COMPTON – An ex-Compton Councilman is scheduled for a preliminary hearing August 24 on conspiracy to commit election fraud stemming from the city’s election held last June.
Former District 2 Councilman Isaac Galvan and his co-conspirator Jace Dawson where charged with conspiracy to commit election fraud last August along with four others who have previously admitted wrongdoing in registering to vote in Compton with the intent to cast votes on behalf of Galvan in the June 2021 general election.
Galvan won by one vote.
“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,” District Attorney Gascón said. “The people of Los Angeles County expect and deserve a government that is free of political corruption at every level.”
According to the criminal complaint, Galvan and Dawson, a former candidate for the Compton City Council, worked together to secure votes to ensure Galvan would retain his District 2 seat.
Four people were allegedly registered to vote at Dawson’s address in Compton, even though they didn’t live there. All four are charged with voting illegally in the election.
The election results were overturned in a civil matter filed by Galvan’s challenger when a judge found illegal votes were cast. The civil trial was crucial as it had the ability to overturn the election results, whereas the charges filed by the District Attorney would have allowed Galvan to remain in office until official action was taken by the council.
If found to be in violation of the charges Galvan and Dawson could potentially not be eligible to ever run for public office in the future.
Galvan was the first Latino elected to the city council in the city’s 134 year history but not the first to be removed from office in a controversial civil trial that has left many residents scratching their heads.
It is unknown if evidence presented during the civil suit will be used in the upcoming proceedings which are expected to last up three days.