October 13, 1995 |
A Common Pleas Court judge found a Democratic Party committeeman guilty of vote fraud yesterday in the tainted 1993 Second Senate District race, the latest casualty among the more than 20 people charged in the scandal. In a nonjury trial, Senior Judge Jay Myers found Gregory Hampson, 30, guilty of nine counts of misdemeanor election-code violations for submitting bogus applications for absentee ballots. Hampson, of the 5400 block of Montague Street, is a Democratic committeeman in the Fifth Division of the 62d Ward.
June 1, 1995 |
Before the Nov. 2, 1993, Second District election, scores of Latino voters were told of una nueva forma de votar - a new way to vote - from the comfort of their homes. That tactic helped make the Second District race the city's worst vote- fraud scandal in recent history. It generated enough bogus absentee ballots to tip the state Senate race, so many phony ballots, in fact, that stacks of them allegedly were left over and burned after the election. Yesterday, the state Attorney General's Office indicted Josue Santiago, a central player in the race, on 258 misdemeanor counts of vote fraud, the most brought against any of the 20 defendants thus far indicted in the scandal.
May 17, 1995 |
The New Jersey primary isn't until June, but Blackwood resident Yolanda Rios was busy at the polls yesterday - as an election judge in Philadelphia's 18th Ward. Gloucester County resident Joseph Ricca, who spent eight months in Allenwood for vote fraud, was back in the city's Second Ward yesterday - as an election judge. And in the 42d Ward, Fani Papanikolau was the Democratic poll watcher. In March, she pleaded guilty to 22 counts of vote fraud. The grand jury that indicted her said she lived in New Jersey.
March 7, 1995 |
The personal secretary of City Commissioner Alexander Z. Talmadge Jr. has sued Talmadge, two deputy commissioners and the city, contending that she was exiled to a nonexistent warehouse job because she blew the whistle on vote fraud. Tanya L. Brown said in a suit filed last week in federal district court that she had been forced to work in the city's voting machine warehouse for the last six months as retribution for her testimony about illegal voting in the Second District state Senate race in November.
December 7, 1994 |
City Register of Wills Ronald R. Donatucci suspended employee Anthony G. Rotondo yesterday for four weeks following Rotondo's guilty plea on vote-fraud charges. Rotondo is the second employee of the office to be suspended this year following a criminal conviction. Rotondo, who was the Democratic committeeman in the 18th Division of the 43d Ward until this spring, admitted to a Common Pleas Court judge Monday that he forged absentee-ballot documents and cast a vote on a voting machine for a woman who was not present at a 43d Ward polling site on Nov. 2, 1993.
December 1, 1994
Politics as usual in Philadelphia is an indictable offense. That's one conclusion to be drawn from the 108-page report of the state grand jury that investigated last year's infamous vote fraud in the Second Senate District. The grand jury, made up of 30 citizens from Dauphin, Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties, called for new charges of forgery and vote fraud against three creatures of city politics - two Democratic committeewomen and one poll worker. That raises to 11 the tally of people charged in connection with this exercise in perverting democracy.
November 9, 1994 |
2nd SENATORIAL DISTRICT With 100 percent of the vote counted Tina Tartaglione (D) 30,561 (i) Bruce S. Marks (R) 30,522 As Democratic state senator-elect Tina Tartaglione wiped the tears of victory from her eyes last night, she was only taking a pit stop in a campaign that may never end. With an unofficial 39-vote margin of victory, Tartaglione can expect a challenge from Republican state Sen. Bruce Marks. His pitbull perseverance at the polls and in court got him the Senate seat he'd been after since 1990.
October 2, 1994 |
When Republican Tom W. Scott decided in March to run for the seat from the Fourth Senatorial District, he knew the numbers were against him. Republicans care out-registered by nearly 4-1 in the district, which, except for Cheltenham, is entirely in Philadelphia. And he is up against an incumbent from the city, Democrat Allyson Y. Schwartz. He is trying to make an issue out of her vote last February to recess the Senate rather than let Republicans take control of that body after Philadelphia Democrat William G. Stinson was stripped of his seat due to vote fraud.
September 27, 1994 |
Ramon Pratt, the only defendant to plead guilty in last November's absentee ballot scandal, was sentenced yesterday to two years of probation for illegally recruiting voters to cast absentee ballots. Senior Common Pleas Court Judge Warren G. Morgan 3d said he was granting a light sentence to Pratt, 48, because he had cooperated with prosecutors seeking evidence against others involved in the Nov. 2 vote fraud in the Second State Senate District. But Morgan stressed that he considered the offenses serious.
September 14, 1994 |
The city has agreed to pay private lawyers $119,000 for representing city employees who have been questioned in a state investigation of vote fraud in the Nov. 2 Second District Senate race. And the bill is sure to grow. Deputy City Solicitor James B. Jordan said yesterday that his office had contracts with 11 lawyers or law firms to represent the employees, including the three city commissioners. He said additional lawyers would be hired as more employees were called to testify before a statewide investigating grand jury.