Lawyers for the Green Party and the Republican Party (yes, you read that right) are joining in a lawsuit asking a federal judge to throw out the results of a special Pennsylvania House election in a North Philadelphia district last month. The suit says the election, won overwhelmingly by Democrat Emilio Vasquez, was marked by widespread voter intimidation and election tampering. “I’ve been practicing election law in Philadelphia for 12 years,” GOP attorney Linda Kerns said. “And what happened that day is the worst case of election code violations in Philadelphia history, and I think that’s saying a lot.”
It was a strange election in which the only candidate on the ballot in the overwhelmingly Democratic district was Republican Lucinda Little, because the initial Democratic candidate was knocked off the ballot when a judge concluded he didn’t live in the district.
That left the Democrats waging a write-in campaign for their new candidate, Vasquez, just as Green Party workers were asking voters to write in their candidate, Cheri Honkala.