Watertown Assembly Candidate Charged With Election Fraud

(Watertown) A Watertown democrat is facing felony charges for allegedly submitting fraudulent signatures in the fall race for State Assembly District 37. Jefferson County prosecutors say 31-year-old Charisse Daniels is facing one count of Election Fraud. Prosecutors filed the charge Friday and her initial appearance is scheduled for Wednesday. The allegations against Daniels first came to light in June when incumbent candidate John Jagler of Watertown found discrepancies with the signatures included in her nomination papers. Jagler says he first found the signature of a friend of his on his potential opponent’s paperwork, investigated further and found more and more people who said they never signed Daniels papers. One address was reportedly an empty lot while three other signatures were apparently duplicates. Prosecutors say Daniels was not allowed on the ballot after the state Elections Commission rejected signatures from people who said they never signed her nomination papers. According to the criminal complaint, 24 people signed affidavits stating they never signed Daniels’ nomination papers even though their names were on them. Jagler was re-elected after running unopposed.