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'Observers Fear Integrity Is Compromised' Amid Widespread Voting Chaos in Battleground Pennsylvania: Reports

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The integrity of the election in the battleground state of Pennsylvania is already being questioned online amid numerous reports of potential Democratic malfeasance and other chaotic issues with voting.

Of those issues, there are fears the votes might be compromised by Democrats blocking poll watchers and allowing campaigning for party candidates outside of precincts.

Most of the issues are being linked back to Philadelphia, where voting integrity has been an issue in past elections.

The Philadelphia Republican Party noted a number of reported issues in the city on Twitter on Tuesday.

The Philly GOP Twitter page claimed that four hours after polls had opened, there were reports of “[v]oters being turned away from polls for wearing Trump gear.”

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Additionally, according to the account, Republicans reported not receiving provisional ballots, while Democrats were receiving them with no issue.

But the alleged issues are not isolated to Philadelphia, as voting machines statewide are reported as being nonoperational, and some voters were reportedly being segregated into lines by their political party.

In another tweet, Philly GOP advised, “North Philadelphia: poll watcher DENIED entry. DEMOCRAT committee person seems to be running election board. Will not allow watcher in, said she is calling her ward leader — who has NO official standing.”

Other posts on Twitter claimed to reveal signs of electioneering for Democrats in close proximity to polls, which is illegal.

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In response to one of those posts, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office tweeted: “Members of our Election Task Force have investigated this allegation. This polling place is located in an interior room and the sign in question is further than 10 feet from it. This tweet is deliberately deceptive.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if this was the case in similar instances of this phenomenon as well.

Wall Street Journal contributor Stephen Moore also reported in Allegheny County, “[e]lection officials blocking observation of absentee ballot processing. One official at site allegedly boasts the system is designed to block ballot observation. Source says observers fear integrity is compromise.”

Conservative social media commentator Will Chamberlain also shared video purporting to show a Republican poll watcher being denied entry into a Philadelphia precinct.

GOP attorney Harmeet Dhillon has assured voters that Republican attorneys are on the ground in Pennsylvania and are ready to intervene on behalf of voters who might feel disenfranchised by apparent Democratic interference.

On the issue of a Republican-affiliated poll watcher being falsely denied entry into a Philadelphia precinct, Dhillon assured voters such situations are being monitored closely.

“Don’t believe Democrat propaganda today. We have multiple lawyers on the ground observing civil rights violations and handling them as we go. If they persist, we will escalate,” she tweeted.

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell also shared video of what a user said was an “ILLEGAL sign [being] taken down in Pennsylvania.”

Grenell blamed Democratic state Attorney General Josh Shapiro for encouraging “chaos.”

Shapiro notably tweeted last week that President Donald Trump will “lose” the state on Saturday — before a single vote was counted in the state.

“If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose. That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process,” Shapiro tweeted.

“For the record, [Trump is] 0-6 against us in court. We’ve protected voting rights. Now, ignore the noise—vote!” the Pennsylvania AG added.

UPDATE, Nov. 3, 2020: This article has been updated to note that in at least one case of what social media users appeared to believe was “electioneering,” the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office tweeted: “Members of our Election Task Force have investigated this allegation. This polling place is located in an interior room and the sign in question is further than 10 feet from it. This tweet is deliberately deceptive.” It is unclear whether that was the case in similar instances of this phenomenon as well.

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Johnathan "Kipp" Jones has worked as a reporter, an editor and a producer in radio, television and digital media. He is a proud husband and father.
Johnathan "Kipp" Jones has worked as an editor and producer in radio and television. He is a proud husband and father.




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