WBEZ | election fraud http://www.wbez.org/tags/election-fraud Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en After fraud search, Illinois House challenger concedes defeat http://www.wbez.org/news/after-fraud-search-illinois-house-challenger-concedes-defeat-98719 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Guzzardi2scaled.jpg" style="margin: 6px 0px 0px 0px; float: left; width: 295px; height: 196px;" title="Will Guzzardi prepares volunteers Sunday night for a canvass of 39th&nbsp;District voters. He lost a March&nbsp;20 primary to incumbent Rep. Toni Berrios, D-Chicago. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)"></div><p>Six weeks since the Illinois primary, a Democratic challenger who tried to unseat a clout-heavy state House member on Chicago’s Northwest Side is finally conceding defeat.</p><p>Political newcomer Will Guzzardi came within 125 votes of Rep. Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios, who has held the 39th&nbsp;District seat for five terms. He alleged irregularities with the March 20 balloting and mounted an extraordinary <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/door-knockers-seek-fraud-illinois-house-race-98650">search for fraud</a>.</p><p>But Guzzardi did not file a complaint with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners or contest the results in Cook County Circuit Court. The deadline for the court challenge was Monday afternoon.</p><p>“Our attorney has indicated that [our evidence] is probably not enough to sustain a formal legal complaint,” Guzzardi wrote in a Tuesday message to his supporters. “I am formally conceding the election. I’d like to congratulate Representative Berrios.”</p><p>Guzzardi told WBEZ his showing in the race means something: “The machine isn’t invincible. Right up to Election Day, people thought we were foolish for even trying to take it on. The close result proves that organized people and organized communities can stand up to entrenched power.”</p><p>The Berrios campaign has bristled at suggestions that she depended on help she received from Democratic leaders such as her father, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, who chairs the party’s county organization. “If [Guzzardi] wanted to run against the machine, he should have run against Joe,” Berrios spokesman Manuel Galvan said on Election Night.</p><p>Guzzardi, 25, said he would consider running for office again. After campaigning full-time for seven months, however, the Brown University graduate said his immediate task was lining up a job.</p><p>“All the issues we raised in the campaign — schools, the economy, foreclosures, government reform — are still pressing,” Guzzardi said. “I want to keep working on them.”</p></p> Tue, 01 May 2012 15:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/after-fraud-search-illinois-house-challenger-concedes-defeat-98719 Door knockers seek fraud in Illinois House race http://www.wbez.org/news/door-knockers-seek-fraud-illinois-house-race-98650 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Guzzardi1CROPSCALEsmaller.jpg" style="height: 249px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="Will Guzzardi prepares volunteers Sunday night for their canvass of voters in District 39. He lost a March 20 primary to incumbent Rep. Toni Berrios, D-Chicago, by 125 votes. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)"></div><p>After an extraordinary search for fraud, the losing candidate in an Illinois House primary last month says he is considering a last-minute legal challenge to expose “corruption” tied to one of the state’s strongest political chiefs.</p><p>Monday is the last day for 39th District challenger Will Guzzardi to file a petition in Cook County Circuit Court to contest his March 20 loss to Rep. Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios (D-Chicago), who won by 125 votes, or 1.58 percent, of the 7,917 ballots cast.</p><p>The Guzzardi campaign alleges more than a half dozen Election Day irregularities, including a missing precinct voter list, a poll that opened nearly an hour late and inappropriate contact between Berrios operatives and voters. A discovery recount, Guzzardi adds, turned up too many ballot application signatures that don’t resemble what appears on voter registrations.</p><p>On Sunday night, Guzzardi sent out five volunteers to finish a door-to-door canvass to see if those voters cast the ballots. “We want to make sure that voters in this district [and] people around the city can have faith in the election so we can make sure that elections represent the will of the people,” Guzzardi said.</p><p>Berrios spokesman Manuel Galvan said her campaign would not comment unless Guzzardi made his complaints formal.</p><p>“Will has been making these allegations since the election but has never filed them with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, which is what you would do if you had allegations that you were able to substantiate,” Galvan said.</p><p>Board spokesman Jim Allen said door-to-door canvasses seeking signs of election fraud are rare. “I’ve never heard of it in my six years with the board,” Allen said.</p><p>The district includes parts of several Northwest Side neighborhoods, including Logan Square, Hermosa and Belmont Cragin. Berrios has represented it since 2003.</p><p>The Guzzardi campaign has aimed much of its criticism at her father, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, who is the county’s Democratic chair and the longtime committeeman of Chicago’s 31st Ward, which covers much of the district. Powerful committeemen often have some influence over the election judges in their ward.