BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A metropolis councilman in Louisiana has been arrested for alleged election fraud, the state legal professional common’s workplace stated Wednesday.
Attorney General Jeff Landry stated Amite City Councilman Emanuel Zanders was arrested Tuesday on eight counts of election fraud. He was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Prison and later launched on bond, reserving information present.
In October the Tangipahoa Parish registrar of voters contacted the Secretary of State’s Office with considerations that voter registration varieties had been turned in with fraudulent info. Landry accused Zanders, town’s former mayor professional tem, of illegally registering voters at addresses in his council district at which they didn’t stay, information shops reported.
According to Attorney General Jeff Landry, Zanders allegedly informed 22 individuals to make use of the addresses of vacant tons after they registered, to be able to up the variety of individuals voting for him.
Landry stated Zanders “purposefully manipulated citizens into illegally changing their voter registrations,”
Zanders gained re-election to his council seat 206 to 187 a distinction of simply 19 votes. Landry stated his workplace began investigating after they acquired a tip.
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin joined Landry on the information convention the place he stated election fraud wouldn’t be tolerated within the state and stated he would push for Zanders’ prosecution.