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Rep. Stephen State SmithBy Keith Spencer
EVERETT – State Representative Stephen “Stat” Smith has admitted that he orchestrated an elaborate scheme to get votes in multiple elections in 2009 and 2010 according to documents released by the U.S. Attorney’ Office for Boston.
Smith, 57, will plead guilty to two counts of voter fraud in which absentee ballots were cast on his behalf in an attempt to defraud an election.
Smith will plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of deprivation of rights under color of law, and faces a potential prison sentence of 1 year per count. he will resign effective January 1 after admitting to the scheme, and has also agreed to not seek elected office for five years.
Smith is alleged to have cast invalid absentee ballots in support of his races for public office for voters who were ineligible or otherwise unaware of ballots being cast in their names.
Smith submitted fraudulent absentee voter applications, was able to obtain many of the ballots and cause them to be delivered to the ineligible voters. These voters would then cast ballots despite lacking any eligibility. In several situations, Smith would cast the ballots himself. For those ballots issued to unaware voters, government officials assisted Smith in intercepting the ballots prior to their delivery to the voters’ addresses.
“Fair and free elections are the foundation that this great nation was built upon. Our electoral system is unrivaled, and it is egregious that an elected member of our Commonwealth would rob his constituents of a fair and honest election,” U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said in the release.
“I want the voters of Massachusetts to know that we will continue to root out public corruption and restore confidence in our state’s political system.”
“Over the last two years, the FBI methodically uncovered a voter fraud scheme designed to strip Massachusetts voters of their right to a fair election,” said Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Division.“Representative Smith… embarked on a scheme that he knew violated the ideals of our nation and disregarded the proud history of the Commonwealth.”
Smith was a member of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Election Laws, and represents the 28th Middlesex District which includes the City of Everett and a portion of Malden.