Former N.Y. election official pleads guilty to 2021 ballot fraud


ALBANY, N.Y. — A former Republican county election commissioner in upstate New York. Pleaded guilty Wednesday to soliciting absentee. Ballots in the names of other registered voters.

Jason Schofield, who lives in Troy. Resigned from the Rensselaer County Board of Elections last month. According to federal prosecutors, he admitted that in 2021. He used voters’ election names and dates of birth on 12 absentee ballot applications. That he submitted to the New York State Voter. Absentee Ballot Application Request Portal.

Schofield, 43, admitted that he certified. That he was the requesting voter for each of the absentee ballots.

When Schofield was sentenced in September. His attorney said Schofield was innocent of the 12-count indictment.

Schofield is scheduled to be sentenced on May 12. He faces up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release for each count.

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