ANOTHER CHARGE – AT 8:11 P.M. ET: We're going to monitor, to the degree possible, the voter fraud charges that are bound to pop up in the next week, especially in large cities, where residents can visit with their deceased aunts and uncles on election day, simply by meeting them at the polls. Here's a new one:
A trio of Bucks County residents backed by the county Republican committee say they have evidence linking Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy's campaign to a scheme to flood the county voter registration office with fraudulent applications for absentee ballots.
In a petition filed Tuesday, county Republicans say the name of Murphy's campaign manager appeared on a Bristol post office box where voters were urged in a series of letters paid for by the state Democratic Committee to send absentee ballot applications.
The county Republicans submitted with the petition a photograph of a note inside the mailbox that said, "Tim Percico and Paul Hampel only pick up mail." Tim Persico is Murphy's campaign manager, although his name is misspelled in the note. Hampel is a volunteer for the Democratic state committee who said he collects mail from the box.
While county and state Democratic officials denied involvement in the letter campaign or refused to discuss it, Persico said Tuesday that the "PA Vote 2010" project that paid for the letters is a partnership between Murphy's campaign and the state Democrats.
COMMENT: We have no independent knowledge of this, but charges of fraud are already emerging, and all of them are being made by Republicans.
October 27, 2010