Six people were arrested in California, accused of rigging a close election in favor of one of the people arrested, Authorities say.
Isaac Galvan, 34, was among six people charged with conspiracy to commit election fraud, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Friday.
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According to authorities, their actions rigged the election and overturned the rightful results in June.
Prosecutors alleged that Galvan and Jace Dawson, a former council candidate, rigged a runoff election to ensure Galvan would retain his seat as a Compton city councilman.
The election was “won” by Galvan by only one vote, authorities said.
Prosecutors say four people who didn’t live in the Los Angeles suburb registered as city voters using Dawson’s address.
They’re accused of illegally voting.
Galvan defeated challenger Andre Spicer by the narrowest possible margins: 855 to 854.
Galvan also was charged with trying to bribe a county registrar’s employee who was counting ballots on election night.
Galvan and Dawson, 34, pleaded not guilty Friday. The other four people await arraignment.
“Elections are the cornerstone of our democratic nation. We must do everything in our power to protect the integrity of the electorate process and to ensure that elections are free and fair,” county District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this article