Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska lawmaker faces charges of voter misconduct and interference with voting stemming from elections in 2014 and 2018.
State prosecutors announced the charges against Anchorage Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux on Friday. Charges also were filed against Lisa Simpson, described in charging documents as a former chief of staff to LeDoux, and Caden Vaught, an adult son of Simpson.
The state began investigating LeDoux after the Division of Elections reported ballot irregularities in her House race during the 2018 primary. Voter records from past elections were reviewed as part of the investigation and text messages to and from LeDoux and others were obtained through search warrants, according to documents filed by the Department of Law.
LeDoux, amid questions after the 2018 primary, said she has “never looked for ways to manufacture votes.”
“In this day and age of voter verification, that would be absurd,” she said at the time.
A news conference announcing the charges was held in Anchorage Friday, while the House was in session in Juneau. LeDoux was at the House.