2014 voter fraud lessons forgotten?
RANTS that some snicker at the silliness of the complaints alleging possible elections violations that two political party
leaders have leveled against one another in recent Fay weeks.
Forget that they often then are speechless, suddenly without snicker, usually looking downward at this point, when asked
why then did the story of the Fay Dem fair booth prize contest give away air on televisions during network news in Los
Apparently, those who snicker have been ever too foolish to forget what happened to some elected or sitting township
supervisors four years ago, after a grand jury convened and they were charged with voter fraud.
One's judgement from that last voter fraud prosecution was particularly harsh, given that he was convicted of less of a
crime than either the current day political parties are accused of since the county fair ended and the animals went to
Those involved in any elections violations at the fair still foolish enough to snicker forget that the 2014 decision against that
township official, however, continues to apply to all candidates in elections and those already serving in elected
As per paragraph 15 of that grand jury report, the district attorney was asked to prosecute because the defendant, "as an
elected supervisor and past candidate for office was aware or should have been aware that such
assistance was done in violation of the Election Code."
Not only did the former county district attorney gleefully prosecute that township supervisor, the elected official was found
guilty and made to perform community service.
Being stupid, ignorant or ignorant of election law, with or without snickering, was no defense then and should not be today.
That township supervisor 4 years ago was guilty through the courts for not doing one piece of paperwork. He was brought
before the court after helping an elderly citizen out of friendship complete an absentee ballot.
In a nutshell, he was guilty for failing to complete an accompanying elections form documenting that he helped her. It was
never suspected that the woman's vote or decision making process was influenced or compromised in any way.
That all said, nobody should forget about 2014's sentencing of the three elected officials, especially the one already
At the time, the current county solicitor, Jack Purcell, represented one of the officials and Fay's current district attorney,
Richard Bower, then working in his private practice law firm, represented the one township supervisor not charged with
conspiracy, just failing to fill out one piece of elections paperwork after helping a friend obtain or complete an absentee
That all said, in light of those prosecuted and sentenced before them, nobody connected to elections shenanigans at the
fair should be snickering. (18 Aug 18)