Supporters of the secular and Zionist Orthodox endorsed candidate Eli Cohen, who lost to Rabbi Moshe Abutbul in the October 22 election by less than 1,000 votes, launched a campaign to have the election results voided and a new election held. And the evidence they have collected so far is staggering.
Dead Men Voted: The Scope Of Haredi Beit Shemesh Voter Fraud Continues To Grow
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The alleged haredi voter fraud in Beit Shemesh two weeks ago was so widespread and so well organized that Israeli police transferred the investigation into it from its Jerusalem branch to its special national investigation unit Lahav 443, which specializes in high level crimes, including public corruption.
Police had already found about 200 IDs belonging to Israelis living overseas and haredim from extreme anti-Zionist sects that do not vote along with wigs and various types of hats (to mimic various haredi sects) in the possession of 8 haredim on election day. The alleged ringleader of that group is Yishayah Brand, reportedly a close confidant of Rabbi Moshe Abutbol, the Sefardi haredi Shas Party member who is the mayor of Beit Shemesh.
Brand was arrested along with 7 others, all reportedly haredim. Six are now reportedly on house arrest; two – including Brand – are still in jail.
Supporters of the secular and Zionist Orthodox endorsed candidate Eli Cohen, who lost to Rabbi Moshe Abutbul in the October 22 election by less than 1,000 votes, launched a campaign to have the election results voided and a new election held. (It is also reportedly possible that the results of few polling stations where heavy fraud was discovered could be annulled.)
Cohen's supporters have been collecting reports of voter fraud and irregularities that they say benefited Abutbol. According to Ha'aretz, this is what they have found in addition to what the police are already investigating:
• A number of residents went to vote and were told that they had already voted.
• Dead people voted.
• People overseas voted.
• Cohen ballots were intentionally damaged and then disqualified by Abutbol's operatives.
• Votes were miscounted in Abutbol's favor.
• The head of a polling station committee was caught stealing all Cohen ballot slips and putting them in his pocket.
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