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September 8, 1987 | By JIM SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer (Staff writer Toni Locy contributed to this report.)
U.S. District Judge Thomas N. O'Neill Jr. today delayed the vote fraud trial of former City Councilman Leland M. Beloff and his wife, Diane. In a four-page order, the judge said the vote fraud trial would be continued until 30 days after Beloff's appeal in his extortion case is resolved, expected to take months. Beloff was convicted by a federal jury in July of conspiring with reputed mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo to extort more than $1 million from local develolpers.
NEWS
August 26, 1999 | by Michael Hinkelman, Daily News Staff Writer
Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham said yesterday that any decision about investigating vote fraud allegations in the May Democratic primary will be made only "after a fair and impartial review" by her office. An investigation has been sought by Julie Welker, who lost a close election to Darrell Clarke in the race for City Council's 5th District. However, Welker wanted Abraham to turn the matter over to state Attorney General Mike Fisher. In an Aug. 24 letter to Welker, Abraham said, "The wishes of the person requesting the investigation with regard to where the case should be prosecuted play no role in our decision.
NEWS
January 17, 1988 | By John Ellis, Special to The Inquirer
A Montgomery County investigation into alleged vote fraud in Plymouth Township has proved inconclusive, according to county officials. The case stems from Democratic Committeewoman Marie Olshansky's allegation that one of 10 absentee ballots had been marked to give votes - to Republicans - between the time officials opened it on election night and the time the official vote count took place three days later. But when county detectives Robert Fasold and Richard Peffal contacted the 10 absentee voters, all recalled filling out their entire ballot, according to Fasold.
NEWS
January 17, 2005
IVOTED IN Germantown on Election Day (I have since moved) - and I didn't notice any paid "crack addicts" voting as Mr. Barclay referred to in his Jan. 10 letter. I didn't notice any buses out front full of over-eager voters ready to go on to the next polling stop and - surprise surprise - they only let me vote once. What I did notice were hard-working men and women checking for valid IDs and voter-registration cards, doing signature checks from where I signed in to where I had applied for my voter card.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2008 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Stealing America: Vote by Vote begins with a quote from founding father Thomas Paine: "The right to vote . . . is the primary right by which other rights are protected. " Dorothy Fadiman's persuasive documentary ends with accounts of massive vote switching; hacked, whacked voting machines; and destroyed voting records. Both of George W. Bush's presidential wins are called into question. If the film shows a liberal bias, it also makes the point that rigged elections are antithetical to everything this country stands for. In one of many clips from Jon Stewart's The Daily Show mixed in with the talking-head interviews (economist Paul Craig Roberts, pollster John Zogby, Ohio State Sen. Bob Hagan)
NEWS
November 24, 1987 | By JOSEPH R. DAUGHEN, Daily News Staff Writer
"I regret taking people's rights away," Charles Pollan said. Pollan, one-time aide to former City Councilman Leland Beloff, noted that the prosecutor in his vote-fraud trial had said "the problem was not the system, but people who corrupt the system. " "I did that," Pollan said. "I was just following a bad lead. " Pollan, who had worked as an $8-an-hour assistant in Beloff's office, was sentenced to three years in federal prison yesterday on vote fraud charges growing out of the 1984 and 1985 general elections.
NEWS
April 22, 1988 | By JIM SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer
Former Democratic City Councilman Leland M. Beloff will write yet another sorry chapter in the annals of South Philadelphia politics today when he pleads guilty and is sentenced in federal court for vote fraud. Beloff, 45, has agreed to admit involvement in a scheme to forge dozens of absentee ballots during the 1984 general election, said his attorney, Robert F. Simone. "He's looking to clean up his life," Simone said. While there's no guarantee, Beloff hopes his plea of guilty to the vote fraud charges won't add any time to the 10-year prison sentence he is to begin serving next week on extortion charges.
NEWS
August 18, 1987 | By KURT HEINE, Daily News Staff Writer
Diane Beloff - after apparently firing her attorney and deciding to represent herself - went on trial with her husband, former City Councilman Leland Beloff, on vote fraud charges in U.S. District Court here today. The opening session had been delayed from its scheduled start yesterday by a prolonged recess ordered by District Judge Thomas N. O'Neill Jr. During the recess there were sessions in the judge's chambers involving the defendants and attorneys for both prosecution and defense.
NEWS
November 6, 1986 | By JIM SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer (Staff writer Tony Locy contributed to this report)
A Democratic committeeman let the FBI strap a microphone under his clothing in 1984 and recorded City Councilman Leland Beloff directing another man to forge voters' absentee ballots, a federal prosecutor said. Beloff also personally forged signatures in the presence of the committeeman, Nicholas Marrandino, Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Carr Jr. said yesterday. The disclosure that Beloff had been taped came during a hearing for Margie Giordano Coyle, a veteran Democratic committeewoman from South Philadelphia, who yesterday pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring with Beloff and others to commit vote fraud in the 1984 general election.
