Well, to be completely accurate, Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro and his partner didn’t actually succeed in fraudulently registering more than 8,000 homeless people to vote without their knowledge, but they gave it one heck of a shot. Prosecutors in Los Angeles County say that Montenegro and his associate, Marcos Raul Arevalo, used three different Post Office boxes to submit more than 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications over a four-month period. While running for Mayor of Hawthorne, California, Montenegro also allegedly falsified names, address and signatures on petitions and other documents required to get on the ballot. All in all, the pair have been charged with 41 counts of various types of election fraud. (CBS Los Angeles)
Two men – including a former Hawthorne mayoral candidate – have been charged for allegedly submitting thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications on behalf of homeless people, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro, aka Mark Anthony Gonsalves, 53, allegedly submitted more than 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications between July and October 2020, according to a 41-count criminal complaint from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Montenegro also is accused of falsifying names, addresses and signatures on nomination papers under penalty of perjury to run for mayor in the city of Hawthorne.
We can just skip over the usual formalities of reminding everyone of how often we are told that voter fraud either doesn’t happen or is exceedingly rare. And to put a somewhat more optimistic angle on the story, let’s at least give Montenegro and Arevalo credit for being industrious. Assuming that they divided the “work” evenly, they had to dig up all of the names and fill out all the forms for more than one thousand imaginary voters every month between July and October. That’s a lot of scribbling to do.