As Judge of Elections, DeMuro was paid to oversee the election process in the 39th Ward, which encompasses Philadelphia.
DeMuro’s guilty plea states that he was paid by a political consultant to illegally add votes for particular Democrat candidates in primary judicial races. The political consultant who allegedly paid DeMuro had been hired by those Democrat candidates.
According to the indictment, the political consultant allegedly solicited payments from Democrat candidates who hired him, classifying them as “consulting fees.” The payments — which ranged from $300 to $5,000 — were then allegedly used to pay Election Board Officials, such as DeMuro, in exchange for those officials illegally adding votes for the consultants’ Democrat candidates.
DeMuro admitted that he illegally added votes for Democrats on Election Day and then certified later that the votes counted were accurate.
“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,” U.S. Attorney William McSwain said in a statement. “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.”
… and this, if proven, was vote fraud not voter impersonation. Voter ID only affects voter impersonation.
A Philadelphia judicial race is not exactly a presidential contest. This seems kind of small beer.
Well, if you ever tried to run for anything in Philly as a Republican, it wouldn’t be so unimportant to you.
Don’t the big crimes start out with people committing small potato crimes and moving up to larger crimes or is that simplifying the issue?
That’s oversimplifying the issue. Vote fraud in a local case is a ‘gateway crime’ to vote fraud in the presidential election? I doubt it.
You increase the number of co-conspirators and you increase going to jail exponentially. It is unlikely