Attorney General Bill Barr’s Department of Justice announced this week that a former election judge has pleaded guilty to voter-fraud charges as part of a scheme to elect Democratic candidates.
According to the Washington Examiner, Philadelphia Judge Domenick Demuro took bribes to manipulate election results in three primary elections. He could face up to 15 years in federal prison when he is sentenced next month, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Demuro pleaded guilty in March to criminal counts of depriving persons of their civil rights and using interstate facilities in aid of bribery. Reports show he admitted to casting phony ballots and certifying the fake results in exchange for money and other gifts.
“While he thought the coast was clear”
The crimes were reportedly committed at the behest of a political consultant, who paid Demuro between $300 and $5,000 per election to stuff ballot boxes for particular Democratic judicial candidates.
According to the Inquirer, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said the fraud, which was committed between 2014 and 2016, involved Demuro “literally standing in a voting booth and voting over and over, as fast as he could, while he thought the coast was clear.”
News of his conviction comes as President Donald Trump continues to raise concerns about voter fraud as it pertains to state-level plans for mail-in ballots in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Democrats and some Republicans tout the option as a necessary accommodation to prevent avoidable spread of the highly communicable virus. Trump, on the other hand, has called out certain states — including Nevada — for what he perceives as an improper provision.
State of Nevada “thinks” that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S. They can’t! If they do, “I think” I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections. @RussVought45 @USTreasury
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, responded with his own tweet calling Trump’s threat to cut funding during a health crisis “inappropriate and outrageous.”
“Inappropriate and outrageous”
As the charges against Demuro prove, however, any election can be compromised by fraud. For that reason, some Trump supporters who applaud the Justice Department’s move in this case still feel there is more corruption to investigate.
Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, said this administration’s “prosecution of election fraud stands in stark contrast” to the Obama-era Justice Department, according to Breitbart. Nevertheless, he called on U.S. Attorney General to compel “other offices to do their duty and prosecute known election crimes” in other jurisdictions.
Less than six months ahead of an election that could prove critical in determining the nation’s future, law enforcement on every level must maintain vigilance in rooting out any instances of voter fraud.