Connecticut State Representative Christina Ayala (D-Bridgeport) was arrested September 26 on 19 charges of voting fraud.
Ayala, who was elected in 2012 to replace her cousin, Andres Ayala, is charged with voting in districts she did not live in both local and state elections, and
fabricati[ng] evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators show[ing] she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district.
Among the charges are: eight misdemeanor counts of fraudulent voting, ten felony county of primary or enrollment violations and one felony count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Each of the felony counts carries up to five years in prison and a $500 fine.
Ethan Book, the Republican nominee for Ayala’s House District seat believes justice is following its course, saying:
She has been rather silent on many issues and not that responsive to things, even some I have brought to her as a constituent
Ayala’s mother, Santa, was also investigated by the Elections Enforcement Commission – and criminal charges were also recommended against her. It is evident dishonesty and criminal activity run rampant in this left-leaning politically active family.
As reported in the Connecticut Post, the case is being prosecuted by the Statewide Prosecution Bureau of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office, who is assisted by the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
Christina Ayala’s arraignment in state Superior Court is scheduled for October 7.