Corruption

Former PA Democrat Congressman Pleads Guilty To Stuffing Ballot Boxes


Election fraud has been present throughout American history.

Sometimes it has involved organized crime, good old boy vote-counting shenanigans, or just a person voting for a deceased or incapacitated family member.

A famous story comes out of Texas.

THE MYSTERY OF BALLOT BOX 13

“FOR THE past 40 years, the story of Box 13 in tiny Alice, Texas, has stood as one of the great mysteries and richest tales in American politics. It is the story of how Lyndon Johnson stole the 1948 election and then how he sealed his theft with a brilliant manipulation of the judicial system and the state Democratic political organization.”

Cities including Philidelphia have a long record of election irregularities, missing ballots, and surges of votes in precincts that exceeded the actual number of registered voters.

This week., a former Democrat congressman pleaded guilty in a ballot stuffing case.

Michael J. “Ozzie” Myers, a shady Philly Democrat pleaded guilty Monday to violations of election law, conspiracy, bribery, and obstruction.

The federal government said ballots were stuffed during the 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary elections, and that Myers was the mastermind behind that ballot stuffing scheme.

AP reported:

In a sentencing memo dated Friday, federal prosecutors said his “criminal efforts were generally, although not exclusively, directed at securing election victories for local judicial candidates running for Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas or Municipal Court who had employed Myers as a ‘political consultant.’”

Myers was expelled from Congress in 1980 after being caught taking bribes in the Abscam sting investigation.

Prosecutors said Myers, 79, admitted he bribed a judge of elections to add votes for his chosen candidates, including clients who were running for judicial offices. The bribes were hundreds or thousands of dollars.

He also conspired with another elections judge to tell voters on election days which candidates they should vote for, candidates that Myers had selected, and the now former judge cast fraudulent votes for people who did not appear at the polls.

NBC Philadelphia also reported on the story:

Prosecutors said Myers, 79, admitted he bribed a judge of elections to add votes for his chosen candidates, including clients who were running for judicial offices. The bribes were hundreds or thousands of dollars.

He also conspired with another elections judge to tell voters on election days which candidates they should vote for, candidates that Myers had selected, and the now former judge cast fraudulent votes for people who did not appear at the polls.

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