Due to the discovery of election fraud in a close race in which the winning candidate has been charged with voter fraud and bribery, an election to the Compton, California city council has been overturned.

Last year, Isaac Galvin, a member of the Compton City Council who appeared to win his seat by the tiniest of margin of one vote was charged with conspiracy to commit election fraud along with five other people.

Following an election-rigging scandal, the result has been overturned and an incumbent will be replaced by his challenger.

According to the Los Angeles Times, two-term Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan must resign so that his opponent Andre Spicer can take office. On Friday, a judge ruled that four votes cast in the 2021 election were voted by people who did not live in the council area where both candidates were running.

Galvan won a tight 855 to 854 vote victory in a runoff election in June 2021, but with those four votes disqualified, Spicer is now the winner.

In a statement to KABC-TV, Spicer said:

“I am excited, thrilled, and relieved that Judge Michelle Williams ruled in my favor, we have work so hard and tirelessly to prove our case and represent for a community who needed it the most. Today is a new beginning for not only myself but 25,000 residents that have been pleading for change.”

Galvan and several others are facing election fraud charges.

Prosecutors alleged he conspired with primary opponent Jace Dawson to have voters from outside the council district vote for him in the June runoff. He is also accused of trying to bribe election officials with concert tickets, The Times reports added.

Los Angeles County D.A. George Gascón said in a statement:

“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 fair.”

Sources: Conservativebrief, Dailymail, Latimes

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