Investigation probes alleged election fraud in North Philadelphia

    Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is investigating charges of voter intimidation in a closely-fought legislative race.

    It’s been a week and a half since Pennsylvania’s primary and one still unresolved race is getting attention from prosecutors.  Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is investigating charges of voter intimidation in a closely-fought legislative race.

    A final result hasn’t been certified. It appears State Representative Angel Cruz has narrowly fought off a challenge from former Philadelphia police officer Jonathan Ramos.

    But Ramos says Cruz and his supporters spent much of Election Day barging into North Philadelphia polling places, intimidating voters and at times stepping into voting booths uninvited to “help” people cast their ballots.

    Gathered with supporters at Cruz’s office yesterday, Ramos said he wants to put an end to Election Day thuggery in the Latino community.

    “I’m requesting that we at least give these people the dignity and respect to come out and vote legally and honestly,” said Ramos.

    Cruz was unavailable for comment. His office manager Joe Evangelista said as far as he knows, Cruz never entered a polling place besides his own. He accused Ramos and his supporters of stirring up trouble on Election Day.

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