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July 1, 1994 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
Five more Philadelphia political workers in the 1993 2nd District Senate race have been charged with election fraud - and in some cases forgery - and have been asked to surrender for arraignment. State Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. filed a total of 225 fraud and 20 forgery counts against the five yesterday with Philadelphia Municipal Court Bail Commmissioner Rufus S. Watson Sr. Three of those charged were trying to help Democrat William Stinson; two were trying to help Republican Bruce Marks.
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January 24, 2005 | By Leonard Pitts Jr
I don't want to hear any more about Ohio. My apologies to the Buckeye State, but I've had it up to here with overheated Internet postings purporting to prove that massive fraud swung the vote in the state that decided the election of 2004. If you haven't seen them, well . . . I'm sorry your hard drive crashed, and I hope it's fixed real soon. The rest of us have been unable to escape the nonstop conspiracy theorizing that began about 30 seconds after John Kerry conceded the election.
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November 7, 2007
Three unsuccessful candidates in the June primary election were charged this week with illegally helping disabled voters complete their absentee ballots. Lawrence James, 76, Carmella Burrell, 41, and Elaris Robinson, 74, all of Chesilhurst, were accused of assisting residents of the R & M Guest Home. James also is accused of illegally mailing absentee ballot applications and absentee ballots for the residents, the majority of whom suffer mental and medical disabilities. All three candidates are Democrats.
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February 11, 1986
Something extraordinary is happening in the Philippines, and President Ferdinand Marcos doesn't seem to know what it is. That something is not simply massive fraud in the presidential election. Mr. Marcos, like the worldwide audiences watching and reading the extensive media coverage, knows well about the vote buying, disappearing ballot boxes and intimidation that have destroyed virtually any chance that the election will reflect the wishes of the Filipino people. American and international observer teams have cited chapter and verse not only on fraud but on the inexplicable delay in counting of the ballots.
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May 13, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
As President Corazon Aquino's slate of congressional candidates headed for a sweeping victory, opposition leader Juan Ponce Enrile accused Aquino supporters yesterday of vote fraud that he said could result in "instability of unimaginable magnitude. " Enrile, a former defense minister, said that a big win by Aquino in the battle for 24 seats in the Senate and 200 in the House of Representatives could plunge the nation into deeper turmoil. The government's election officials and some foreign observers disputed the opposition's charges of widespread vote fraud.
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June 27, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge has dismissed witness-intimidation charges against the relative of four North Philadelphia election workers accused of adding votes to the machine after the polls closed in the November general election. Municipal Court Judge Roger F. Gordon said Thursday that he could see no evidence of a crime on a dark surveillance videotape prosecutors said showed Brandon Way, 31, slashing the car tires of a poll watcher who had reported the alleged fraud by Way's relatives. Assistant District Attorney Michael Bonner said he would review the evidence and likely refile the charges in Common Pleas Court.
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January 18, 1995 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
State Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. has charged three more Philadelphia Democrats with election fraud in the 1993 2nd state Senatorial District race. Named yesterday were Craig Cummons, 41, of Hunting Park Avenue near Torresdale; Rocco Diguielmo, 34, of Iseminger Street near Mifflin; and Barry Rankin, 46, of Frankford Avenue near Montgomery. The three were campaign workers for Democrat Bill Stinson in 1993. All three are charged with absentee ballot abuse, bringing the total in the case to 18 - 17 Democrats and one Republican.
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December 6, 1994 | By Mark Fazlollah, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Republican committeeman and a former Democratic committeeman pleaded guilty yesterday to election fraud in the 1993 Second District state Senate race, and an arrest warrant was issued for another former Democratic committeeman who failed to appear in court. Anthony G. Rotondo, 42, who held the position of Democratic committeeman in the 43d Ward's 18th Division until it was reported that he lived outside the ward, pleaded guilty to three counts of forging election documents and of voting on a machine for a registered voter who did not come to the polls on Election Day. Republican Joseph V. Giedemann, 55, a committeeman in lower Northeast Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to six counts of election fraud.
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May 21, 1993 | By David Hess, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
You can't throw someone out of the U.S. Senate just because some voters think he lied during his election campaign, the Senate Rules Committee decided yesterday. The committee voted unanimously to reject a bid to overturn Sen. Bob Packwood's election in Oregon last fall on the grounds that he lied about alleged sexual misconduct. Packwood said he was pleased with the vote "both for myself and for the Senate. " "The last thing the Senate wants to do is get into the practice of conducting autopsies . . . every two years if the loser claims the winner told a lie," he told the Associated Press.