</p></p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 09:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/door-knockers-seek-fraud-illinois-house-race-98650 Russian president orders probe into election fraud http://www.wbez.org/story/russian-president-orders-probe-election-fraud-94807 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-11/AP111210134248.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday that he has ordered a probe into the allegations of electoral fraud during the Dec. 4 parliamentary vote.</p><p>Tens of thousands rallied in Moscow and other cities on Saturday in the largest anti-government protest in Russia's post-Soviet history to protest the reported fraud and demand the departure of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.</p><p>Medvedev on Sunday broke two days of silence by posting a comment on his Facebook page.</p><p>"I disagree with the slogans as well as with the speeches that were made at the rallies," he said, but added that he gave instruction for a check of the reports of fraud. He did not mention who would carry out the probe.</p><p>Medvedev's post generated over 1,000 mostly angry comments within 50 minutes.</p><p>"Shame!" and "We don't believe you!" were the most common.</p><p>Other Facebook users asked Medvedev whether he really disagrees with the protest's main slogan, "We're for fair elections." Some wrote that Medvedev's message made them even more determined to take part in the next planned rally against electoral fraud — on Dec. 24.</p><p>Neither Medvedev nor Putin has made any public appearances over the weekend, although Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement that the government "respects the point of view of the protesters" and is "hearing what is being said."</p><p>Unlike Putin, the tech-savvy Medvedev, Russia's president since 2008, has had enjoyed a certain support among an educated urban elite. But an announcement in September this year that he will step aside to let his mentor Putin to run for a third term in office has angered many Medvedev supporters.</p></p> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 15:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/russian-president-orders-probe-election-fraud-94807 Millions of Congolese vote despite intimidation and violence http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/millions-congolese-vote-despite-intimidation-and-violence-94421 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-29/congo2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Amidst burning ballot boxes and armed rebels, millions of Congolese headed to the polls yesterday to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections. This is only the second time in the country’s history that the entire nation has been able to vote and the first election organized by the government instead of the international community.</p><p>Despite its historic nature, yesterday's vote was extremely messy. Massive logistical chaos and violence ensued at polling stations around the country. There were reports of ballot stuffing, bribery and fraud.</p><p>In response, polling hours have been extended and voters are continuing to cast ballots today. The ballots themselves are 13 pages long, with voters choosing between some 18,000 candidates.</p><p><a href="http://kambale.com/" target="_blank">Kambale Musavuli</a>, a native of the DRC, as well as spokesperson and student coordinator for pro-democracy group <a href="http://www.friendsofthecongo.org/" target="_blank">Friends of the Congo</a>, explains the implications.</p><p style="margin-left: 1in;">&nbsp;</p><p><strong>For more context on the elections, watch these videos:</strong></p><p><strong>Millions of voters headed to the polls despite rampant violence. Here's raw footage of the chaos:</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vpM3uglE714" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>There have been widespread reports of election fraud. Here's one from <em>Al Jazeera</em>:</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2Yzj1Fw5-zg" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/millions-congolese-vote-despite-intimidation-and-violence-94421 Worldview 11.29.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-112911 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-november/2011-11-29/congo1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After 33 years of rule, Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, handed over power to his deputy. <a href="http://pages.towson.edu/cschmitz/" target="_blank">Charles Schmitz</a>, president of the American Institute of Yemeni Studies, says the move won't change much. This week, millions of Congolese voters headed to the polls despite widespread violence and reports of ballot stuffing, bribery and fraud. <em>Worldview</em> gets an update from Kambale Musavuli, student coordinator and spokesperson for <a href="http://www.friendsofthecongo.org/" target="_blank">Friends of the Congo</a>. Also, Indonesian domestic workers in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other countries around the world often face horrific working conditions. <a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/08/08/anis-hidayah-indonesia" target="_blank">Anis Hidayah</a>, director of Jakarta-based Migrant Care, tells <em>Worldview</em> what's needed to protect Indonesians who cross borders to support themselves and their families.</p></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-112911