NEWS
August 7, 1987 | By Julia Cass, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leland M. Beloff's coming federal trial on vote-fraud charges should be postponed or moved to another city because of the "unbelievable amount of prejudicial publicity" caused by his recent trial, conviction and sentencing for extortion, his attorney argued in a motion filed yesterday. Beloff, 45, who resigned his City Council seat Tuesday, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for using his office to demand payoffs from three developers, including a plot with reputed organized-crime boss Nicodemo Scarfo to extort $1 million from Willard G. Rouse 3d. Scarfo, 58, was sentenced to 14 years and Beloff's aide, Robert Rego, 43, was sentenced to eight years for their participation in the conspiracy.
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NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
MEDIA Allegations of voter fraud at a nursing home in Delaware County - where the rivalry between the major parties has intensified - has sparked a review by the district attorney's Special Prosecution Unit. A GOP poll worker tossed out 61 ballots cast by residents of the Broomall Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in the Nov. 5 election, and a hearing on the challenged ballots will be held in County Court on Tuesday. The District Attorney's Office said Tuesday that it was looking into the allegations, but did not elaborate.
NEWS
August 13, 2012 | By Natasha Kahn and Corbin Carson, For The Inquirer
A new nationwide analysis of more than 2,000 cases of alleged election fraud over the last dozen years shows that in-person voter impersonation on Election Day was virtually nonexistent. The analysis of 2,068 reported fraud cases by News21, a Carnegie-Knight investigative-reporting project, found 10 cases of alleged in-person voter impersonation since 2000. With 146 million registered voters in the United States, those represent about one for every 15 million prospective voters.
NEWS
May 4, 2012 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the 1960s, a Democratic ward leader took shoe boxes full of quarters to the polls in poor neighborhoods - "to pay off voters," a veteran election lawyer recalls. In 1993, a judge overturned a pivotal State Senate race because of hundreds of bogus absentee ballots. In last year's primary, dozens of polling places mysteriously recorded more votes in some races than the number of voters who'd signed in. All are examples of real or suspected vote fraud, Philadelphia-style.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania is the latest battleground in a growing national fight over whether voters should be required to present photo identification at the polls. The state Senate is poised to pass Wednesday a controversial bill, known as voter ID, that supporters say will ensure "integrity" at the voting booth and that critics contend will disenfranchise minorities, the elderly, the disabled, and the very poor. The bill, which appears to be on a fast track to Gov. Corbett's desk, would require voters to show some form of photo identification upon arriving at the polls.
NEWS
December 16, 2011 | By Jim Heintz, Associated Press
MOSCOW - Sharp-tongued and defiant, Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin denounced those protesting vote fraud as stooges of the West and insisted that Russia's national election was valid. His opponents were undeterred. In a 41/2-hour marathon call-in show on national TV, Putin aimed to erect a bulwark against a rising wave of discontent. But his disdainful tone appeared likely to only fuel more protests, after a fraud-tainted Dec. 4 parliamentary vote sparked the largest public anger Russia has seen in a generation.
NEWS
December 14, 2011 | By Jim Heintz, Associated Press
MOSCOW - The new Russian parliament chosen in a fraud-tainted election will go ahead with its first session, President Dmitry A. Medvedev said Tuesday, showing no inclination to bend to unprecedented nationwide protests that drew tens of thousands into the streets. Medvedev acknowledged the vote-fraud complaints but said lawmakers would meet next Wednesday anyway, ignoring demands that officials annul the election and start over. "The State Duma must begin work," he said at a meeting with leaders of the four parties that won parliamentary seats in the Dec. 4 vote.
NEWS
December 6, 2011 | By Jim Heintz, Associated Press
MOSCOW - Several thousand protesters took to the streets Monday night and accused Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party of rigging this weekend's parliamentary election in which it won the largest share of the seats. It was perhaps the biggest opposition rally in years and ended with police detaining about 300 activists. Several hundred marched toward the Central Elections Commission near the Kremlin, but were stopped by riot police and taken away in buses. Estimates of the number of protesters ranged from 5,000 to 10,000.
NEWS
June 24, 2011 | By Miriam Hill and Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two Philadelphia notaries connected to allegations of fraud in last year's elections for Republican committeemen have permanently surrendered their notary commissions after a state investigation. The state determined that Carmella Fitzpatrick, who works for the Republican City Committee, and Jeanine DiGiannantonio, who works for the Philadelphia Parking Authority, a haven for GOP patronage jobs, had notarized candidate nominating petitions without requiring the individuals to appear in person before them, as the law requires.
NEWS
June 3, 2011
Being the majority party means Republicans will get to shape Pennsylvania's political map for the next decade through legislative redistricting, but apparently that's not enough clout for some politicians. The Republican-controlled state House has revived a long-dormant proposal to require that voters produce government-issued photo identification each time they cast a ballot. There's no way that's going to be good for turnout among the poor, elderly, disabled, or non-driving voters, which includes many Philadelphia Democrats.
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