A Democratic consultant was charged with forging signatures on petitions so he could get his clients on ballots in Pennsylvania, authorities said.
Consultant Rasheen Crews was arrested Wednesday, with the Penn. Attorney General’s office stating that Crews was hired by several Democratic candidates to get them on the ballots in several municipal races across the state.
“”It was alleged that Mr. Crews either personally forged or hired individuals to forge signatures in order to obtain the requisite amount of legally required signatures for ballot access in contravention of the Pennsylvania Election Code,” according to a police affidavit.
One of the clients told authorities he gave Crews already-notarized pages of ballot signatures and noticed later that at least “two of the pages had names added to the petitions, after the pages were notarized and given to Crews,” the affidavit continued.
Other clients told police similar stories.
“In advance of the 2023 municipal elections, this arrest is an important reminder that interfering with the integrity of our elections is a serious crime,” Penn. AG Josh Shapiro stated. “By soliciting and organizing the wide scale forgery of signatures, the defendant undermined the democratic process and Philadelphians’ right to a free and fair election.”
“My office is dedicated to upholding the integrity of the election process across the Commonwealth, to ensure everyone can participate in Pennsylvania’s future.”
Interestingly, despite the fact that Pennsylvania voting integrity has been in the news lately, the story was largely ignored by national media outlets.
Fox News and the Epoch Times did publish an Associated Press article on the story, but in general news of the arrest was reported mostly by local and smaller outlets: