Allegations of election fraud are flying in Chicago’s 13th Ward, the place a 19-year-old pupil operating for alderman accuses town’s Democratic Occasion machine of utilizing soiled tips in a bid to take away his identify from the poll.
David Krupa, a DePaul College freshman who’s making his first foray into politics, claims that 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn and his supporters are attempting to cease his candidacy.
Quinn is backed by Illinois Home Speaker Michael Madigan, one of many prime Democrats within the state.
“We definitely want to indicate the machine that they cannot simply bully folks round anymore … I definitely consider there’s election fraud dedicated, sure.”
Krupa says Quinn’s supporters dedicated election fraud after he gathered 1,703 petition signatures, surpassing the 473 signatures required to run for alderman.
However even earlier than he submitted the signatures, the present alderman’s supporters submitted affidavits from 2,796 individuals who stated they wished to revoke their signatures for Krupa – a distinction of greater than 1,000 signatures, Chicago’s WLS-TV reported.
“We definitely want to indicate the machine that they cannot simply bully folks round anymore,” Krupa advised the outlet. “I definitely consider there’s election fraud dedicated, sure.”
Michael Dorf, Krupa’s legal professional, stated the allegations of falsified affidavits and oaths cross a line.
“There are quite a lot of methods to be a troublesome campaigner, there are quite a lot of methods to struggle exhausting inside the guidelines, however once you begin submitting false oaths, false affidavits, that crossed the road,” he stated.
Krupa and his legal professional additionally stated that solely 187 of the individuals who signed a revocation affidavit additionally signed his petition to run for alderman.
This implies greater than 2,600 signatures had been allegedly fraudulent.
“They needed to have been advised that it was for one thing it wasn’t for, or coerced into doing it by some means, and we truly had lots of people who messaged me and stated that was the case they solely signed as a result of it was delivered to them 3 times a day for per week,” Krupa advised the outlet.
He added that within the occasion of him being kicked off the poll, he’ll take authorized motion. “If we get knocked off the poll due to the election fraud that is occurred right here, we’re 100 p.c submitting a federal lawsuit in opposition to Michael Madigan, Marty Quinn and each certainly one of their precinct captains.”
However regardless of the alleged election fraud and receiving loss of life threats, the political newcomer stated he received’t be deterred.
“It’s not gonna cease me one bit from making an attempt to reveal the machine for what they’re, and to reveal them for what they’re able to,” Krupa advised WGN-TV.