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  • Something Suspicious in District 9

    Allegations of fraud led North Carolina’s Board of Elections to refuse to certify November election results from the 9th Congressional district. Our investigation revealed a complex ballot-harvesting operation, with people paid to collect absentee ballots from voters -- an act that is illegal in North Carolina.
  • Politics in Cook County Schools

    In the April, 2015 Cook County elections, a number of local mayors, two state representatives and a township highway commissioner got actively involved in local school board elections. They paid for campaign mailers, palm cards and even robo-calls. When the Illinois State Board of Elections released campaign donation information for the second quarter of 2015, a web of cash and in-kind donations to local school board campaign committees was revealed. Three recurring donors showed up in the campaign contribution records for the politicians and school board committees. They are Del Galdo Law Group, Odelson & Sterk attorneys, and Franklin Park company Restore Construction.
  • Small-Town Election, Big-Time Trouble

    The stories chronicled election fraud in two small communities. In the first community, one candidate's mother headed up the registrar's office, while in the other community, Gate City, the mayor manipulated the absentee voting system to his advantage, sometimes filling the forms of elderly absentee voters himself.
  • Election Fraud in Kiryas Joel

    Times Record-Herald reports on illegal and questionable votes cast in a Hasidic village "election fraught with fraud allegations." The reporter finds that at least 12 votes have been cast by people who had moved out of the country, or are too young to vote. Another 28 questionable votes have been cast by people registered to vote in two places at the same time - Orange County and New York City. Some attorneys have challenged the eligibility of more than 500 people, or about 10 percent of the population of the village, the Record-Herald reveals.
  • Incomes, discarded votes may be linked

    "Voters in Florida's poorer counties were more than twice as likely as those in a more affluent ones to have their votes for president disregarded," according to a Tallahassee Democrat analysis of the 2000 election... The correlation between discarded ballots and income was stronger than the link between the type of balloting machine used and disregarded ballots. The fact that lower-income counties are likely to have more elderly and new minority voters may also predispose those counties to have more votes disregarded. More first-time and inexperienced minority voters may have gone to the polls after a statewide get-out-the-vote campaign initiated by the state Democratic party and labor and civil rights groups. In counties using optical-scanner ballots, presidential votes were not counted 3.4 percent of the time, compared to 4.7 for those counties using punch-card ballots. However, counties using punch-card balloting had higher average incomes than those using optical-scanner balloting: $24, 849 for punch cars and $21, 464 for optical scanners."
  • Part-Time Work, Full-Time Pay

    This investigation uncovers that some board employees "treat jobs as political perks." Peddie looked at several "politically connected officials" at the Suffolk County Board of Elections time sheets and found that many had claimed to work a full day when they did not.
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    The public agencies that run elections on Long Island are riddled with seldom-show jobs and other abuses and problems that in some cases have affected the integrity of elections. Newsday investigates how Nassau County officials allowed their board of elections to deteriorate into one of the state's most backward, while treating their high-salaried jobs as part-time perks. Suffolk County election officials also held seldom-show jobs with high pay, falsified time records and used the agency's expensive car fleet for personal travel, violating county rules. (Oct. 13, 15, 1996)
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    The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed over 1500 people in whose names absentee ballots were cast in a critical 1993 Senate race; the paper found that over one-third of the absentee votes were fraudulent. Among other things, the paper found dead voters, non-existent voters, phony voters, registered voters who did not vote, forged signatures and people who voted twice. Sufficient fraud was uncovered on the part of the winning candidate and his campaign to change the outcome of the election. As a result, a federal judge removed the Democratic candidate, William Stinson from office, sweeping changes were made in the Election Code and the city's management of elections, 1994.
  • Gang Poewr

    An ABC World News Tonight investigation found that one of the gangs in Chicago-the Ganster Disciples-has formed a political action committee known as the "21st Century Vote." After the stories aired, the FBI intensified its investigation of the gang and the state board of elections also began its own investigation, Sept. 28 - 29, 1994.
  • GOP-petition signatures questioned

    Post-Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.) finds petitions to get local GOP candidates on the ballot contained forged signatures; Board of Elections delayed in acting on the matter, Aug. 20-27, 1987.