UPDATE: Polk County woman indicted on 6 counts of voter fraud
A months-long investigation into alleged voter fraud in the August general election in Polk County, Tennessee has resulted in a six count indictment against Jo Ann Cronan.
In a news release issued by Stephen D. Crump, District Attorney General, the state alleges that Cronan paid individuals for their vote, bribing those individuals for their vote in violation of state law, according to a news release from District Attorney General's office.
Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, along with Investigator Rockholt served the arrest warrant from the Criminal Court of Polk County to Cronan. She was then was placed in custody and transported to the Polk County Justice Center.
“For too long, this sort of criminal activity has been accepted as part of life in Polk County,” said District Attorney General Crump. “It will no longer be tolerated. Every election cycle this office will be proactive and aggressive in prosecuting those who seek to influence the outcome of elections by illegal means. This is just the first prosecution to come from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's current investigation. Further evidence will be presented to the grand jury in Polk County.”
Still underway is another TBI investigation into illegal activities related to the August general election in Monroe County.
“I anticipate that evidence will be presented to the Monroe County Grand Jury in the very near future as well,” said Crump. “I want to thank the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as well as Calvin Rockholt for their hard work on this case. A person who would buy a vote is not serving the interests of a political party. They have a dangerous desire for power and control and ultimately, only serve their own selfish interests. Those who would try to buy an election should take note and recognize that we will be watching and waiting.”