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POLITICO: Pa. rematch could end in court (Fraudulent Absentee Ballots In Philly Burb!)
Politico ^ | DAN HIRSCHHORN

Posted on 11/01/2010 11:48:47 AM PDT by tcrlaf

MORRISVILLE, Pa.-Allegations of absentee ballot fraud are marring the final days of a competitive congressional rematch here, raising the possibility that the outcome in this suburban Philadelphia seat might be decided in a courtroom after Election Day.

The accusations coming from both Democrats and Republicans in Pennsylvania's 8th District have come to define the closing days of the contest between Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy and former congressman he defeated in 2006, Republican Mike Fizpatrick. Both camps say the other is guilty of wrongdoing tantamount to stealing an election.

For the moment, 8,000 absentee ballots have been sequestered in a Bucks County courthouse, and Republicans are challenging the validity of at least a few hundred specific votes. The county elections board is examining the ballots, but unless either candidate wins by a margin of more than 8,000 votes, the conflict could very well end up in a state courtroom.

The sniping between candidates has already begun. Fitzpatrick accuses Murphy's campaign and the Democratic Party of improperly collecting-and possibly altering-absentee ballot applications before submitting them to be counted. Murphy accuses Fitzpatrick's allies on the GOP-controlled county elections board of systematically targeting Democratic absentee votes to be thrown out.

"These aren't allegations, these are facts," Fitzpatrick said before rallying party activists in Bristol Sunday afternoon. "Congressman Murphy needs to explain why his campaign was involved in a fraudulent election scheme to funnel absentee ballots through a private post office box."

Thirty minutes later and 10 miles away at the home of a woman whose absentee vote has been challenged, Murphy countered: "My opponent's strategy of hoping people have amnesia has failed miserably, which is why he's pulled this stunt to steal hundreds, if not thousands, of votes. I don't know how he can look himself in the mirror."

Two issues are at the heart of the dispute. The first is a mailer that the state Democratic Party, in coordination with the Murphy campaign, sent voters in an effort to increase absentee voting. The mailer, while not illegal, was clearly misleading, purporting to be from a state office that doesn't exist and warning recipients that their "participation in the upcoming election may be placed in jeopardy" if they didn't return the enclosed absentee ballot application. Republicans says Democrats could havetampered with those absentee applications.

The second issue is a collection of absentee ballots that have been challenged by Republicans, most of which came from Democrats. The county elections board is allowing people whose absentee ballots were challenged to vote in person-but Democrats are worried that most people don't know their votes are being cast aside, and that time is short to make up for any lost votes in the close race.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: crime; democrats; electionfraud; mikefizpatrick; patrickmurphy; pennsylvania; philadelphia; votefraud; voterfraud
Democrats caught red-handed stealing absentee ballots, and the Local Dems blame "Voter Supression" when caught.

The key here is that Repubs have several hundred ACTUAL NAMES.

1 posted on 11/01/2010 11:48:54 AM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

Corrupt democrat politicians in Philadelphia?

Why that’s UNHEARD OF!

/s


2 posted on 11/01/2010 11:50:42 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: tcrlaf
The mailer, while not illegal, was clearly misleading, purporting to be from a state office that doesn't exist and warning recipients that their "participation in the upcoming election may be placed in jeopardy" if they didn't return the enclosed absentee ballot application.

The slime of democrats knows no bounds...

3 posted on 11/01/2010 11:59:13 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: tcrlaf
The county elections board is examining the ballots, but unless either candidate wins by a margin of more than 8,000 votes, the conflict could very well end up in a state courtroom.

But is it a RAT controlled board of elections? If so, nothing will be found out of order.

4 posted on 11/01/2010 12:01:49 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty too! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

Bucks used to be a GOP stronghold, but it’s starting to trend Rat. Fitzpatrick won before, he can win again!


5 posted on 11/01/2010 12:03:36 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

ping


6 posted on 11/01/2010 12:04:06 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: JimRed
Murphy accuses Fitzpatrick's allies on the GOP-controlled county elections board of systematically targeting Democratic absentee votes to be thrown out.
7 posted on 11/01/2010 12:06:32 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: weeder

(( ping ))


8 posted on 11/01/2010 12:06:42 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Tribune7

thanks for the ping


9 posted on 11/01/2010 12:10:28 PM PDT by GOPJ ('Power abdicates only under the stress of counter-power." Martin Buber /a Tea-nami's coming..)
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To: Tribune7; Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; ...
I must leap to the defense of the Democrat Party of Pennsylvania.

The holders of absentee ballots are acting in the name of those who are ... well ... like absent! What be wrong with that?

In regard to those registered in Philadelphia: when the British held Philadelphia during the Revolution, they destroyed the voter rolls. Those people who were disenfranchised are owed the vote! That is why they are still registered and we count their votes, and if we lose track, we count'em again. It's the Philly way..

Stand by for sensitive topic: As a key stop on the Underground Railway, and a Quaker stronghold, Phila. attracted many black residents. These people were disenfranchised for over 400 years in this country! Now, in all fairness, we allow their descendants to make up for those missed votes. Ditto womenfolk! Of course they vote more than once. They have 400 years of missed ballots to make up. This is facilitated by the Black Churches, each of which has a van fleet that delivers the patriots to precincts around town that were, or may have been, stops on the underground railroad of pre-Civil War times. Of course, this is done after a hearty breakfast, distribution of funds, and filling out more absentee ballots.

