Fair and honest elections are supposed to be the hallmark of a free people. What, though, if one party decides they want the power to the point that they will bribe judges, and stuff ballot boxes to hang on to what power they can, even if they are set to be voted out of office?
That is the question that many supporters of President Trump and the campaigns to ensure election integrity ask every day – and any sort of fraud on that front is regularly denied by members of the Democrat Party.
After the last week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Democrats may want to take a good look in the mirror and try again.
Last week, an election judge in the city of brotherly love pleaded guilty to federal charges of stuffing ballot boxes in primary races in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
This week President Trump’s Department of Justice announced the indictment and charging of a former Democrat Congressman, Michael Myers, with bribery for paying off the election judge to ensure a Democrat victory.
“Myers is charged with bribing Demuro to illegally add votes for certain candidates of their mutual party in primary elections,” The Department of Justice said.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Myers was involved with the Abscam scandal and served time in prison for it. After he served his time, Myers was hired by local Democrats as a consultant.
It looks like old habits die hard with Democrats who have corruption in their backgrounds, and the current Department of Justice is not hesitant to pursue election integrity, unlike previous administrations.
“Free and fair elections are the hallmark of our system of government,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Department of Justice has zero-tolerance for corruption of the electoral process, and we will spare no effort in investigating and prosecuting those who would seek an unfair advantage at the polls by bribing state and local officials responsible for ensuring the fairness of our elections.”
“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. If only one vote has been illegally rung up or fraudulently stuffed into a ballot box, the integrity of that entire election is undermined,” said U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. “Votes are not things to be purchased and democracy is not for sale. If you are a political consultant, election official, or work with the polling places in any way, I urge you to do your job honestly and faithfully. That is what the public deserves, it is what democracy demands, and it is what my office will enforce.”
“Transparent and fair elections are integral to the proper functioning of our democracy,” said Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Driscoll of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “Those who seek to corrupt the vote threaten the public’s trust in the process and must be brought to justice. The FBI is determined to protect the integrity of our electoral system.”
The question now is how often this happens in other places around the nation.
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