Charges announced against state representative

Charges announced against state representative

Voter misconduct and interference.

Voter misconduct charges have been filed against state Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, and two associates, the Alaska Department of Law announced Friday.

Attorney General Kevin Clarkson and Deputy Attorney General John Skidmore told reporters that summons had been issued to LeDoux and two other people, but that no arrest warrants had been issued.

“I am innocent of all charges and look forward to clearing my name in a court of law,” LeDoux wrote in an email Friday.

She said she could not comment on the details of the case because it was an ongoing legal matter.



“The filing of these charges will not answer all your or the public’s questions,” Skidmore said. “This is really just the beginning of the criminal justice process.”

The defendants have been asked to appear before a court in Anchorage next Friday, Skidmore said, and noted that suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Sitting lawmakers are immune from misdemeanor charges, Skidmore said, but the charges brought against LeDoux contain felonies that supersede that immunity.

LeDoux was charged with one Class C felony, first-degree voter misconduct and eight misdemeanors of second-degree voter misconduct and unlawful interference with voting.

The charges were made against LeDoux, Lisa Simpson and Caden Vaught. Most charges date back to 2o18, Skidmore said, but there were a few which dated back to 2014.

Voter misconduct involves the filing of false affidavits and statements on voting materials. The charges stem from Simpson and Vaught providing false information on voting materials and Ledoux and Simpson“acting as principals or accomplices” illegally registered Simpson to vote, according to court documents.

The Division of Elections notified the Alaska State Troopers of irregularities in absentee ballots for House District 15 in Anchorage where LeDoux was running for office, according to documents. Text messages obtained by law enforcement through warrants raised concerns LeDoux “solicited and/or encouraged people who did not live in her district to vote in the District 15 primary and general election in 2018 and 2014,” according to the documents.

Simpson was a friend of LeDoux’s who had previously worked as her chief of staff, according to the documents, and Vaught is Simpson’s adult son. Vaught submitted at three voter registration forms between June and September 2018, according to the documents, each listing the same house in District 15.

Simpson and Vaught both submitted voter registration forms listing addresses where records show they did not reside, according to the documents, and text messages included in the charging documents show LeDoux was both aware of the situation and encouraged them to register.

Concerns around the District 15 primary were raised in 2018 when a number of absentee ballots were requested under the names of dead people.

Each of the charges comes with its own penalties, and any sentencing resulting from a series of convictions would be up to the court to decide.

“If convicted, the defendants could face a maximum of five years in prison,” Clarkson said in a release. “Because this is a summons and not an arrest, a grand jury must be convened within 20 days of the first appearance in court.”

• Contact reporter Peter Segall at 523-2228 or psegall@juneauempire.com.

More in News

A king salmon on a line in Southeast Alaska gets pulled toward the net. The 2020 SeaBank report calls industrial logging and climate change “double jeopardy for salmon.” 
(Courtesy Photo / Bjorn Dihle)
SalmonState: ‘Alaska’s untold secret’ — The dividends paid by Southeast Alaska’s ‘Seabank’

By Mary Catharine Martin Wild salmon. Clean water. Clean air. Carbon storage.… Continue reading

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML
COVID at a Glance for Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022

Numbers come from reports from the City and Borough of Juneau Emergency… Continue reading

This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol. A commission tasked with reviewing legislative pay on Tuesday voted to raise the annual salary for Alaska lawmakers but to restrict the daily allowance lawmakers can receive. The changes will go forward unless the Legislature expressly rejects them. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
State lawmakers face proposed salary hike, allowance limits

A commission tasked with reviewing legislative pay on Tuesday voted to raise… Continue reading

It's a police car until you look closely and see the details don't quite match. (Juneau Empire File / Michael Penn)
Police calls for Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Goldbelt Transportation and Allen Marine Tours will contract with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to provide ferry service through the Southeast for the remainder of the winter, according to a news release. (Courtesy photo / Goldbelt Transportation)
Goldbelt, Allen Marine pick up winter ferry contracts

Contracts were signed this January for several winter runs to Southeast communities.

Donated blood is prepared for storage and eventual transport at the Blood Bank of Alaska's Juneau location. There is a statewide shortage of donated blood. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
‘National blood crisis’ presents challenges in Alaska

Donation centers contend with COVID, weather and other disruptions as they work to stock hospitals.

Most Read