ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Rensselaer County Republican Board of Elections Commissioner has been indicted. The United State Department of Justice (DOJ) said Jason Schofield, 42, of Troy, is accused of unlawfully using the names and dates of birth of voters to fraudulently apply for absentee ballots.
The indictment alleges that in 2021, Schofield applied for absentee ballots in the names of people who had no interest in voting, did not request absentee ballots, and/or did not know that Schofield was using their personal information. In some of these instances, Schofield took the absentee ballots issued to these voters, brought the ballots to the voters, and had the voters sign absentee ballot envelopes but not actually vote.
DOJ said this allowed Schofield or another person to cast votes in these voters’ names in Rensselaer County’s primary and general elections held in 2021. Schofield was arraigned on Tuesday and released pending trial.
On each of 12 counts, if convicted, Schofield would face up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to three years after he is released from prison.