NY GOP county election commissioner over alleged voter fraud scheme

New York

A Republican election official in an upstate New York county is accused of illegally using voter personal identification information to solicit absentee ballots allegedly used in the 2021 election, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Jason Schofield, the commissioner of the Rensselaer County Republican Board of Elections, was indicted Tuesday on charges of illegally using voters’ names and dates of birth to fraudulently solicit absentee ballots for his county’s 2021 election, prosecutors said in a news release. let go

Schofield, 42, was found to have illegally used voter information in connection with ballot applications submitted on the state election board’s website, according to the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York.

He faces 12 counts of unlawful possession and use of a means of identification, according to the indictment. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, the DOJ said in a statement.

Danielle Neroni, Schofield’s attorney, said he “continues to maintain his innocence.” CNN has reached out to the Rensselaer County Board of Elections for comment.

According to the indictment, between May and October 2021, Schofield solicited absentee ballots on behalf of people who had no interest in voting, did not vote, or sought his assistance and did not know he was using their personal information.

In some cases, he personally delivered ballots to at least four people and instructed them to sign envelopes without asking the individuals to complete the ballots themselves, the indictment alleges.

These votes were cast in the 2021 primary election, the 2021 general election, or both, the indictment says.

Schofield was arraigned Tuesday and was released on his own recognizance pending trial scheduling.