California Council Member Arrested For Mail-In Ballot Fraud

A Democrat Lodi City Council member has been arrested for multiple election fraud charges, according to the Federalist.

Shakir Khan allegedly stashed 41 mail-in ballots at his home, falsified voter registration materials and even coerced people to vote for him.

According to investigators, body cam footage and other proof show that Khan registered 23 people to vote using his address and facilitated 47 more illegal registrations using his phone number.

The charges come from the 2020 cycle when Khan ran for the Lodi City Council and won the seat in District 4’s election.

Khan is also wrapped up in a different criminal case alleging that he and his brother engaged in money laundering, tax evasion, and fraud.

San Jaoquin County Sheriff Patrick Withrow held a press conference last week to discuss the high-profile arrest, saying that the election charges stemmed from investigations into Khan’s other schemes.

“I’m here today to inform you about an investigation … And it led to the arrest of Lodi City Council member Shakir Khan,” Withrow said before explaining that Khan’s voter fraud had no impact on state or federal elections in 2020.

“Shakir Khan has attempted to undermine, manipulate, and violate one of our most fundamental rights here in our country, and that is the right to free and fair elections,” the Sheriff continued.

The charges represent yet another hard example of voter fraud in a blue state, which has grown increasingly reliant on mail-in voting.

According to data from the Election Assistance Commission, millions of mail-in ballots are still unaccounted for from elections between 2012 and 2018.

RealClear Politics reported in 2020 that a whopping 28.3 million mail-in ballots are still missing from elections within that time frame. However, local authorities “simply have no idea” what happened to the ballots because they were mailed.

The Federalist also said Khan engaged in what is essentially ballot harvesting when he pressured residents to support him and filled out their ballots for them.

California recently approved all-mail voting for its elections in the future, becoming the eighth state to do so.