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Former NYC election official pleads guilty to 2021 voter fraud

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ALBANY, NY — A former Republican county election commissioner in upstate New York pleaded guilty Wednesday to requesting mail-in ballots on behalf of other registered voters.

Jason Schofield, originally from Troy, resigned from the Rensselaer County Board of Elections last month. He admitted that in 2021, he unlawfully used voters’ names and dates of birth in connection with 12 absentee ballot applications he submitted electronically to the Electoral Voter Absentee Application Portal. New York State, according to federal prosecutors.

Schofield, 43, admitted to falsely certifying that he was the voter requesting each mail-in ballot.

A mail-in ballot box at the Albany County Board of Elections in Albany, NY on June 30, 2020.Dossier Hans Pennink / AP

When Schofield was initially arraigned in September, his attorney said Schofield maintained he was innocent of the charges in 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 supervised release of up to three years on each count.

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