Details began to emerge yesterday about the election fraud scandal in Poughkeepsie, New York that involves Democratic Elections Commissioner Frances Knapp. Commissioner Knapp was indicted and plead not guilty to 46 felony counts and 48 misdemeanor counts of official misconduct and other charges.
The charges against Knapp go back to 2008 when Knapp allegedly created a false document to fill a vacancy in a nomination for a Democratic candidate. Knapp was also charged with illegally signing and filing a campaign finance disclosure in 2010 for her husband, Fred Knapp, a former Democratic candidate for Mayor of Poughkeepsie. The most recent charges against Commissioner Knapp come from actions Knapp took during the 2012 Republican primary for New York State Senate. Knapp allegedly illegally signed a poll watcher certificate for supporters of insurgent Republican Tea Party candidate Neil DiCarlo.
The most disturbing charges against Knapp, however, involve Knapp's involvement in absentee ballot fraud. Knapp allegedly tampered with the computer system at the Dutchess County Board of Elections to have absentee ballots sent to Democratic operatives when voters never requested the ballots be sent. Most interestingly, many of these victimized voters were residents of Maplewood Apartments, a senior living complex in Poughkeepsie.
Who is the manager of Maplewood Apartments? You guessed it... Frances Knapp.
Finally, Republican Elections Commissioner Erik Haight, the man who first alerted authorities to Commissioner Knapp's shenanigans and the hero of this story, emphatically stated that he would not authorize the expenditure of taxpayer funds to pay for Knapp's legal defense. Kudos to Commissioner Haight for standing up for taxpayers and defending everyone's right to free, fair and honest elections.