg Votes (a Democrat-affiliated organization) during summer 2016.
A US Attorney’s Office spokesperson explained, “In August 2016, Spieles was directed to combine his registration numbers with those of another individual because their respective territories overlapped. After filling out a registration form for a voter, Spieles entered the information into a computer system used by the Virginia Democratic Party to track information such as name, age, address and political affiliation.”
Spieles “admitted that he prepared the false, voter-registration forms by obtaining the name, age, and address of individuals from ‘walk sheets’ provided to him by the Virginia Democratic Party, fabricating a birth date based on the ages listed in the walk sheet and fabricating the social-security numbers,” the spokesperson added. In total, Spieles admitted to creating 18, fraudulent, registration forms on his own and maintains no one else was involved.
In addition to documents baring the names of deceased individuals, the Registrar’s Office also uncovered instances of these phony, registration forms where incorrect, birth dates and middle names or fake, social-security numbers were used. The spokesperson explained the Registrar’s Office eventually discovered these people had not, in fact, submitted new, registration forms—and Spieles was registering deceased individuals.
In addition to using the names of dead voters, Spieles also made up phony social security numbers, fake birth dates and purposely used incorrect, middle names; he practically invented the people he was registering.