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On Thursday officials with the U.S. Justice Department announced the successful conviction of a Philadelphia judge who’d stuffed ballot boxes for certain Democrat candidates during the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Democrat primary elections.
While just a relatively small-time judge, the actions of Domenick J. DeMuro, 73, a former Judge of Elections for the 39th Ward, 36th Division in South Philadelphia, had consequences on the federal, state and local levels.
In a statement, the DOJ said that DeMuro had pleaded guilty to one count of “conspiracy to deprive Philadelphia voters of their civil rights” and one count of violating 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).”
As of Friday morning, DeMuro’s conviction had received zero coverage from any mainstream media network (including CNN), save for Fox News.
— Christopher (@chrish1028) May 21, 2020
DeMuro’s crimes were made possible because of the powers that’d been granted to him as per his position as a Judge of Elections.
“The Judge of Elections is an elective office and a paid position. In that role, DeMuro was responsible for overseeing the entire election process and voter activities of his Division. The Judge of Elections is charged with overseeing the Division’s polling place in accordance with federal and state election laws and is required to attend Election Board Training conducted by the Philadelphia City Commissioners,” the DOJ noted.
“The voting machines at each polling station, including DeMuro’s station, generate records in the form of a printed receipt documenting the use of each voting machine. The printed receipt, also known as the ‘results receipt,’ shows the vote totals, and the Judge of Elections and other Election Board Officials at each polling place attest to the accuracy of machine results.”
When pleading guilty, DeMuro reportedly admitted that an unnamed political consult had paid him to illegally boost the number of votes for certain Democrat candidates.
“These 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,” the DOJ noted.
During a press briefing Thursday, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain excoriated DeMuro for compromising the integrity of America’s elections.
“This is utterly reprehensible conduct. The charges announced today do not erase what he did, but they do ensure that he is held to account for those actions,” he said.
“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. If even one vote is fraudulently rung up, the integrity of that election is compromised. I want the public to know that this investigation is active and ongoing, and my Office is taking every possible step that we can to ensure the integrity of the upcoming primary and general elections in the nine counties of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.”
Listen to the full briefing below:
The Public Interest Legal Foundation, the brainchild of renowned attorney J. Christian Adams, a former Bush and Obama-era DOJ official, was pleased by the decision and made sure to note the difference between this administration’s handling of voter fraud and the Obama administration’s purposeful mishandling of it.
“The Trump administration’s prosecution of election fraud stands in stark contrast to the total failure of the Obama Justice Department to enforce these laws,” Adams said in a statement.
He would know. In 2010 he retired from the DOJ in objection to then-Attorney General Eric Holder’s biased handling of the infamous New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case.
“Right now, other federal prosecutors are aware of cases of double voting in federal elections as well as noncitizen voting. Attorney General William Barr should prompt those other offices to do their duty and prosecute known election crimes,” he added.
“Those who are considering election crimes should take note of U.S. Attorney McSwain’s work. Now, they have something to fear before they violate federal election laws.”
.@PILFoundation praises @USAO_EDPA @TheJusticeDept for #voterfraud indictments in #Philly. This is what Obama & Holder would never do. Thank you @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/687p1oPZVT#FlyEaglesFly #Phillies#Steelers #Pirates #Flyers @GrittyNHL @Wawa #MAGA #Philadelphia
— J. Christian Adams (@ElectionLawCtr) May 21, 2020
DeMuro’s conviction comes amid a reemergence of voter fraud concerns triggered by the Democrat Party’s insistence on pushing for mail-in voting.
National Review national-affairs reporter John Fund noted in a report earlier this month that “mail-in ballots are a recipe for confusion, coercion, and fraud.”
“Experts have long cautioned against wholesale use of mail ballots, which are cast outside the scrutiny of election officials. ‘Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud,’ was the conclusion of the bipartisan 2005 Commission on Federal Election Reform, chaired by former president Jimmy Carter and former secretary of state James Baker,” he reported.
Yet Democrats remain hellbent on implementing mail-in voting nationwide, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leading the charge:
“This becomes a health issue,” Speaker Pelosi says of including $3.6B for mail-in voting in the next coronavirus relief bill. “As we saw in Wisconsin, standing in those lines for that amount of time, going to places that are enclosed — is dangerous to your health.” pic.twitter.com/5Fx5h9SxhL
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 21, 2020
In the MSNBC clip above from Wednesday, Pelosi defended the scheme on the grounds that it’d be safer for Americans to mail in their ballots come November. She, however, failed to address any concerns about potential fraud. Of course, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell never even asked her about it.
President Donald Trump has for his part long warned about voter fraud:
No Voter Fraud! https://t.co/1hyr8jehFm
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2020
Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to state wide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it. Tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans. @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2020
I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
No debate on Election Security should go forward without first agreeing that Voter ID (Identification) must play a very strong part in any final agreement. Without Voter ID, it is all so meaningless!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2019
It seems now that his concerns were merited.