Skip to comments.Voter ID cause furthered by Philadelphia fraud report
Posted on 07/20/2012 8:49:02 PM PDT by neverdem
Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt
At a time when voter ID laws in 30 states are coming under intense fire from the liberal media, the Obama administration and civil rights leaders, one of the strongest cases anywhere was offered for voter identification by the lone Republican on the three-member panel overseeing elections in Philadelphia.
Wednesday, City Commissioner Al Schmidt unveiled a 27 page report that his office had commissioned entitled Voting Irregularities in Philadelphia County, 2012 Primary Election. The report, which focused on cases in 15 of the citys 1,687 election districts, found cases of double voting, voter impersonation, voting by non-citizens, and 23 cases of people who were unregistered to vote but nonetheless permitted to do so.
Almost as soon as the 40-year-old Schmidt released the report at a news conference, his two fellow commissioners both Democrats denounced its findings. Insisting that its findings did not document a problem with voting city-wise, Commission Chairman Stephanie Singer branded the report a stunt.
I just told folks something that they would not have heard otherwise, Schmidt told Human Events shortly after his news conference.
The Republican commissioner insisted that his report of voter irregularity in Philadelphia was not initiated to make a case for the Keystone States voter ID law, which requires voters to present a valid photo identification to receive the ballot. Democrats including Singer and numerous liberal outlets have called for legal action to thwart implementation of the law. The American Civil Liberties Union recently filed a lawsuit, claiming that Pennsylvanias law violates the state constitution by depriving certain citizens of their right to vote.
The courts should listen and issue an injunction that prevents the enforcement of this law before the November election, said an editorial from the Washington Post last week.
AUDIO: Listen to Managing Editor Adam Tragones interview with Mr. Schmidt
00:00/ 00:00 Adam Tragone Interviews Al Schmidt "Adam Tragone Interviews Al Schmidt" Schmidt, who holds a doctorate in political history and is a performance auditor by trade, was elected to the minority spot on the commission last fall as a reformer. Among those who backed him over the candidate of Philadelphias GOP establishment was Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). Asked if he would see that voter ID is enforced, Schmidt replied to us without hesitation: Its the law. Our office will be letting people know that its the law, and we will see that every vote is counted and every vote counts in an honest election. That means to do what we can to see that people who lack a photo ID obtain the proper identification and can vote. And in an urban setting, thats impressive.
The report by Schmidts office on voter irregularities makes clear that due to the size of the electorate (1,029,307 registered voters in Philadelphia County) and the volume of documentation associated with the election (3,374 Poll Books; 3,467 Voting Machine Tapes; and 1,687 Clerk Books, etc.) we did not set out to quantify the magnitude of voting irregularities that occurred, but rather to analyze them in detail.
Nevertheless, we identified hundreds of cases of voting irregularities (in select precincts) that warrant further investigation.
Among the more striking cases of fraud or at the least, negligence by election officials was that of 150 Voter Slips citywide form the 2012 primary. Twenty-three of these Voter Slips came from individuals who were not registered to vote at the time of the election but voted on the Voting Machine.
The report also includes documentation and reports of votes by members of one party incorrectly cast in the other. Since these votes were cast on machines, the report concludes, they were included in the Certified Election Results, thus impacting the vote totals for multiple races throughout Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.
In one of the most widely reported, and clearly egregious, stories out of the report on voter impersonation, a man named Joseph Cheeseboro was registered to vote in Oct. 1990 on an address in South Philadelphia that is now a vacant lot. In November 2003, Joseph J. Cheeseborough was registered to vote from a different address that is actually a 7-11 store. The signatures on the applications of 1990 and 2003 are different in both handwriting and spelling, thus making Mr. Cheeseboro or Cheeseborough a victim of voter impersonation.
If the reaction from Democrats such as Stephanie Singer are any sign of things to come, what is fast becoming known as the Schmidt Report may well be a topic of controversy for weeks and months to come. And yet, it may also lead to serious reforms and stronger enforcement in honest voting that will be studied and replicated nationwide.
For his part, Al Schmidt stands by what was in his report. As to the charges of selective investigation, he told us, Every vote that is irregular affects the outcome. If you dont look for something, you dont find it. We found voter fraud unequivocally.
FYI Voter Fraud in PA...
IIRC Fox news has one reporter who just covers voter fraud: contact email@example.com
And those committing this voter fraud will be arrested, put in jail, assessed a heavy fine and removed from any position wielding political influence in the future....... the same day that Barney Frank goes straight.
Philadelphia and Fraud are synonyms.
In my opinion vote fraud should be a Capital offense. It is a direct attack in the entire body politic and should be treated as such.
A few public hangings would bring it to a rapid halt.
He eventually will "go straight", the question is will it be straight to jail or straight to some place else (whence he shall not return)?
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No, you see, the existence of fraud just shows how much trouble minorities have voting correctly and just how much of a racist you and I are. Yep, you got that right. If some po’ folks don’t vote Democrat in Philly, I might just as well have burned a cross on their lawn.
Probably made Senator
Here’s some trivia for you. THe actual person who got O senate seat, after the BLANK=O fiasco, was recieving five thousand dollars a month from Loop Enterprise. Loop was involved in a Pay for Play scheme in Philly. The main witness conveniently died before going to trial...Name Street rings a bell, but I can’t remember which player he was....any way Loop was partly owned by Crain Robinson...MO’s Bro.....so as I said they’ll probably be appointed to Senate or somethings.
No wonder the corruption in Afghanistan doesn’t even raise an eyebrow.
The Philadelphia voters are just a little more enthusiastic than the rest of the country. The bad olden days when a precinct could report 105% turnout are over. Using sophisticated computers, Philadelphia election officials can now keep it down to a more reasonable 99.8%.
As far as the absentee registered defunct voters go, just because the Republicans ignore them is no reason for the Democrats to do so. (1)They are absent. (2)The Democrats know how they voted before the Dirt Nap, why would they change their minds now? The illegals voting is not true at all, ¿No hay algo qué no entiendas, gringa? However, legal aliens have been voting for years here, why not illegals?
Why pick on Philly, anyway? Madison WI just reported 119% turn out in the Walker Recall. This Schmidt should move to Wisconsin and leave the City of Brotherly Love alone!
Are you suggesting that Satan will get Barney in the end?
Here’s a taste of CHicago
Are you suggesting that Satan will get Barney in the end?
Turning point for IN was when two D in same Lake County, East Chicago primary race turned the other side in for voter fraud...both convicted. Their methods came out in discovery.
Then Indianapolis lost sixty ballot boxes for a couple of days...Had 110 turn out when returned although it didn’t match the voter registration cards number....That embarassment reported in national papers got our SoS attention.
How gratifying that an SoS can be embarrassed! Now, all he has to do is realize that what Obama got from the Hawaiian DOH ain't what he showed the world. IOW, the SoS should take the SoB off the ballot.
Speaking of fraud, Ed Rendell former Gov of PA is a passed master at it. He stole PA right out from under GW's nose. Dick Daley, Donna Brazile, et al actually brag about it. Donna says, "Get me close baby, I'll do the rest!"
Beyond doubt, there is a straight line to his final destination...
Wisconsin ping — Voter fraud in PA — same thing happens in WI
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Yes, but he already has him. He is just waiting to close the deal.
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