U.S. vs. Ellis Buck, Sam Brenner, Viola Doss, et al.: Indictment
Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13646: United States vs. Ellis Buck, Sam Brenner, Viola Doss, Louise Davis, Ruth Tucker, and Frances M. Eaton, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 15th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election. The indictment states that votes for the Republican presidential candidate were instead counted for other candidates, and that the defendants knew the count as recorded on tally sheets and other statements was "false, fradulent, untrue and corrupt." More than 100 votes were shifted from the Landon/Knox presidential ticket to Roosevelt/Garner, and a similar number from Paul R. Byrum to C. Jasper Bell in the 4th District Congressional race. Buck, Brenner, Doss, and Davis were acting as election judges, and Tucker and Eaton served as election clerks.