Massachusetts election officials are investigating another suspected case of voter fraud after two voters in the ultra-liberal immigrant city of Lawrence reported that someone had illegally voted in their names.
One voter, who did not want to be identified, told local news outlets that when he went to the polls to vote in the city’s municipal election on November 7th he was denied, with an official claiming he had already voted with an absentee mail ballot. A second voter, Rosalis Gonzalez, reported that an absentee ballot was mailed in her name and contained a forged signature.
During an investigation by the secretary of state, video evidence shows a woman approaching one voter’s mailbox and pilfering through mail in search of an absentee ballot, which she takes before leaving the home’s porch. Officials are still trying to ascertain the woman’s identity.
Secretary of State William Galvin, a Democrat, said the investigation would conclude before the winning candidates begin their new term in January.
“We’re on it. The minute we heard about it today we took action. We’ve had a history of sending people to jail when they commit crimes. That’s what we’ll do here,” he said.
New England, one of the most liberal regions of the nation, is home to several alleged election fraud attempts that occurred earlier this month. In Springfield, Massachusetts, a Democratic city council and candidate for mayor is accused of orchestrating a plan to pay homeless residents $10 apiece if they showed up on Election Day to cast a vote for him. And in Bridgeport, Connecticut, a judge has ordered a second Democratic primary election after an infamous Democratic ballot harvester with a lengthy criminal history was caught on camera dumping hundreds of mail-in ballots into a drop box against the law.
Mainstream media outlets generally report that instances of voter fraud are extremely rare, though the latest slew of cases bring additional scrutiny to absentee voting and mail-in ballots, both of which significantly increased and were expanded in practice during the COVID-19 shutdowns. The Republican National Committee has stated its intention to begin training conservatives on how to match Democrats in success with harvesting ballots, a sign that while GOP voters may find the practice ripe for abuse, it may be here to stay in some parts of the country.