On Wednesday, a Pahrump, Nevada woman was arrested for falsifying party affiliations while registering voters for the June 14 primary.
Tina Marie Parks, 45, was employed by the conservative outreach group Engage Nevada. She helped register voters for the primary election outside of a Wal Mart and several other grocery stores.
At least three voters have come forward after the June primary and accused Parks of marking their party as Republican or nonpartisan. All three voters wanted to register as Democrats. These accusations led to an investigation conducted by Nevada’s Election Integrity Task Force with assistance from the FBI.
Due to Parks’s falsifying of voter registration forms, at least one person was not allowed to vote in the June primary at all.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, following revelation of the falsified voter registration forms, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske said in a statement:
‘Protecting an elector’s right to vote and enforcing state election laws are some of the most important duties of the secretary of state.’
Cegavske has also encouraged all voters in Pahrump — as well as those throughout Nye County — who recently registered to verify that their registration was accurate.
Parks reportedly has several previous felony drug and attempted burglary convictions, according to Shelley Neiman, chief criminal investigator for the secretary of state’s office. Because of these felony convictions, Parks did not have the right to vote at the time of the June primary. However, in addition to falsifying voter registrations, she is accused of breaking the law by trying to register herself to vote.
Parks insists that she did not have any felony convictions at the time that would have made it unlawful for her to vote. Nevertheless, she was arrested on 11 felony charges. Parks’s bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.
Parks was charged with four counts of perjury for allegedly signing four registration forms for herself. Her other charges include two counts of attempted intimidation of voters; one count of intimidation of voters; three counts of acts concerning registration of voters for allegedly falsifying registrations; and one count of prohibited acts of employees of voter registration agencies.
Based on the results of the investigation, Parks’s employment with Engage Nevada, the group that was helping to register voters, has also been brought into question. According to the Sun Herald, “Nevada law prohibits agencies from knowingly employing people whose duties include voter registration if they’ve been convicted of certain felonies involving theft or fraud.”
When questioned by the Sun Herald about hiring Parks despite her past convictions, representatives with Engage Nevada said only that they will cooperate with the investigation and that they hold their employees to the highest standards.
‘We have been registering Nevada voters since 2013, and we have employed over 250 hardworking staff throughout the state since our founding. They have participated and continue to participate in extensive training and quality control to ensure that they comply with both the letter and the spirit of the law.’