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Press Release

Rep. LeDoux and two others charged with voter misconduct

March 13, 2020

(Anchorage, AK) – Attorney General Kevin G. Clarkson today announced criminal charges filed against Representative Gabrielle LeDoux, Lisa (Vaught) Simpson, and Caden Vaught for voter misconduct. These charges stem from the investigation that was started in 2018 after the Division of Elections identified some irregularities in some of the absentee ballot applications and absentee ballots returned for the primary election for House District 15.

“I commend the Division of Elections on its speedy identification of issues in 2018 and the work of all the law enforcement agencies—federal and state—that reviewed countless documents to bring us the evidence needed to file these charges,” said Attorney General Clarkson. “I know these charges won’t answer all the questions that have been floating around since the House District issues first arose. Right now we are focused on the criminal charges we feel we can ethically file based on the evidence. Once the criminal process has played out, we can share more information about the investigation and what it revealed. For now, I want to focus on the good work by all involved in the investigation and assure the public that this illustrates how the process is supposed to work. The integrity of elections is of the utmost importance, and these charges show how seriously we take any actions that seek to compromise elections.”

The charges involve alleged conduct that took place in both the 2018 primary and general elections. According to charging documents, Representative LeDoux, Ms. Simpson, and Mr. Vaught allegedly as principles and accomplices knowingly provided false information on voter registration forms to show a residence address in House District 15, when there is evidence that Ms. Simpson and Mr. Vaught were not living, and had no intent to live, at the addresses provided at the time of the election. The charging documents also allege that Representative LeDoux solicited a similar action by other individuals in 2014 in order to ensure they could vote in the House District 15 election.

The charges are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the defendants could face a maximum of 5 years in prison. Because this is a summons and not an arrest, a grand jury must be convened within 20 days of the first appearance in court. The court has not yet set a date for the first appearance.

CONTACT: Deputy Attorney General John Skidmore at 907-269-5100 or john.skidmore@alaska.gov.

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Department Media Contact: Assistant Attorney General Maria Bahr at (907) 269-5285 or maria.bahr@alaska.gov.