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Fri May 22, 2020, 10:00 AM

Ex-elections judge in Philadelphia admits to taking bribes to tamper with elections

Source: The Hill

05/22/20 08:39 AM EDT

Domenick J. Demuro pleaded guilty in March to “conspiring to deprive persons of civil rights, and using interstate facilities in aid of bribery,” the Department of Justice said in a Thursday statement. He has been convicted for his “role in accepting bribes to cast fraudulent ballots and certifying false voting results” during the 2014, 2015 and 2016 primary elections in the city of Philadelphia.

Federal officials said that during the former judge’s guilty plea hearing, he admitted to accepting bribes in the form of money “and other things of value” to add ballots to increase the total number of votes for individual candidates “on the voting machines in his jurisdiction and for certifying tallies of all the ballots, including the fraudulent ballots.”

“Demuro fraudulently stuffed the ballot box by literally standing in a voting booth and voting over and over, as fast as he could, while he thought the coast was clear. 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,” U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania explained in the Thursday statement.

Demuro also said that a political consultant, who was not named by federal officials Thursday, “gave him directions and paid him money” to boost candidates for federal, state and local elections.

Read more: https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/499111-ex-elections-judge-in-philadelphia-admits-to-taking-bribes-to



The former judge’s sentencing is scheduled for June 30. He could face up to 15 years in prison.

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Reply Ex-elections judge in Philadelphia admits to taking bribes to tamper with elections (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Friday OP
truthisfreedom Friday #1
oldsoftie Friday #3
brooklynite Friday #2
3Hotdogs Friday #11
brooklynite Friday #16
bucolic_frolic Friday #4
lagomorph777 Friday #5
bucolic_frolic Friday #6
greenjar_01 Friday #13
radical noodle Friday #7
cstanleytech Friday #8
Freddie Friday #9
no_hypocrisy Friday #10
DeminPennswoods Friday #19
aggiesal Friday #12
SkatmanRoth Friday #14
Salviati Friday #15
KS Toronado Friday #17
RobinA Friday #21
KS Toronado Friday #22
not_the_one Friday #18
DeminPennswoods Friday #20

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 10:04 AM

1. Unmask this republican operative who paid him off!

UNMASK!

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #1)

Fri May 22, 2020, 10:10 AM

3. This judge is a Democrat.

So i doubt he was stuffing republican ballots. Possible i guess, if the money was right!
Of course the story is lacking a LOT of facts; who paid him? Who was he stuffing votes FOR? Was it one or more candidates?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 10:07 AM

2. I was a Ward Committman in Philadelphia in 1980....some things never change

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #2)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:04 AM

11. There was a 19th century ward healer in Philadelphia. Making a 4th of July speech,

he rose to the occasion with (paraphrased)

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin once voted here. In fact, they still vote here, today.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #11)

Fri May 22, 2020, 12:07 PM

16. The standard line was that Thomas Jefferson voted in every election until 1960...

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 10:13 AM

4. My goodness, did they just admit a hole has been found in election results in PA?

What was going on in those several small city rural counties that broke sharply for Trump in 2016? I never understood why Trump was paying attention to mostly ethnic places where people rarely vote and never move, generation after generation. A billionaire comes to town and suddenly they are all wearing MAGA hats and chanting. So what goes on in Philadelphia ...........?

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #4)

Fri May 22, 2020, 10:17 AM

5. Primaries

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #5)

Fri May 22, 2020, 10:21 AM

6. you're right

let's hope they maintain more controls for fair elections in general elections. maybe the two parties keep each other in check.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #4)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:16 AM

13. White "ethnic" enclaves in northern cities are some of the most racist places in the country

Just saying. It doesn't take much to turn them into frothing MAGA-ites. They're primed for it.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 10:32 AM

7. Multiple years

So this is unlikely to be one presidential candidate. Maybe a local office? We really need to know who was paying him and who he was pushing votes for.

In the last few years I've begun to have no faith in our election system.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 10:35 AM

8. Wonder how he did it because I imagine it's not easy otherwise the Republicans

would not work as hard to prevent people from being able to vote.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #8)

Fri May 22, 2020, 10:40 AM

9. Any Republican running for Philly mayor is a lost cause

So the “real” election is the primary and things can get ugly.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 10:47 AM

10. What is it with Pennsylvanian judges?

About a decade ago, a judge in Wilkes-Barre took bribes to channel wayward youths into a private prison.

Or is it everywhere and the judges only get caught in PA?

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #10)

Fri May 22, 2020, 12:27 PM

19. These are election judges, they have no power

outside the poll and only inside on election day.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:09 AM

12. WOW, voting in-person, has the possibility to be fraudulent? ...

We should get rid of in-person voting.

Maybe vote-by-mail? Wait, that has the possibility to be fraudulent as well?

Let's do internet voting, nobody ever hacks that! Whaaaat?

Now I know how they'll try to get rid of voting altogether.
We're screwed.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:34 AM

14. Republicans can't win unless they cheat, and there is always people ready to be paid off.

When the price is right, there will be individuals who will do the wrong thing for profit. The Republicans plan to cheat at every level in every race possible. Card check, voter ID, and purging voters is just the common ways they cheat, but good old fashion bribery is still an option.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:54 AM

15. If he actually threw elections or certified election results he knew were fraudulent...

Then 15 years in prison is getting off extremely light IMO.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 12:10 PM

17. Looks like repubs don't have a monopoly on voter fraud.

Hope a Biden WH will outlaw voting machines, appears there's always fraud problems associated with them. Vote by mail will eliminate almost all fraud, one ballot = one set of votes with paper trail.

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Response to KS Toronado (Reply #17)

Fri May 22, 2020, 12:33 PM

21. The Thing I Don't Get

Why would a Democrat stuff a ballot box in Philadelphia??

OK, a primary.

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Response to RobinA (Reply #21)

Fri May 22, 2020, 06:28 PM

22. Money talks and BS walks

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 12:27 PM

18. This is why we need to put our money where our mouth is....

$1,000,000 reward (net, as in after taxes) to ANYONE who can provide verifiable PROOF of election tampering, punishable by serving time.

It doesn't matter if it is for republicans OR democrats. Our elections are sacrosanct.

Get it out there so that the republicans KNOW that someone will drop the dime on them, and they will end up in jail.

If Putin meddles with electronic votes, SOMEONE will know about it.

If paper ballots are meddled with by someone at the USPS, SOMEONE will know about it.

For most people 1,000,000 is still a lot of money. And money talks.

Blooberg or Steyer, or both, could handle this easily.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 12:32 PM

20. Speaking as former election judge

in Philadelphia. I am appalled by this behavior. I never witnessed anything like this and there were 3 other precincts in the same poll location as mine. The other election board members should never have allowed this - and there is a minority party (in Philly it's usually a Republican) board member. The number of voters should always add up to the total number of votes recorded, it can never exceed total voters.

Because it's so heavily Democratic by voter registration, the Dem primary is often more important than the general election.

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