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Voting Irregularities Report

Voting Irregularities Report

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July 18, 2012The Honorable Stephanie SingerCity Commissioner, ChairThe Honorable Anthony ClarkCity CommissionerVoting irregularities present a risk to the integrity of elections inPhiladelphia County. Our core mission, to run honest elections, isundermined by illegal voting practices that alter election resultsand have the potential to change the outcome of close elections.Consistent with this mission, my office undertook an investigationof the 2012 Primary Election.The following report summarizes our investigation, identifiesseven types of voting irregularities, and offers recommendations.My office initially examined all divisions in Philadelphia County.We then performed a manual analysis of specific divisions thatappeared to have irregular results to identify concrete examplesof voting irregularities. Due to the size of the electorate(1,029,307 registered voters in Philadelphia County), and thevolume of documentation associated with the election (3,374 PollBooks; 3,467 Voting Machine Tapes; and 1,687 Clerk Books, etc.),we did not set out to quantify the magnitude of votingirregularities that occurred, but rather to analyze them in detail.Nevertheless, we identified hundreds of cases of votingirregularities that warrant further investigation. As ourinvestigation continues, my office will refer all such cases to theappropriate law enforcement authority.If you or your staff have any questions about this report, pleasecontact me at (215) 686-3464 or at al.schmidt@phila.gov.  Sincerely yours,Al SchmidtCity Commissioner
 
Office of Al SchmidtCity Commissioner of Philadelphia
 
 
Contents
Divisions with More Votes than VotersVoting by Individuals in the Incorrect Legislative District
Section 1 IntroductionSection 2 Scope and MethodologySection 3 Types of Voting Irregularities
Voting by Non-Registered Individuals
Voting by Individuals in the Incorrect Party’s Primary
 Individuals Voting More Than OnceVoter ImpersonationVoting by Non-U.S. Citizens
Section 4 Conclusions and RecommendationsExecutive SummarySection 5 Glossary of Terms
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