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Traffic Court hopeful questions the vote count

Running fourth in the Traffic Court race even though he had the top ballot spot, Warren Bloom wants authorities to investigate what happened.

Warren Bloom, who ran fourth and out of the money in the race for three seats on Philadelphia Traffic Court, wants election officials and criminal prosecutors to take a closer look at the results.

Unofficial returns based on voting machine totals show that all three Traffic Court seats went to the candidates endorsed by Democratic City Committee ­– Omar Sabir, Marnie Aument Loughery and Donna Derose ­– despite their relatively low ballot positions.  Bloom had the top ballot spot but got only 9,420 votes, while Sabir got 23,010 votes, Derose 14,292 and Aument Loughery 12,736.

"The high numbers that these candidates received doesn't jibe with the low turnout," Bloom said. "I'm challenging the integrity of the count and I've contacted the district attorney." He said he was planning additional complaints to city and state election officials.

Bloom, 60, got more pre-election publicity than most of his opponents, for a 1992 guilty plea to a charge of indecent assault, for an incident involving a 14-year-old girl, unpaid business and real estate taxes totaling $20,000, and a campaign rap routine that included the phrase,  "I'm from the 'hood, I'll do you good."

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