Every fraudulent vote suppresses the vote of a real, eligible voter. Yet liberal groups whose stated missions are to “protect the vote” care nothing about this voter suppression. Why? Because it benefits Democratic Party establishment candidates and does not fit their narrative that vote fraud does not exist.
An example happened today in Philadelphia. As U.S. Attorney William McSwain explained:
I am here to announce that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has unsealed criminal charges against Domenick J. DeMuro, a former Judge of Elections for the 39th Ward, 36th Division in South Philadelphia. DeMuro has been charged with two counts: first, for conspiring to deprive Philadelphia voters of their civil rights by fraudulently stuffing the ballot boxes for specific Democratic candidates in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary elections, and second, for a violation of the Travel Act, which forbids the use of any facility in interstate commerce (here, a cell phone) with the intent to promote certain illegal activity (here, bribery). DeMuro has pled guilty to both of these charges.
McSwain details the vote fraud scheme. DeMuro was paid by a Democrat political consultant to abuse his office for preferred Democrat candidates.
The position that DeMuro held, the Judge of Elections, is an elective office and a paid position. The Judge of Elections is responsible for overseeing the entire election process and voter activities of his or her Division. Each Judge of Elections is charged with overseeing the Division’s polling place in accordance with federal and state election laws, and is required to attend Election Board Training conducted by the Philadelphia City Commissioners.
Domenick DeMuro did not uphold his duties as an Election Official. A political consultant gave DeMuro directions and paid him money to illegally add votes for certain Democratic candidates on the primary ballots in 2014, 2015, and 2016. These candidates were individuals running for judicial office whose campaigns had hired the consultant, as well as other candidates for various federal, state, and local elective offices who were preferred by this consultant for a variety of reasons.
DeMuro's method shows the need for poll watchers and election observers.
After receiving payments ranging from between $300 to $5,000 per election from the consultant, DeMuro would add fraudulent votes on the voting machine – also known as “ringing up” votes – for the consultant’s clients and preferred candidates, thereby diluting and distorting the ballots cast by actual voters. DeMuro would add these fraudulent votes to the totals during Election Day, and then would later falsely certify that the voting machine results were accurate. He would add the fraudulent votes by literally standing in the voting booth and voting over and over, as fast as he could, when he thought the coast was clear.
There should be bipartisan and nonpartisan agreement that this is terrible. Yet the over 90 liberal groups that make up the “Election Protection” coalition are silent. The reason is clear: it benefited Democrats. And it is not that they don’t care about Pennsylvania. Currently the Voter Protection Corps' pinned tweet on their Twitter account is about Erie, Pennsylvania.
It is ironic that the Republican National Lawyers Association, which literally has the word “Republican” in its title, is less partisan than these groups. RNLA condemned vote fraud by an operative for a Republican House candidate in 2018 and condemns this instance of when the voters disenfranchised were voters in the Democratic primary. Not only is the Election Protection coalition silent but its leading members such as the Brennan Center for Justice and Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights are also silent.
Other groups in the center or right-of-center such as the Public Interest Legal Foundation and Lawyers Democracy Fund (LDF) commented on the guilty pleas today. LDF’s Vice President Tom Spencer stated:
LDF VP Tom Spencer: "This prosecution demonstrates how election fraud can and does happen, and it is heartening to see a prosecutor taking election integrity seriously, to protect eligible voters from being disenfranchised through fraud." https://t.co/inL6R4OeIf— Lawyers Democracy (@lawyersdf) May 21, 2020
Even in today’s partisan environment, stopping vote fraud and vote suppression should be nonpartisan. Yet for many liberal groups, it is a political talking point at best and at worst they do not oppose vote fraud when it benefits their allies on the left.