Galvan supposedly tried to bribe a registrar’s office employee using concert tickets, the Los Angeles Times reported. That employee and an election observer informed the authorities about Galvan, the report mentioned.
One of the five other defendants was Jace Dawson, 34, a former Compton council nominee who colluded with Galvan in his intention to secure the race, the City News Service report said.
Rest of the four defendants were indicted of registering to vote using Dawson’s home address even though they didn’t live there, Los Angeles County prosecutors said, according to the station. Those four defendants are charged with voting illegally, the report said.
Galvan won opponent Andre Spicer 855 to 854, according to City News Service.
At least three improper ballots were found, altering the outcome of the runoff, authorities said, according to the Times.
The Compton case was the second case in recent months in which suspects tried to meddle with the outcome of mail-in voting in Los Angeles County, the Times reported.
Last November, nearly 8,000 ballots were mailed to "fictitious, nonexistent or deceased" people for a mayoral election in Hawthorne, according to the newspaper. None of those ballots were included in the tally for that election, the report said.
Two Los Angeles men were seized in reference to with the Hawthorne case, Fox News previously reported.
"Elections are the cornerstone of our democratic nation,'' L.A. County District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement. "We must do everything in our power to protect the integrity of the electorate process and to ensure that elections are free and fair. The people of Los Angeles County expect and deserve a government that is free of political corruption at every level."
Both Galvan and Dawson were arrested Friday and led to a courtroom in handcuffs, according to the Times. They both pleaded not guilty and were freed on their own recognizance, pending additional legal action.
Galvan's future on the Compton city council wasn't directly stated.
Galvan has been associated with previous probes, including over his personal attorney allegedly receiving a hard-to-obtain cannabis permit and over allegedly arranging for an associate's wife to get a job at Compton City Hall, the Press-Telegram of Long Beach reported.
The other four defendants in the Compton case were not caught and it wasn’t instantly clear when they would appear in court, the newspaper reported.
Compton is a city of about 97,000 inhabitants, about 17 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.