BREAKING: Woman charged with paying people $50 to vote in Hoboken election

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HOBOKEN — People have long discussed potential voter fraud in Hudson County, New Jersey elections, but investigations going back years have rarely borne fruit, even when allegations were reported to authorities and covered in-depth by the Hoboken Reporter and other local media outlets (see links below).
But on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged a Hoboken woman, Lizaida Camisa, with paying voters $50 to submit vote-by-mail applications in a 2013 election, and allegedly instructing them how to vote.
While the USAO’s release went out of its way not to specify the campaign(s) for whom the woman worked, an earlier story about vote-by-mail fraud, published here in the Hoboken Reporter in 2014, noted that the same woman had testified in early 2014 (four years ago) in connection with a local referendum regarding ending rent control in town, for starts. The story discusses similar activity in other campaigns.
Who, specifically, was she working for, and where did the money come from? As this news just broke, we will be updating this story in more depth over the next few days.
But to read about the history of this alleged scheme in Hoboken, click the second link above OR post this into your browser: http://hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/24627525/article-Hoboken-s-legacy-of-vote-by-mail-schemes–Rent-control-referendum-results-stand–and-shed-light-on-dubious-election-pastime–?instance=latest_story
This charge marks the first public charge or indictment for voter fraud in Hoboken in 21 years, since back in 1997 when a longtime Hoboken councilman was indicted for allegedly paying voters $40, via his campaign, in connection with their absentee ballots, but the indictment was later dropped. However, it has been common for years in Hoboken for campaigns to visit elderly residents and persuade them to vote by mail. It’s also been common to pay workers $40 or $50 on election day to “get out the vote.” In the past, those workers have sometimes been questioned afterward to make sure they voted, themselves.
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