An Ohio woman, who worked with a far-left community organizing group, is being locked up for 180 days after pleading guilty to multiple counts of voter registration fraud.
Rebecca Hammonds, 34, accepted a guilty plea on 14 counts of voter registration fraud this week after originally facing a total of 35, according to the Salem News. Between September and October 2015, Hammonds worked as a paid canvasser for the Ohio Organizing Collaborative. Local officials to include the sheriff’s department saw how applications included inaccuracies on the forms. Among her submitted documents, five confirmed deceased residents were offered up for new registrations.
During trial, the canvasser explained her actions by claiming she would lose her job if she did not produce. Hammonds’ public defender, Jennifer Gorby, said her actions were based on a “lack of judgment” borne out of “laziness”–but she was not operating under a quota system.
During sentencing, an offer of probation was floated between the State and Hammonds, but Judge C. Ashley Pike entered a 180-day jail term.
“I just can’t overlook this. You attempted to violate the integrity of our election process in the county,” Pike said.
The Ohio Organizing Collaborative operates in a variety of policy areas to include criminal, economic, and environmental “justice.” During the time of Hammonds’ forgeries, the OOC was taking public stances against hydraulic fracturing activity occurring throughout the state and spearheaded and effort known as the Communities United for Responsible Energy. A promotional document for the program explained that the group hoped to “connect racial, social and economic justice to environmental issues.”
Judge Pike was not very forgiving when reading Hammonds’ sentence.
“You made a mockery of our system … If 180 days doesn’t teach you a lesson, nothing will,” Pike added.
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