Nine Los Angeles residents face criminal charges for using cash and cigarettes to entice homeless people to fraudulently sign voter registration forms or ballot initiatives, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“That’s an assault on our democracy,” Los Angeles Police Officer Deon Joseph told the Los Angeles Times in September.
Raising the stakes: One reason for an increase in this type of voter fraud in Los Angeles is that people can earn a higher price per signature to help qualify initiatives to get on the ballot.
Homeless people not charged: One of the charged individuals was arrested after allegedly setting up a table outside a local mission where homeless people line up for food and shelter.
The nine people charged face up to four years and eight months in prison if convicted.