“On Thursday, we filed a lawsuit in federal court,” Honkala wrote: She is asking the courts to grant her an new election.
Background: Cheri Honkala: Has alleged voting infractions/irregularities in District 197. Now she is taking her arguments to court.
In Philadelphia’s largely Democratic 197th District, Republican Lucinda Little had just a few votes, with the lion’s share going to a number of write-in candidates, including Democrat Emilio Vazquez and the Green Party’s Cheri Honkala.” Read below to learn about the lawsuit.
The lawsuit asks the court to void the March 21st election because of widespread voter intimidation and election fraud tactics. Honkala wants those in violation of election code to be held accountable. She also wants a new, fairly-run election to be held within 90 days.
Honkala alleges the following violations
- Misleading literature was given to voters throughout the district.
“It implied that I was an outsider--despite having lived in the district for 30 years,” she wrote. “It also implied that I was a Republican--despite being a Green Party member that was endorsed by the likes of Bernie Sanders, Our Revolution, Tim Canova's Progress for All, progressives Tom Morello and Rosario Dawson, environmental activist Josh Fox, and many more.
- At the Beauty School polling place, Honkala poll workers were told they could not put up Honkala signs because this is a “Democratic district.”
- At the Wyoming Branch Library polling place, establishment Democrats had set up a table outside with sign-in sheets and stickers, giving voters the impression that this party-run table is the place to check in to vote, rather than the actual check-in station inside the polling place.
- At the Munoz Marin School polling place, a table was set up right next to the voting machine, covered with literature for Democratic candidate Emilio Vazquez, with voters being told that the table has “what they need to vote.”
- At the Bethune School polling place, judges of elections held and distributed Vazquez stamps.
- At the Barton School polling place, a voter walked into the polling place with Cheri Honkala’s stamp but the election workers told her she “had the wrong stamp.” The Honkala stamp was taken away and the voter was given a stamp for Emilio Vazquez.
- At the Esperanza Health Center polling place, election workers even asked a voter who she was voting for!
- An elderly Latina woman reported on video that she was afraid for her safety and that she and other senior citizens were intimidated into voting for Vazquez.
- At the West Kensington Ministry polling place, an election worker was captured on video coming out of the polling site and taking money from a Democratic poll worker.
- At the Hartranft School polling place, candidate Vazquez was inside sitting and talking with the Election Board. Honkala maintains this was inappropriate since Vazquez was a candidate.
- At Vazquez's “Victory Party" -- held on Election Night, 3 days before ballots were even counted -- a photograph was taken of a person holding one of the ballot boxes, which were supposed to be securely in the hands of police or city commissioner staff by that point.
These are just a handful of dozens of stories according to Honkala.
The lawsuit, which is bringing together Greens, many Democrats, and Republicans to fight against the corrupt machine in Philadelphia, Honkala says, and the Philadelphia District Attorney and the Pennsylvania Attorney General are both investigating the election.
For more information about the lawsuit you may click the following link.
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