Let’s see… Paying for votes? Check. Tricking the mentally disabled? Check. And now, preying on those who struggle with the English language? Check.
Democrats in upstate New York seemingly left no stone unturned, no voter they would not swindle, in an attempt to steal past elections.
Via the Times Union:
Testimony from voters in the city ballot-fraud case revealed the tactics politicians and political operatives used and the promises they made to allegedly convince residents to sign over their voting privileges.
By ‘politicians and political operatives’ they mean ‘Democrats and Democrat operatives’. There is after all, no other party on trial here.
Testimony also showed operatives may have targeted immigrants and other people not familiar with the English language or the U.S. election process.
Those witnesses needed a Spanish interpreter just to get through their testimony.
Maritza Berrios said she was not even registered to vote in 2009. Shown an absentee ballot with her signature, she said it was not hers.
Ana Berrios only said she signed something she was asked to sign. She said she really did not know what it was. When asked if she wrote in the required “where you will be on election day” box that she would be on vacation in Cape Cod, she replied — “I don’t even know where that is.”
Johanna Torres said she just did what she was told.
“He said sign here and I did and that was it,” Torres said.
Thus far, eight people have been charged in connection with the ballot fraud investigation, four of which have pleaded guilty, with two currently on trial.
Prior to the start of the fraud trial, special prosecutor, Trey Smith, had promised to expose the seedy underbelly of Democratic politics in the city of Troy, something other Democrats already charged in the case have referred to as ‘normal political tactics.’
This promise is clearly coming to fruition.
The trial involves Democrat Board of Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough, and former Councilman Michael LoPorto, who combined, face over 100 total charges that include second-degree forgery, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and second-degree criminal possession.
Smith has claimed that Democrats ‘went for a power grab to ensure that several of its candidates, namely former Councilman John Brown, LoPorto, and former Council President Clement Campana, won the 2009 Working Families Party primary, which would help them win the general election a month later.’
James Gordon, Chairman of the Troy Republican Committee sums it up nicely…
“This was greed, ignorance, lack of ethics, and laziness. Bad people doing bad things.”