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In the kind of case that seems relatively rare in the United States these days, 11 people in New Jersey have been arrested since Tuesday in a voter fraud investigation in connection with the Paterson City Council election in May, the state attorney general and criminal justice director announced on Wednesday. A 12th person was being sought by law-enforcement authorities on Wednesday night.

The investigation relates to the election of Councilman Rigo Rodriguez, who narrowly defeated Kenneth McDaniel. McDaniel was originally declared the winner, but the result was reversed after 49 uncounted absentee ballots were uncovered, according to WCBS-TV in New York. McDaniel raised questions of voter fraud, saying that ballots had been faked or tampered with.

In October, Superior Court Judge Thomas Brogan ruled that there was no evidence of impropriety in the election, but McDaniel appealed to Attorney General Paula Dow to investigate. This week, Dow found grounds for fraud, which could result in McDaniel ousting Rodriguez after all.

The 11 people who were arrested are accused of falsifying absentee ballots by writing in the names of voters without their knowledge, according to The Record newspaper. One woman is also accused of voting twice, under her married name and her maiden name. All 11 were issued complaint summonses and released, the attorney general said in a news release. They will be ordered to appear in court at a later date. The case is subject to presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment.

Rodriguez was quoted by WCBS as saying: "I got nothing to do with it. I'm just a candidate. People voted for me."

When asked if he thought voter fraud had occurred, McDaniel told WCBS: "Oh, yes. No question. There were too many irregularities."

One of the defendants, Dalia Rodriguez, told WCBS: "It's not true. I didn't do nothing wrong."

She said that she supported Councilman Rodriguez but that she was not related to him.

If convicted, the suspects could face penalties of three to five years in prison and a fine of $15,000 or five to 10 years in prison and a fine of $150,000, depending on the charges.

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nicoliegh

You know what I really love? I love that all the Republicans have to suffer for two more years! Atleast they won't pay attention to how they are benefitting from this president as clearly stated below but they don't have to lose in the end like we did with you know who.

December 02 2010 at 7:01 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
maggiemoe1950

My friend's, let me remind you, there America's future

December 02 2010 at 6:54 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
KATHY'S FREE

"GOD BLESS AMERICA!" Our military are fighting to protect our Liberties and Freedoms, some making the ultimate sacrifice, and from the office of President and down the ranks, there are irresponsible, immoral and greedy politicians, that use their position for empowerment and courruption in stealing from the honest, caring and hardworking tax payer! Have you ever heard of an "HONEST POLITICIAN?" Let's not forget how Bumbling Bush Jr had gotten into office? Remember Florida, his brother Jeb, his father former V.Pres/Pres, BJ Clinton and in the office of President, who was in their cabinets, Chenney and Rice! Remember Rudy Guiliani? We can continue going down the list of immoral and crooked politicians, but the most important thing "We The People," need to do, is stand up and protect our nation and its citizens! Laws need to be enforced and upheld!

December 02 2010 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ecm331

Pretty LAdy The FL election law states.. any ballot that can not be read SHOULD be cast out>>>> It says nothing about INTENT.. As your democrat fellow wanted>> A hanging chat is a BALLOT that can not be read. IT is the responsibility of the VOTER to make sure his/her ballot is complete and correct!!!! Remember the picture of the guy with a magnifying glass trying to read a ballot?? Read the law!!!!

December 02 2010 at 2:49 PM Report abuse +22 rate up rate down Reply
zeroagenow

God bless America, our troops and President Obama. Human greed will always result in crimes being committed by both parties, we can all be glad that they were caught.

December 02 2010 at 2:48 PM Report abuse -17 rate up rate down Reply
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cardinalfenceco

And they are all DEMOCRATS, even the writer of the article, imagine that!

December 02 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse +55 rate up rate down Reply
Cat

"I got nothing to do with it. I'm just a candidate." claims Rigo Rodriguez. One of the defendants, Dalia Rodriguez, said "It's not true. I didn't do nothing wrong." Sounds like they both failed their ESL classes.

December 02 2010 at 2:45 PM Report abuse +55 rate up rate down Reply
mtmid

Read the bio on the author of this article, Carla Baranauckas. You'll understand why there's no mention of "D".

December 02 2010 at 2:42 PM Report abuse +50 rate up rate down Reply
cordae 38

I am going to throw it out there, were these good citizens DEMOCRATS??? Why was the party involved not mentioned.??

December 02 2010 at 2:33 PM Report abuse +57 rate up rate down Reply
carlsonjh

Yes Dalia, you did do something wrong, you slaughtered the English language.

December 02 2010 at 2:26 PM Report abuse +44 rate up rate down Reply
cclawnj

So members of which party committed the fraud? (As if we couldn't guess.)

December 02 2010 at 2:24 PM Report abuse +45 rate up rate down Reply

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