A grand jury on Thursday accused former state Senate candidate Carlos Villanueva of illegally applying for absentee ballots in the names of three dead people in 2014.
In an interview, Villanueva said he didn’t break the law and will plead not guilty.
He was simply testing the election system, he said, to make sure safeguards were in place to prevent people from voting under the names of dead people. Election officials should have flagged the requests and refused to mail the ballots, he said.
“I would never do anything criminal,” Villanueva said. “That is not me.”