Protecting the integrity of our election process requires taking definitive action of prevention, deterrence and prosecuting individuals who commit election fraud.

House Republicans believe in the right to vote and protecting that right—we have taken actions to ensure protecting such integrity does not lead to disenfranchised voters. Our reform actions taken make it hard to cheat and easy for legitimate voters to cast their votes.

Ghost Voting/Fraud/Lawsuits Documented in Pennsylvania

On Sept. 21, 2020 the federal Department of Justice released a statement regarding U.S. Attorney Freed’s inquiry into reports of potential issues with mail-in ballots. The FBI working with the PSP have recovered physical evidence in Luzerne County. They confirmed a small number of military ballots were discarded. Nine ballots have been recovered, all cast for Donald Trump.

Currently, there is a pending lawsuit filed in Allegheny County by a member of President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission alleging the county violated the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 by not making reasonable efforts to remove ineligible voters’ names from the registration lists. The complaint states they found 1,500 deceased voters on the registration lists, 3,700 duplicate, triplicate, and quadruplicate voter registration records and over 7,400 instances of failure to correctly process voter name changes.

The Trump re-election campaign filed a lawsuit (Trump vs. Boockvar, filed in the U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania) against Pennsylvania state and county election officials saying the mail ballot drop boxes violate the state and federal constitutions. The suit alleges state and county election officials set up different rules and policies across the state. Judge Nicolas Ranjan of the US District Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania, decided on Aug. 23 the lawsuit should be put on hold, while similar lawsuits in state courts move forward.

On July 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice charged former U.S. Congressman Michael “Ozzie” Myers (D-Pa) with conspiring to violate voting rights by fraudulently stuffing the ballot boxes for specific candidates in 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary elections, bribery of an election official, falsification or records, voting more than one in federal elections, and obstruction of justice. Myers, 77, of Philadelphia is charged with conspiring with the former Judge of Elections for the 39th Ward, 36th Division, Domenick Demuro.

On May 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Domenick Demuro was convicted for his role in accepting bribes to cast fraudulent ballots and certifying false voting results during the 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary elections in Philadelphia.

In 2016, Philadelphia news station ABC6 conducted an investigation and found at least five instances of votes cast in recent elections under the names of deceased individuals. The station looked through over a decade’s worth of Philadelphia’s elections and death records and found examples of ghost voting. One included a woman who died in 2006 but cast ballots in 2008, 2012, 2014 and the 2016 primary election. Commissioner Al Schmidt countered these claims by saying people with similar names signed the poll book in the wrong spot.

In 1994, in an election that would have determined party control in the Pennsylvania Senate chamber, Federal Judge Clarence C. Newcomer invalidated the vote and ordered the seat to be filled by the Republican candidate after an elaborate Democratic-lead election fraud scheme was uncovered in which hundreds of residents were encouraged to vote by absentee ballots even though they had no legal reason.

>> Read additional documented cases of voter fraud in Pennsylvania here.