Allegations of election fraud are flying in Chicago’s 13th Ward, the place a 19-year-old pupil operating for alderman accuses the town’s Democratic Social gathering machine of utilizing soiled tips in a bid to take away his title 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 try to cease his candidacy.
Quinn is backed by Illinois Home Speaker Michael Madigan, one of many high Democrats within the state.
“We definitely want to point out the machine that they can not simply bully individuals 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 mentioned 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 point out the machine that they can not simply bully individuals round anymore,” Krupa instructed the outlet. “I definitely consider there’s election fraud dedicated, sure.”
Michael Dorf, Krupa’s legal professional, mentioned the allegations of falsified affidavits and oaths cross a line.
“There are a variety of methods to be a troublesome campaigner, there are a variety of methods to battle arduous inside the guidelines, however if you begin submitting false oaths, false affidavits, that crossed the road,” he mentioned.
Krupa and his legal professional additionally mentioned 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 instructed that it was for one thing it wasn’t for, or coerced into doing it someway, and we really had lots of people who messaged me and mentioned that was the case they solely signed as a result of it was dropped at them thrice a day for every week,” Krupa instructed 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 towards Michael Madigan, Marty Quinn and each considered one of their precinct captains.”
However regardless of the alleged election fraud and receiving demise threats, the political newcomer mentioned he received’t be deterred.
“It’s not gonna cease me one bit from attempting to reveal the machine for what they’re, and to reveal them for what they’re able to,” Krupa instructed WGN-TV.