Election 1940: 'Ghost Votes' Cast, U.S. Probers Told (10-18-40)

The Pittsburgh Press (October 18, 1940)

’GHOST VOTES’ CAST, U.S. PROBERS TOLD
Chicago, Oct. 18 (UP) –

Witnesses testified today before a two-man Senate subcommittee investigating alleged Chicago vote frauds that dead men and inhabitants of vacant lots exercised the suffrage and that the votes of “flophouse” denizens could be had for “two bits and a drink apiece.”

The testimony was given by a parade of volunteer witnesses before Senators Lister Hill (D-AL) and Clyde Reed (R-KS), whose first hearing coincided with the arrival of Maurice Milligan, new director of the Justice Department’s nationwide fraud investigation.

Mr. Milligan said the national investigation would not be made a “political football” and promised to push the Chicago investigation to completion “even if it took three years.”

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