Residents in Delaware County learned that their signatures were forged on nomination petitions for the upcoming congressional race. Nearly two-dozen of them, discovered their signatures on nomination petitions that they have never before seen, until it surfaced on Facebook.
Paul D. Addis, a 2018 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania is under scrutiny after locals realized their signatures wound up on his nomination petitions.
“We have been informed that a number of Philadelphia Democrats – who changed their registration to Republican a few weeks ago – may have forged the signatures of Republican Upper Darby residents on candidate nominating petitions for Congress,” the Upper Darby GOP wrote on Facebook. “If you see anyone you know, please ask them if its their signature. Let us know if there are any forgeries.”
“(The petition) is the first step in the nomination process,” a former prosecutor told YC. “The integrity of the process is important on every level. It has to be the same as the integrity of the ballot box. This isn’t some sophisticated scheme to try and defraud the electorate. I think anybody looking at that petition who had an ounce of brains would have realized that the petition was askew.”
“Look at that signature it’s nowhere near mine! My parents are on here, just spoke with them both, they did not sign this,” Diane McNamara wrote. “In fact, my dad was in NY working on this date.”
Nearly two-dozen residents took to Facebook stating that their signature was forged on Addis’ nomination petition.
If the allegations against Addis are true, he could face misdemeanor counts of forgery, false swearing, false signatures on a nomination petition and fraudulent filing of a nomination petition.
Copies of the petition are available most Delaware County Republican Party Facebook pages.
We reached out to the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office but they were not immediately available for comment.
If you believe your signature was forged on the petition, contact Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division Special Investigations at 610-891-4243.
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