**The real travesty here is that this “pillar of society” will be permitted to run for office again after only 5 years. PATHETIC!**
An Everett state representative who reportedly agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of voter fraud has officially vacated his seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Representative Stephen “Stat” Smith, a Democrat first elected in 2006, submitted a letter Monday to Secretary of State William F. Galvin, saying that he was vacating his seat, effective Jan. 1.
Federal prosecutors allege that Smith submitted fraudulent absentee ballots in advance of municipal and state elections in 2009 and 2010.
According to a Dec. 20 statement from the US attorney’s office , Smith allegedly submitted fraudulent requests for absentee ballots, then cast those ballots on behalf of voters without their knowledge. Prosecutors say Smith also knowingly delivered absentee ballots to ineligible voters, knowing that their votes in his favor would be fraudulent.
Smith was charged with two misdemeanor counts of deprivation of rights under color of law. He faces up to two years in prison, and prosecutors will recommend a 6-month sentence, according to his plea agreement, which also requires that he vacate his seat in the Legislature and prohibits him from seeking another elected office for the next five years.