Emilio Vazquez, the Democratic leader of Philadelphia’s 43rd Ward, was sworn in Wednesday as the newest state representative for the 197th District after a special election that is being investigated by city and state prosecutors for alleged voter fraud. … Vazquez’s main two opponents, Republican nominee Lucinda Little and Green Party nominee Cheri Honkala, each vowed two days after the election to sue in federal court to overturn the results, alleging that voters were intimidated or misled by illegal electioneering in polling places. The Pennsylvania Republican Party and the Green Party last week again vowed to sue in a joint effort.
“What I saw on election day was absolutely appalling,” Little said Wednesday in another news conference with Honkala. “We are asking for a new special election,” Honkala added.
Linda Kerns, associate general counsel for the Philadelphia Republican City Committee, said the lawsuit would be filed Thursday.