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Democrat county supervisor Trey Adkins of Virginia was arrested and indicted on 82 felony charges involving voter fraud. He serves as the Knox District Supervisor for Buchanan County.
Prosecutors say he allegedly showed up at the homes of voters with absentee ballot applications and ballots to ensure he would have their vote.
A grand jury indicted Adkins on 82 felony charges, including 34 counts of false statement and election fraud, 11 counts of absentee voting procedure violations, 11 counts of forgery of a public record, 3 counts of conspiracy to make a false statement and election fraud, and more.
Adkins’ aunt, Sherry Lynn Bailey, was also indicted for allegedly taking part in the scheme, according to local news outlet WJHL.
Bailey faces multiple counts of false statements, election fraud, conspiracy, and forgery of a public record.
More on this story via LawOfficer.com:
Adkins was under investigation by Virginia State Police for over two years. Authorities said they would have little further to release before a trial.
“The Rules of Professional Conduct prevents any lawyer participating in the prosecution of a criminal matter that may be tried to a jury from making an extrajudicial statement that the lawyer knows or should know will have a likelihood of interfering with the fairness of a trial by jury,” prosecutors released in a statement.
National File reported the grand jury alleged “Adkins has relied on an illegal absentee vote harvesting scheme since he was first elected to public office in 2011, repeating the process in his 2015 and 2019 bids for re-election.”
The report said, “Investigations have shown that the scheme included hundreds of absentee ballots per election cycle and Adkins, with the help of his aunt, is said to have personally run the operation, showing up at the homes of voters himself with absentee applications and ballots to ensure he would have their vote.”
The report noted Buchanan County is a small community, and the “margin of victory” in the elections was usually within a couple hundred votes.
In a statement, Adkins claimed, “It went on 10 years ago at one of my prior elections, my first election that I won, uh, you know, voters that voted absentee got harassed and asked various questions and had a target on their back.”
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He said he won’t be stepping down from office.