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Article by Bryan Howard
May 22, 2020
On Thursday, a former Judge of Elections in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to illegally adding votes to Democrats by stuffing ballots. This was announced by United States Attorney William M. McSwain in a public announcement to the nation.
The former Judge of Elections Domenick DeMuro, 73 was paid by Democrats to stuff ballots in order to get Democrats a victory. These payments were made by cash or checks.
The Department of Justice noted, “During 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. 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.”
According to the statement, DeMuro pleaded guilty to “a 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 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).”
McSwain noted DeMuro’s role centered around “overseeing the entire election process and voter activities of his or her division” and ensuring that election results are accurate and untainted.
McSwain said, “Our election system relies on the honesty and the integrity of its election officials. If 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.”
McSwain stated, “After 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 upvotes, for the consultant’s clients and preferred candidates thereby diluting and distorting the ballots that were cast by actual voters. DeMuro 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.”
“In 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,” McSwain said. “Now 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 DeMuro’s 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.”