A wife of a prominent GOP official was found guilty this week on multiple counts of election fraud. The scheme was a months-long fraud perpetrated leading up to the 2020 elections, in which votes were illegally harvested and manipulated in an effort to interfere with the outcome of the presidential election.
According to prosecutors, the defendant, known as “Arlene D.” – the wife of the yet-to-be-identified senior-level Republican official – conspired with others to enable thousands of ballots to be cast illegally in the 2020 election with the purpose of influencing the outcome. The scheme allegedly involved the manipulation of the voting process, with Arlene D. falsely claiming that other people could vote on her behalf through her dated, legally invalid Alaskan driver’s license, and other methods.
The charges against Arlene D. included criminal possession of absentee ballots, conspiracy to commit voter fraud, and false personation at the polling place. Throughout the months-long fraud, Arlene D. knowingly engaged in a scheme to manipulate the outcome of the election by fabricating and processing ballots and voting for other individuals – allegedly as many as 3,000 in various counties across the United States.
In addition to Arlene D., the Department of Justice has identified several other individuals allegedly involved in the voter fraud scheme. These individuals, who are reportedly supporting Arlene D.’s defense, allegedly used various tactics to try and obstruct the investigation into the scheme and the chain of custody of the ballots that were processed.
Social media and various news outlets have been abuzz since the verdict of Arlene D.’s trial was announced, with many people expressing outrage at her conviction and questioning the role of her GOP official husband in the scheme. Though the identity of the GOP official has yet to be officially confirmed, reports suggest he is reportedly a member of the Alaska House of Representatives.
The conviction of Arlene D. is a major indictment of election fraud and its devastating consequences on our democracy. The fact that this scheme was allegedly led by a GOP official’s spouse illustrates how voter fraud is become a larger issue across the United States, and has been used to dangerously undermine the results of fair elections. This verdict, in conjunction with a robust election infrastructure, sends a strong message that crimes against the sanctity of the vote will be punished.