The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today the indictment by plea agreement of former Election Judge Domenick DeMuro, 73, for being paid to “stuff” the ballot box to help Democrat candidates in the 2014, 2016, and 2018 elections in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
DeMuro’s confession outlines how he was paid by a political consulting firm which was hired by the candidates he gave fraudulent votes to.
The indictment indicates that payments ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars were paid to the company by multiple judicial campaigns, part of which became Demuro’s ( and possibly others’) compensation.
Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski remarked,
“This defendant abused his office by engaging in election fraud for profit. Today’s conviction makes it clear that the Department of Justice will do all in its power to protect the integrity of elections and maintain public confidence in all levels of elected government.”
U.S. Attorney William McSwain released a statement saying,
“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. 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.”
He explained that the investigation is ongoing writing,
“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. If even one vote is fraudulently rung up, the integrity of that election is compromised. I want the public to know that this investigation is active and ongoing, and my Office is taking every possible step that we can to ensure the integrity of the upcoming primary and general elections in the nine counties of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.”
The news is a positive sign for the integrity of the Department of Justice and FBI who are recovering from a public relations disaster due to the alleged corruption and bias that occurred during the Obama administration and into President Trump’s first term.
But the development also begs the question, how many other cities has something like this occurred in and how many other elections have been compromised?
DeMuro faces up to 15 years in prison upon sentencing.