Massachusetts Man Convicted of Voter Fraud in 2016 Presidential Election

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A Massachusetts man has been convicted of double voting in the 2016 presidential election.

Richard Rosen, 85, of Belmont, was convicted on a single felony count of wrongful voting.

Prosecutors say Rosen voted in the 2016 presidential election in Belmont, Massachusetts and in Holderness, New Hampshire; he owns a vacation home in Holderness.

After a three-day trial in New Hampshire, the jury found that Rosen knowingly voted in Belmont after already casting an absentee vote in the same election in Holderness, New Hampshire.

“I extend my sincere thanks to the trial team and election officials in both Holderness, New Hampshire and Belmont, Massachusetts for their assistance and cooperation in the investigation and securing this conviction,” New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella said in a press release from his office. “The Department of Justice will continue to hold accountable those individuals who commit voter fraud and attempt to take advantage of our election systems.”

A judge in Grafton Superior Court in Haverhill, New Hampshire is expected to sentence Rosen in July at a date and time to be determined. Rosen faces three-and-a-half to seven years in prison, plus a fine of $2,000, according to Patch.

The office of the New Hampshire Attorney General charged Rosen in December 2022 following a multi-year investigation using the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, s a database that tracks voter registration across many states. New Hampshire joined the program in 2017, and the office of the Attorney General found that Rosen voted in both Massachusetts in the 2016 general election.

The investigation found that Rosen had regularly double-voted — meaning he cast ballots in both municipalities — since 1996, according to MassLive.

It’s unclear who Rosen voted for in the 2016 presidential election. However, Rosen is a registered Republican in Belmont, according to the town clerk’s office, and he has made several political donations, primarily to moderate Republicans, research from NewBostonPost found.

Here is Rosen’s political donation history, according to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance and the Federal Elections Commission:


  • $500 to then-Governor Charlie Baker on May 11, 2017
  • $500 to Baker’s gubernatorial campaign on October 29, 2014
  • $500 to Richard Tisei’s congressional campaign in the Sixth District of Massachusetts on October 27, 2014
  • $500 to Richard Tisei’s congressional campaign in the Sixth District on August 1, 2012
  • $500 to then-state representative candidate Tommasina Olson on July 5, 2012
  • $250 to then-State Treasurer Steve Grossman on March 8, 2012
  • $500 to Baker’s gubernatorial campaign on September 30, 2010
  • $400 to the National Republican Congressional Committee on September 17, 2010
  • $500 to Auditor candidate Mary Connaughton on September 14, 2010
  • $75 to the Massachusetts Republican Party on March 29, 2010
  • $1,000 to Bill Weld’s U.S. Senate campaign on December 20, 1995


That’s $4,975 in donations to Republicans and the Republican Party. Grossman is the only Democrat he donated to, according to those campaign finance records. 

Rosen never donated to former President Donald Trump or First Lady Hillary Clinton. Weld was the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2016, running with former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.

Rosen also never made any political contributions in New Hampshire, according to the New Hampshire Campaign Finance System.


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