Man pleads guilty to voter fraud in Nevada

Published: Jun. 22, 2018 at 2:03 PM PDT
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A Las Vegas man has pleaded guilty to one count of Misconduct in Signing, Filing, or Altering Petition, a category “D” felony.

According to the Nevada Attorney General's Office and Secretary of State's Office, 48-year-old Patrick Duffy falsified signatures on petitions to qualify the Nevada Green Party for general election ballot access in 2016, then submitted those falsified petitions to be filed. While submitting those petitions, Duffy swore under penalty of perjury that the signatures were legitimate.

“Protecting the integrity of the elections process from voter fraud and ensuring that the will of Nevadans is heard remains a priority for my office and this state,” said Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

“Ensuring the integrity of the petition process is a very important responsibility of this office,” says Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske. “Those individuals and entities that participate in the gathering of voter’s signatures on petitions must be diligent in their adherence to the law. Falsifying a signature on a petition is a category “D” felony.”

Duffy is due to be sentenced October 17, 2018.

In 2017, the Nevada Attorney General’s Fraud Unit prosecuted Renaldo Johnson for similar conduct. Johnson has also pleaded guilty to Misconduct in Signing, Filing, or Altering Petition. He also has not yet been sentenced.

To file a complaint about someone suspected of committing a fraud,