A second defendant pleaded guilty today to absentee ballot fraud in connection with the 2009 mayoral campaign of Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small, accoeding to the state Attorney General’s Office.
Ernest Storr of Linwood also pleaded guilty to committing absentee ballot fraud while working for the 2008 campaign of then-incumbent Mayor Scott Evans, according to Attorney General Paula Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor.
Another Small campaign associate, Ronald Harris, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit absentee ballot fraud on Oct. 13 of last year.
The 44-year old Storr pleaded guilty today to two counts of third-degree absentee ballot fraud before Superior Court Judge James E. Isman in Atlantic County.
According to the AG’s Office, Storr was charged in a 10-count state grand jury indictment returned on Sept. 3, 2009, which also charged Councilman Small and 12 other campaign workers and operatives. The Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau and the State Police Official Corruption Bureau South Unit took the lead in the case.
Storr pleaded guilty to one count of that indictment, as well as a single-count accusation charging him with absentee ballot fraud during the 2008 special mayoral election campaign of Evans in Atlantic City. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Storr be sentenced to a term of probation.
“In pleading guilty to the charge in the indictment, Storr admitted that, in 2009, he instructed a man associated with the Small campaign regarding how to commit absentee ballot fraud by obtaining voters’ signatures on ballot forms, voting the ballots himself, and sending them to the Board of Elections,” according to the AG’s Office. “In pleading guilty to the accusation, Storr admitted that, in 2008, while working for the Evans campaign, he tampered with absentee ballots by either voting the ballots himself or telling voters how to vote them, then sending the ballots to the Board of Elections.”
Small and the other remaining defendants are each charged with conspiracy (2nd degree), four counts of election fraud (2nd degree), absentee ballot fraud (3rd degree), tampering with public records (3rd degree), falsifying records (4th degree) and forgery (4th degree).