Friday’s civil court judge found that four illegal votes were cast in support of Councilman Isaac Galvan. He won the June 2021 municipal election in Compton with one vote. A court filing also revealed that Galvan’s opponent for the Compton’s Second Council District race was the real winner.
Michelle Williams Court of the LA Superior Court found that Andre Spicer (the candidate who challenged the election results) was the one elected after subtracting illegal votes from Galvan.
“I’m elated,”Spicer spoke to NBCLA late Friday.
“I’m grateful to the judicial system,”He said. “This is something we’ve been fighting hard for — for the last 11 months.”
Spicer stated that there are rumors of voter fraud in Compton for years and expressed concern about the community’s loss of faith in voting.
“I think this helps to get us engaged again,”He said. “It’s just a relief for the entire city to expose it, and hopefully, rid ourselves of it.”
Spicer’s appointment was not clear at the time, as it was unclear when Spicer would be able to take office following the judge’s ruling.
Galvan was already facing criminal prosecutions for conspiracy to commit fraud in an election and one count of bribery to influence an electoral election. These were alleged to be related to the 2021 election.
Galvan and five other LA County District Attorney’s Office were charged last August. They accused four others of registering and casting their votes in Compton, despite the fact that they resided outside the city.
“Galvan is also accused of trying to bribe a registrar employee as she was counting ballots on election night,”In a statement, the DA’s office stated that they had received no complaints.