In quick response, Pennsylvania GOP’s Philadelphia area Executive Director Joe DeFelice commented on the arrest.
“This is not surprising to us in the least,” said DeFelice. “Such voter fraud and tampering has been an ongoing problem in Philadelphia for decades.”
The press release from the PA GOP was entitled, “No Kidding.”
“The Election Board is the first line in providing free and fair elections, and unfortunately, this is where we see the majority of our election-related issues.
“How can voters feel confident that their votes are being counted – and how can we ensure the integrity of any election – if we allow this type of tampering and fraud to continue in Philadelphia? And how can we curb this problem if our inspectors aren’t even allowed inside the building?,” DeFelice said.
The voter fraud issue in Pennsylvania has largely been focused on personal voter fraud and not so much on the integrity of Election Board workers. But DeFelice claims that biased opinions and corruption are rampant in Philadelphia polling places.
“Consider that in 2012 in Philadelphia, the Republican Party of PA, under my leadership, appointed 300 Minority Inspectors in divisions with few Republicans. Of the 300 Minority Inspectors, 100 were denied entry to polling places and subjected to racial intimidation despite having a Court Orders signed by President Judge Pam Dembe. National news outlets, as well as local, highlighted these stories prominently and it is this coverage that forced the General Assembly to hold election reform hearings in the State Government Committee specifically dealing with Election Board issues in Philadelphia.”
This type of voter fraud is more common across the country than impersonation fraud which is the type of crime that Voter ID laws aim to prevent.
“What today’s indictment confirms is what people who are serious about in-person election fraud have long known: actual fraud is rare, small in scale, patently obvious, and completely ineffective. Most importantly, it has nothing to do with whether voters are carrying photo IDs,” political law expert Adam Bonin told PoliticsPA.
“I’m glad to have participated with Mr. DeFelice in bipartisan efforts with Judge Dembe over the past year-plus to streamline the process for filling vacancies on election board, clarifying who has the legal right to sit on these boards, and to help ensure our elections are run safely and fairly.”