Grand jury finds ballot fraud in NYC city council race – and releases report calling for changes to state election laws

Posted 10 days ago


A Staten Island grand jury is calling for changes to state election laws after recently discovered numerous instances of ballot fraud in a race for City Council last year, the New York Post reported.

Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon released the grand jury's 38-page report requesting changes to the state laws.

"This report should alarm all involved in the electoral process on Staten Island and across New York city and state, including the general voting public," McMahon said.

The report, which does not specify the race where the ballot fraud was found, stated that it did not have enough evidence to convict anyone of fraud.

It recommended several changes to New York voting laws, including requiring voters to show a government-issued identification when voting at the polls or by absentee ballot.

The grand jury also requested that the local boards of elections be required to have qualified experts to conduct forensic document examination of absentee ballot envelope signations.

Additionally, the report suggested banning absentee ballots and applications from being sent to addresses associated with a candidate's campaign.

According to the New York Post, sources stated that the grand jury investigated the 2021 Staten Island City Council GOP primary race between candidates Marko Kepi and David Carr. The election, which took place on June 22, resulted in a narrow win for Mid-Island Councilman Carr.

"This case is the poster child for the necessity of voter ID laws," Carr told the news outlet. "Unfortunately, the real victims here are the hundreds of residents whose identities and votes were stolen. And this will happen again until our state Legislature takes election integrity and security seriously."

Kepi faced ballot fraud allegations in the weeks leading up to Election Day. In early June 2021, Carr wrote McMahon a letter requesting that his office investigate Kepi for allegedly running an illegal ballot-harvesting and forgery operation.... (Read more)