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Last week, it came to light that voters in southeastern Pennsylvania’s 8th district were receiving notices warning that their right to vote could be in jeopardy if they did not return an absentee ballot to the “Pennsylvania Voter Assistance Office,” a fictitious agency headquartered at a post office box. The letters, shown below, were underwritten by the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee.
“By failing to return the enclosed [absentee ballot],” warned the notice, “you may be placing your ability to participate in this year’s general election at risk.” The mailer contained a postage-paid envelope instructing voters to return their ballots to a post office box controlled by the Democratic Party.
That post office box, Battle ’10 has learned, was controlled at least in part by Tim Persico, the campaign manager for Rep. Patrick Murphy. Persico was apparently listed as one of two authorized to access the post office box listed in the mailers.
The Pennsylvania GOP has released a photograph of the access list bearing Persico’s name, available here. The photograph was taken yesterday, Oct. 26, in Bristol, Pa.
At issue is whether Rep. Patrick Murphy was directly involved with the absentee ballot scheme, which is being investigated by the local district attorney’s office and has so far resulted in the rejection of at least 600 absentee ballots for “defects.”
The number of reject ballots, which is “significantly higher” than in previous years, has been reportedly fueled by errors including mismatching signatures and incorrect birth dates, indicators of potential fraud.
This comes on the heels of the county Board of Elections recording a unusual spike in Democratic absentee ballot application last week. Within a six day period from Oct. 14 to 19, Democrat absentee ballot applications to the county increased by 67 percent as compared to Republican applications, a spike that occurred nowhere else in the state.
Applications had been running essentially even between the parties up to that point. On Oct. 14, both parties’ ballot applications tallied roughly 3,000 each, but by Oct. 19, Democrats recorded 5,082 applications to Republicans’ 3,678.
Patricia Poprik, vice chairman of the local Republican Party, has been monitoring the return of applications and spoke with Battle ’10 about the controversy. Poprik spoke of witnessing identical, pre-labelled envelopes returned with applications, some dated months prior, and voiced her fear about the lack of transparency behind the fictitious Democrat “Voter Assistance Office.”
“We know some were held, and some were signed in August,” Poprik told Battle ’10. “The biggest question is: whether they [the applications, both Democrat and Republican] were all sent back to the county.”
“Why do the [Democrats] pre-screen them?” asked Poprik. “If they really wanted to help the voter, why don’t they just put the return address of the courthouse [and] let the ballot go there? Why do they have to get in the middle and check it out?”
That the letters instruct applications be returned to the Democratic Party via the Murphy-campaign manager controlled post office box, rather than directly to the county Board of Elections office, is a core aspect of the ongoing controversy.
The 8th congressional district is viewed as a bellwether race. Patrick Murphy is seen as a rising star in his party, and as a recent appointee to the powerful appropriations committee, his loss would be a significant blow for Democrats.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – the most overturned appellate court in the U.S. – has overturned Arizona’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote.
The split decision by a three-judge panel determined that the requirement to show proof of citizenship – passed by voters in 2004 – is not consistent with the National Voter Registration Act.
This year marks the first Illinois election that any registered voter can cast their ballot by mail. Even as the deadline for those ballots to be postmarked nears, problems are brewing.
An Illinois county election official is telling the ABC 7 I-Team that thousands – potentially hundreds of thousands – of voters who are expecting a ballot sent to them by mail may be disenfranchised.
A Craven County, NC voter says he had a near miss at the polls on Thursday when an electronic voting machine completed his straight-party ticket for the opposite of what he intended.
Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He tried again with the same result.
Who is the largest single political contributor in the 2010 campaign cycle? You can be pardoned if you answer, erroneously, that it’s some new conservative group organized by Karl Rove.
That’s campaign spin by the Obama Democrats, obediently relayed by certain elements of the so-called mainstream media. The real answer is the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn’t enough. They wanted to do more.
So when the 2008 election came around, “about 50” of her friends volunteered to work at Houston’s polling places. “What we saw shocked us,” she said. “There was no one checking IDs.”
On Saturday night, someone used a hammer to drive 17 holes into the stucco building and through a sign for Ronnie Nelson, a Republican candidate for state House District 5.
On Sunday, someone ripped signs off the side of the building and threw them on the street, said Denver County GOP Chairman Ryan Call. The signs belonged to John Suthers, Ken Buck, Scott Gessler, and Ronnie Nelson.
Currently, 67% of Americans have a negative opinion of the job President Obama is doing while just 37% have a positive opinion.
This continues the president’s downward trend and he is now at the lowest job approval rating of his presidency. It’s perhaps not surprising that nine in ten Republicans (90%) and Conservatives (89%) give the job the president is doing negative ratings.
Bolivian police said they’ve detained a woman who tried to mail a mummy to France. Police Colonel Adolfo Cardenas said Tuesday a Peruvian woman tried to send the human remains from a post office in the town of Desaguadero along the Peruvian border.
The destination was in the French city of Compiegne. The mummy was discovered in a routine check of the package.
An Australian man has been charged after allegedly tattooing a 16ins penis onto his friend’s back.
It will cost the 25-year-old alleged victim about £1,250 to remove the tattoo which also features a misspelled slogan implying the man is gay. Police say he had thought he was getting a Yin and Yang symbol with some dragons, reports the Queensland Times.
Commuters in China are being offered an alternative to the crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks usually dispensed from train station vending machines – live crabs.
Crab dispensers have been installed at several underground stations in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province. The Dazha hairy crabs are sold in three sizes – large, medium or small – and range in prices from £1.50 to £5.00.
Amanda Mikesell was so angry, she could kick a small dog. And she did. Mikesell, a 29-year-old Kentucky woman was jailed after she allegedly kicked her boyfriend’s puppy to death.
A witness called 911 after watching Mikesell kick a 4 or 5 month old puppy several times outside her house. She then reported hearing Mikesell yelling inside the house, followed by a loud thud.