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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

By Compton Bulletin Staff

 

COMPTON—Compton District 2 Councilman Isaac Galvan won his reelection in a tight race against Andre Spicer. The vote tally in the Compton General Election in June was a margin of one vote, 855 to 854, in favor of Galvan.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office is now charging Galvan, who has been the District 2 councilperson since 2013, of cheating to get the votes he needed to beat Spicer.

The District Attorney’s Office has also alleged that Galvan tried to bribe a Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder-County Clerk employee in an attempt to influence the voting process.

Galvan is being charged with attempted bribery at election and election fraud, according to the district attorney’s complaint.

In that complaint, the district attorney’s office also alleges that Jace Dawson, who ran as a candidate for the Compton District 2 seat himself, conspired in concert with Galvan and several other individuals to help secure enough votes for the current councilmember.  

The criminal complaint also alleges that Dawson managed to get at least four people to register and vote in the June 2021 election. The named individuals in the criminal complaint did not reside or lived in Compton at the time they registered and voted. 

The individuals named in the complaint all registered to vote at Dawson’s apartment, allegedly. The D.A. 's complaint also covers multiple text message exchanges between Galvan and Dawson which seems to suggest that the District 2 councilman would reward his friend if he could help him get the votes he needed to win, allegedly.

This includes favors such as being appointed to a commissioner position and possible employment if Galvan is reelected. In regards to the attempted bribery charge, Galvan allegedly offered a county employee concert tickets as she counted ballots.        

“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 free and fair,” District Attorney Gascón said in a released statement. “The people of Los Angeles County expect and deserve a government that is free of political corruption at every level.”