Channel 6 News learned Wednesday that nearly 200 phony names have been purged from Douglas County voter files. A worker who was paid to collect the signatures was arrested for felony voter fraud.
Twenty-one-year-old Eddie Pierce of Omaha is accused of submitting 195 phony voter registrations during a drive last fall by the group Project 10,000 Voters. The nonprofit paid workers $1 a name.
If convicted, he could be sentenced to five years in prison.
Douglas County Sheriff's Department investigators found some people did not know their signatures had been forged. Other applications contained fictitious names and addresses. Deputies attempted to call people on those forms that had wrong numbers.