Another day, another allegation of harassment against a vocal member of Save The Projects, the HHA tenants group opposed to demolition of the HHA for Carmelo Garcia's Vision 20/20.
File this one under alleged "attempted voter disenfranchisement".
Yesterday HHA resident Jessica Coco went to her HHA polling place to vote, and here is her account of what happened:
I was told I couldn't vote, because I didn't live there. The woman didn't ask me for my name or ask my address, but she did comment that I'm against Vision 2020. She knew enough who I was to know I'm against Vision 2020 because I didn't tell her. She refused to let me vote because she said I don't live here, because I'm a "crac". Twice she repeated this and stopped short before blurting out "cracker". It was comical, because she wanted to say cracker so bad, but was forced to stop herself twice. I threatened to call the police, but they laughed. Then they saw a witness listening to the conversation and they didn't know who he was. When they realized he was with me and I threatened to call the Sheriff's office & Board of Elections finally Arlette told the other woman who refused to give me her name that she has to let me vote, because I live there... Arlette talked about her son Dio, said he was Carmello's friend and how honest Carmello is and told me you can't put up any flyers without asking Carmello. Then she threatened to take down all flyers she sees throughout the HHA & tear them down, because she's the President of the Tenant organization and doing this on their behalf.Coco described the altercation as lasting "15 minutes" before she was finally allowed to vote.
How kind of the pollsters, to allow a registered voter in the United States of America to exercise her right to vote at her polling place! It warms the heart, doesn't it?
The name 'Dio' mentioned as the son of one of the pollsters allegedly obstructing Coco from voting, rang a bell.
GA recalls a 'Dio Braxton' being a heavy earner on the Occhipinti campaign. Is it the same Dio?
GA has no idea. But wouldn't it be ironic, if so?
We all know that a criminal complaint of voter fraud by the 2010 Occhipinti campaign was handed up to Paula Dow, the former NJ Attorney General. It contained allegations of cash exchange for votes, witness affidavits. So GA's looked through those ELECs enough times to recognize names that pop up numerous times- on a single ELEC report.
Speaking of Dio Braxton, he earned $700 as a "campaign worker" for Occhipinti in 2010 (4th Ward special election):
Then Braxton earned $635 as a "campaign worker" in Occhipinti's 2011 municipal campaign:
What a world! Allegedly.