The Democratic Party was hit with another scandal this week when four Democratic members of a Philadelphia election board were charged Monday with intimidating voters, casting bogus ballots, and falsely certifying the results in their polling place during a March 21 special election for the state House’s 197th District.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the arrested Democrats are Dolores Shaw, 61; Calvin Mattox, 52; Thurman George, 57; and Wallace Hill, 60. Each of them manned the ballot machines at the Esperanza Health Center at Kensington and Allegheny Avenues in the 43rd Ward, one of the polling places where complaints about illegal electioneering were lodged.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro told reporters that these charges should “draw a very clear line ahead of next week’s election.” He added that one elderly couple, two Republicans, cast their ballots together. However, only one was recorded, while the other was replaced with a write-in vote for the Democrat in the race.
Shapiro said that when one voter tried to cast a ballot for the Green Party candidate, he was told the ballot machine was broken and later was cursed at when he returned to try again. Another person who wanted to vote for the Green Party candidate was aggressively questioned when he tried to bring someone into the polling booth to assist him, as allowed by law.
“One should not chalk these actions up to typical partisanship or typical electioneering,” Shapiro said. “These were crimes.”
Emilio Vazquez, the Democratic leader of the 43rd Ward, ended up winning this election and was sworn into office on April 5.
Philadelphia District Attorney Kelley Hodge said that the actions of this election board are “a ruthless example of why so many of our fellow citizens are skeptical and distrustful of our elections.”
“Shaw, who was a judge of elections at the polling place, faces six felonies and four misdemeanors,” the Inquirer reported. “Mattox, a minority inspector, faces six felonies and five misdemeanors. George, a machine inspector, faces five felonies and three misdemeanors. Hill, a translator, faces six felonies and four misdemeanors. They could receive prison time on the most serious charges if convicted.”
Once again, this shows that Democrats believe that they are above the law and will stop at nothing to win the election. They pay no attention to election laws and are willing to violate them just to get themselves more power.
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