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May 16, 1992 | By Vernon Loeb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former defense secretary Fidel V. Ramos yesterday took the lead for the first time in the Philippine presidential vote count and dismissed charges from his chief rival that his campaign was engaged in "wholesale electoral fraud. " Miriam Defensor Santiago, a former judge and immigration commissioner with corruption-fighting image, accused Ramos of "an attempted rape of the democratic process," even before he passed her late yesterday in partial returns with more than 12 percent of precincts reporting nationwide.
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June 27, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge has dismissed witness-intimidation charges against the relative of four North Philadelphia election workers accused of adding votes to the machine after the polls closed in the November general election. Municipal Court Judge Roger F. Gordon said Thursday that he could see no evidence of a crime on a dark surveillance videotape prosecutors said showed Brandon Way, 31, slashing the car tires of a poll watcher who had reported the alleged fraud by Way's relatives. Assistant District Attorney Michael Bonner said he would review the evidence and likely refile the charges in Common Pleas Court.
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November 4, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
District Attorney Seth Williams on Monday announced the creation of a task force aimed at combating election-day fraud. The Election Fraud Task Force will specially assign assistant district attorneys and detectives to investigate election fraud allegations, instead of handling them "based on where and when the complaints came into the office," Williams said in a statement. "For far too long, it has been assumed that election day in Philadelphia involves inappropriate actions at the polls.
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February 22, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Spelling is everything if you're running as a write-in candidate for public office. The only such votes that count are the ones that precisely match the candidate's name. Still, Dianah Gregory may have tried a little too hard last November in her quest for the post of judge of election in North Philadelphia's Precinct 28-10. The job pays $100 a day, but there are only two work days a year. According to the District Attorney's Office, Gregory, 65, of the 2600 block of North Douglas Street, went so far as writing her name in marker near the write-in spot inside the voting booth as well as going behind the curtain to help people cast their votes.
NEWS
March 6, 2013
THE GOOD NEWS: Voters will not - repeat, not - be required to show ID in the May 21 primary. The two sides in the long-running suit over Pennsylvania's voter-ID law have agreed that voter ID will not be enforced during in the primary. The bad news: Unfortunately, that does not mean an end to this case, under legal challenge since the Legislature passed the voter-ID law last spring. It remains under review in Commonwealth Court. A full hearing on the merits won't be until July 15 and any decision, pro or con, will likely be appealed to the state Supreme Court.
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November 5, 2012
HERE'S WHAT will be making news in Philadelphia this week: CITY HALL Election Day In case you've been outside the country for months, Tuesday is Election Day. Here are a few things to think about as you get ready to cast ballots for president. *  Check your polling place. You can do that through the state website: www.votespa.com *  Review the ballot. For a copy, go to the Committee of Seventy's website: www.seventy.org/Elections_Philadelphia_Sample_Ballots.aspx . *  Know your rights.
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September 25, 2012
Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News spotlighting a name in the news away from the job. IT'S AUTUMN'S FIRST Sunday, a glorious one, but Stephanie Singer can't just ride a horse into the sunset. She's got an election to run in 43 days. Instead, the Philadelphia City Commission chairwoman hops onto a horse named Carousel at McCarthy Stables to work on her trotting and cantering. She does this a couple of times a week. "It really is totally away from everything," she says, as the Anglo-Arab horse stomps in the dirt to shake a fly from its leg. "I feel like I'm not in the city.
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September 24, 2012
China cancels its Japan events TOKYO - China has canceled events to commemorate 40 years of diplomatic relations with Japan, further signaling its anger over a simmering territorial dispute. Japanese Foreign Ministry official Hiroaki Sakamoto confirmed that China has canceled events, planned for Thursday. China's Xinhua news agency, citing officials with the China-Japan Friendship Association and another government-affiliated group, reported Sunday that the events would be held "at a proper time.
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September 19, 2012 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer
T HE PROBLEM nags at supporters of the state's voter-ID law - they say that the controversial legislation will stop widespread voter fraud, but they have no evidence to show that the problem exists. John Fund, a conservative columnist who released books in 2004 and last month claiming that voter fraud is rampant, attempted Monday to defend the law during a panel discussion at the National Constitution Center. Former Gov. Ed Rendell, who opposes the law, moderated the debate and pressed for explanations about why it is needed since attorneys for the state, during a legal challenge this summer, said that they could offer no evidence that in-person voter fraud occurs.
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August 18, 2012
Voting a right Voting is a right, not a privilege, and this basic right is being threatened by the new voter-ID law ("Judge upholds voter-ID law," Thursday). Not only does the law violate the Pennsylvania Constitution, which states elections should be "free and equal," it also violates Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states everyone has the right to take part in one's government. This law impacts women, minorities, older adults, individuals with disabilities, young voters, and people living in poverty.
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