A former Judge of Elections in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been charged and pleaded guilty to illegally adding votes for Democrat candidates in judicial races in 2014, 2015, and 2016. On Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced charges against former Judge of Elections Domenick DeMuro, 73, for stuffing the ballot box for Democrats in exchange for payment by a paid political consultant.
From a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania:
The voting machines at each polling station, including DeMuro’s station, generate records in the form of a printed receipt documenting the use of each voting machine. The printed receipt, also known as the “results receipt,” shows the vote totals, and the Judge of Elections and other Election Board Officials at each polling place attest to the accuracy of machine results.
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.
The political consultant would solicit monetary payments from his clients in the form of cash or checks as “consulting fees,” and then use portions of these funds to pay Election Board Officials, including DeMuro, in return for tampering with the election results. After receiving payments ranging from between $300 to $5,000 per election from the consultant, DeMuro would add fraudulent votes on the voting machine – also known as “ringing up” votes – for the consultant’s clients and preferred candidates, thereby diluting and distorting the ballots cast by actual voters. DeMuro would add these fraudulent votes to the totals during Election Day, and then would later falsely certify that the voting machine results were accurate.
Watch U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain’s remarks addressing criminal charges brought in an election fraud case in Philadelphia below.
Consultant # I would relay instructions to defendant DOMENICK J. DEMUROvia cellular telephones capable of interstate transmissions regarding which candidates defendant DEMURO should "ring up" or add fraudulent votes to their totals during Election Day”https://t.co/W89jK93iw0 pic.twitter.com/HWMy8CLEVa— File411 (@File411) May 21, 2020
Oh brother, Philadelphia is more corrupt than we could have imagined. Today the United States Dept of Justice announced criminal charges against an election official for stuffing a ballot box with fraudulent votes to help Democratic judicial candidates.https://t.co/Iyax1PMFOt— For♥ofGod✞andCountry🇺🇸Text TRUMP to 88022 (@ForHisGlory52) May 21, 2020