Lehigh County DA announces charges against judge accused of election tampering in June primary

Written by on October 6, 2020

 Lehigh County DA announces charges against judge accused of election tampering in June primary 

By Genesis Ortega

October 6, 2020

Seth Perlman/AP

The Lehigh County District Attorney’s office announced charges yesterday against an Allentown election judge who is accused of altering ballots in the primary election earlier this year.

Lehigh County DA Jim Martin says Ericka Bickford is charged with two election code violations; insertion and alteration of entries in documents, and prying into ballots. 

The charges follow an investigation into a complaint filed by Enid Santiago, a state House candidate for Pennsylvania’s 22nd district, which covers part of the city of Allentown. She was running against incumbent Peter Schweyer and lost by 55 votes.

Santiago said Bickford tampered with ballots at an Allentown polling location.

Bickford has admitted to darkening up to 30 ballots, but says she did not change any choices. Bickford turned herself in to authorities Monday and was released. She has a court date scheduled for the end of October. 

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