You Republicans bitch and moan about the dead. What? Do Republicans have no dead relatives? Don't you VRWC people know how your dead relatives would want to vote? Just because you wealthy tax cheats have no family spirit doesn't meant WE don't! Again, in all fairness, the dead are absent. So, we issue them absentee ballots for distribution in every precinct where the dearly departed may have lived at one time. Or driven through.

Republicans. Suppressing the vote again! When Fast Eddie registers legal aliens, you bitch and moan almost as loudly as when he gives the millions of "undocumented" workers their rights!

You people and your "One Man-One Vote" nonsense. A blatant attempt to disenfranchise Democrats! Damn you all!

Yours truly,
Donna (Just Get Me Close) Brazile

PS: The creation of "virtual" voters on the computer, and their families, and their addresses, is as the name implies, "Virtuous."

10 posted on 11/01/2010 12:23:15 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Show Picture ID. Pay a Poll Tax, Pass a Literacy and Citizenship Test in English. Then vote.)
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This is my district, PA-8 and I can tell you with all certainty that Patrick “Patlosi” Murphy is one of the biggest scumbags to walk the face of this earth. This is nothing short of out and out fraud. They were caught red handed! I saw copies of this letter sent out by a fictitious group called PAVote2010. This was paid for by the Democratic State Committee. The letter is a lie. Instead of mailing them back to the County Board of Elections they enclose a postage free business reply envelope which was addressed to a private post office box listed to none other than Patrick Murphy's campaign manager! They probably prescreened the ballots and then sent in the rat votes while discarding the others. The Bucks County Board of Elections said they had a 64% increase in rat absentee ballots in the last week for PA District 8. There was no similar increase noted in any other Congressional district in the Commonwealth. Some of these ballots were filled out in August and were held to the last minute to be mass mailed in. The fraud is just oozing!
11 posted on 11/01/2010 12:31:26 PM PDT by RU88 (Bow to no man)
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To: tcrlaf
This is a good thing, as far as I am concerned.

Give questionable elections visibility, and hopefully justice will prevail.

12 posted on 11/01/2010 12:58:49 PM PDT by topher (For handmade rosaries -- http://www.louisiana.edu/~cmh5722/rosaries4u)
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To: tcrlaf

All voter fraud cases should be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court, and let Justice Roberts sort it out, quickly.


13 posted on 11/01/2010 1:06:05 PM PDT by paul in cape
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To: tcrlaf

Don’t count the vote before the liberal judges do. :)


14 posted on 11/01/2010 1:08:49 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: RU88

Plus last I heard, Philadelphia has, as of November 2008, 1,126,768 registered voters, which is substantially larger than the number of adults living in Philadelphia, 1,082,000 (74.7% of 1,448,394 - source: US Census Bureau estimate, 2006).


15 posted on 11/01/2010 1:13:14 PM PDT by bIlluminati (Don't just hope for change, work for change in 2010.)
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To: tcrlaf
You read this and you'd think that targeting fraudulent votes to be discarded is at least as unethical as creating those fraudulent votes in the first place.

The majority in the new house has the right to delay seating of or even refusing to seat membership who were elected under a cloud of suspicion of fraudulent votes. They need to use that power.

16 posted on 11/01/2010 1:19:01 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: RU88
You citizens should just "storm the bastille." In other words, protest in mass the fraud in your district. If they saw a large group of angry people, they may/might/could/perhaps would react more favorably to your requests to desist. You never know. . . : )
17 posted on 11/01/2010 1:21:55 PM PDT by mia
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To: Vigilanteman
The majority in the new house has the right to delay seating of or even refusing to seat membership who were elected under a cloud of suspicion of fraudulent votes. They need to use that power.

Awesome advice. This should be passed on to Limbaugh and/or Hannity, Beck, O'Reilly, etc.

18 posted on 11/01/2010 1:24:20 PM PDT by mia
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To: bIlluminati

Philadelphia fraud has been costing Republicans elections for years in Pennsylvania. I’m unaware of any other instance of fraud in Bucks County but the Congressional district that I’m in, PA-8, does encompass a small portion of Northeast Philly along with the entire county of Bucks. I promise myself that if this gutter snipe tries to steal this election with absentee ballot fraud, me, and whole lot of other like minded citizens are going to be making our voices heard loud and clear, in person.


19 posted on 11/01/2010 2:07:18 PM PDT by RU88 (Bow to no man)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks tcrlaf.


20 posted on 11/01/2010 3:10:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: RU88

The silly-looking gerrymandered district also includes part of Montgomery County. Hopefully our folks are keeping an eye peeled for dirty deeds. I intend to be present for counting of absentee ballots in our voting district, but ours is PA-13.


21 posted on 11/01/2010 5:19:11 PM PDT by Think free or die
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To: tcrlaf

The shameless whores at Politico trying to muddy the waters.


22 posted on 11/01/2010 9:23:45 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: bIlluminati

Yes, and Philadelphia proper has been part of a larger shrinking trend for decades, so no reason to assume that 44,768 voting-age people have moved in since then.


23 posted on 11/02/2010 12:42:08 AM PDT by Lexinom
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