‘Utterly reprehensible conduct’: Pennsylvania election official charged with voter fraud

Even as President Donald Trump denounces mail-in voting options as an invitation for voter fraud, evidence surfaced this week that elections are already ripe for corruption.

According to a new Department of Justice (DOJ) report, former Philadelphia-area Judge of Elections Domenick DeMuro was caught stuffing ballot boxes for Democratic judiciary candidates, Breitbart reported Thursday. He has pleaded guilty to the charges against him.

“Voting over and over”

According to the DOJ, the fraud took place in primary elections between 2014 and 2016, during which time investigators say DeMuro was completing ballots on behalf of a political consultant’s clients.

He reportedly received fees from the consultant in exchange for placing additional votes for specific candidates into ballot boxes. U.S. Attorney William McSwain laid out the Justice Department’s claims in the statement released this week.

“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,” McSwain said in the DOJ’s statement.

He went on to denounce the “utterly reprehensible conduct” described in the report.

“The charges announced today do not erase what he did, but they do ensure that he is held to account for those actions,” McSwain added.

“Failure of the Obama Justice Department”

Efforts to investigate and prosecute suspected instances of voter fraud is a refreshing departure from the previous administration, according to Christian Adams, the president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation.

“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, according to Breitbart.

He added his belief that U.S. Attorney General William Barr should pressure “other offices to do their duty and prosecute known election crimes” elsewhere across the country. This news comes in an election year about which many Americans — including Trump — have expressed concerns of possible voter fraud.

“State of Nevada ‘thinks’ that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S.,” the president tweeted this week, according to The Guardian. “They can’t! If they do, ‘I think’ I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections.”

Whether ballots are submitted by mail or in person, however, it is clear voters and elected officials must remain vigilant to ensure the results are reliable and accurate.

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