General Gansler Obtains Restraining Order to Halt the Distribution
of Fraudulent Campaign Ballot
MD ( September 7, 2010) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler
today obtained a restraining order in Prince George's County Circuit
Court to halt the distribution of a fraudulent and deceptive campaign
ballot that was handed out to voters in Prince George's County over
the Labor Day weekend.
Prince George's County
Circuit Court Judge Larnzell Martin found there was sufficient
evidence of violations of State elections
law by circulating fraudulent and legally non-compliant campaign
materials and that, "immediate, substantial, and irreparable
harm.....will result if such violations were to continue." Judge
Martin also ordered the Prince George's County Sheriff to enforce
the restraining order, investigate this matter, and cooperate with
the Attorney General and other law enforcement agencies.
"This type of elections shenanigans undermines the integrity
of the electoral process," said Attorney General Gansler. "A
number of people contacted my office to report this outrageous
and blatantly illegal handout. Instances of voter fraud create
cynicism among voters and lead to suppression in voter turnout.
Elections in Prince George's County and throughout the State of
Maryland must be conducted in an above board, transparent, and
fair manner. Attempts to mislead and deceive voters will be acted
upon swiftly by my office."
The Office of Attorney
General received complaints alleging fraudulent election practices
occurring in Prince George's County in connection
with the September 14, 2010 Democratic primary election. Specifically,
the complaints concerned a purported Democratic sample ballot that
was being distributed within the county. The complaints reported
that the fraudulent sample ballot was sent by US mail to registered
Democrats in the 26th Legislative District and also was being distributed
at the early voting center at the Oxon Hill library. The fraudulent
sample ballot contains a statement that it is, "By Authority,
Citizens for Change, Charles Summers, Treasurer," but no such
entity with the identified treasurer is registered and in good
standing with either the State Department of Assessments and Taxation
or the State Elections Board.
here for a copy
of the signed injunction and fraudulent sample ballot.