Woman charged in alleged Election Day fraud

PHILADELPHIA - February 20, 2014

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office announced Thursday that 65-year-old Dianah Gregory has been charged with Fraud by Election Officers, Tampering with Records, Criminal Mischief, and Tampering with Voting Machines.

The investigation alleges that William Thompson, a candidate for "Judge of Election," observed a voter visibly upset while leaving the Ethel Allen School polling site located at 31st and Lehigh Avenue on Election Day. The voter allegedly told Thompson that Gregory had entered the voting booth and attempted to make a "write in" vote on the voter's behalf.

An examination of the voting booth revealed that the name "Dianah Gregory" was written in marker next to the button to select a "write in" candidate.

When confronted, Dianah Gregory allegedly admitted that she wrote her name on the voting machines, saying she did it so that voters would know how to spell her name.

Dianah Gregory surrendered to authorities Thursday morning.

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