United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced on Thursday that
Domenick J. DeMuro, a Judge of Elections in Philadelphia, has been
charged with and pleaded guilty to stuffing ballot boxes over the course
of several years with fraudulent votes for Democrat candidates in
federal, state, and local elections.
aCLDuring his guilty plea hearing, DeMuro admitted that an unnamed
political consultant gave DeMuro directions and paid him money to
illegally add votes for certain Democratic candidates,aCY the Department
of Justice said in a statement. aCLThese candidates were individuals
running for judicial office whose campaigns had hired the consultant, as
well as other candidates for various federal, state, and local elective
offices who were preferred by this consultant for a variety of reasons.aCY
The statement said that DeMuro pleaded guilty to aCLa two-count
Information charging (1) conspiracy to deprive Philadelphia voters of
their civil rights by fraudulently stuffing the ballot boxes for
specific Democratic candidates in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary
elections, and (2) a violation of the Travel Act, which forbids the use
of any facility in interstate commerce (here, a cell phone) with the
intent to promote certain illegal activity (here, bribery).aCY
In announcing the charges, McSwain highlighted the responsibilities of DeMuroaCOs role, which primarily centered around aCLoverseeing the entire election process and voter activities of his or her divisionaCY and
ensuring that election results are accurate and untainted.
aCLOur election system relies on the honesty and the integrity of its
election officials,aCY McSwain said. aCLIf they are corrupt, the system is corrupt, which creates opportunities for election fraud and
unfortunately the counting of fake votes. Domenick DeMuro did not uphold
his duties as an election official.aCY
aCLAfter receiving payments ranging from between $300 and $5,000 per
election from the consultant, DeMuro would add fraudulent votes on the
voting machines, also known as ringing up votes, for the consultantaCOs
clients and preferred candidates thereby diluting and distorting the
ballots that were cast by actual voters,aCY McSwain **** continued.
aCLDeMuro would add these fraudulent votes to the totals during election
day and then he would later falsely certify that the voting machine
results were accurate. He would add the fraudulent votes by literally
standing in the voting booth and voting over and over and over again as
fast as he could when he thought that the coast was clear.aCY
aCLIn May 2014, DeMuro stuffed the ballot box with 27 fraudulent ballots
during the primary election. In May 2015, he padded the ballot box with
40 fraudulent votes. In 2016, it was 46 fraudulent votes,aCY McSwain said. aCLNow these numbers may sound relatively small, but they made up a
significant percentage of the total votes that were cast at the polling
place. In 2014, 118 total ballots were reported in the 36th Division of
the 39th Ward. That means that DeMuroaCOs fraudulent votes accounted for
over 22% of the total voting in that division in 2014. In 2015, his
fraud accounted for over 15% of the total votes in the division. In
2016, his fraud accounted for over 17% of the votes.aCY
The news comes as Democrats across the country are pushing for mass-
scale mail-in voting for the upcoming elections. Many top officials have serious concerns about mail-in voting due to the opportunity that it
allegedly creates for fraud.
Between 2012 and 2018, 28.3 million mail-in ballots remain unaccounted
for, according to data from the federal Election Assistance Commission.
The missing ballots amount to nearly one in five of all absentee ballots
and ballots mailed to voters residing in states that do elections
exclusively by mail.
States and local authorities simply have no idea what happened to
these ballots since they were mailed aCo and the figure of 28 million
missing ballots is likely even higher because some areas in the country, notably Chicago, did not respond to the federal agencyaCOs survey
Watchdog groups say that the sheer volume of unaccounted for mail-in
ballots create serious concerns about election security and being able
to guarantee that elections are conducted with integrity.
In 2018, Texas law enforcement officials arrested several women for
allegedly targeting elderly voters in 2016 in a aCLvoter fraud ringaCY that
was funded by a Democratic Party leader.
Just shocking. And just think the D's are pushing to make it purely mail-in voting.
No, really not that shocking.
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