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Reports of Voter Fraud, Voter ID Challenges, Irregularities Reported in Eastern PA

Election Day brought problems at polls in several areas of eastern Pennsylvania

EASTERN PA — Several reports of voting irregularities in Eastern Pennsylvania emerged on Tuesday, the day of the presidential election.

In Easton, signs appeared offering a A constable for Easton’s 10th ward removed one such sign staked into the ground after consulting with an elections attorney on site. The Pennsylvania Commercial Action Network, the same group that posted “Replace ObamaCare” billboards around the state, made the signs.

ID Requests
Many Easton voters also reported poll workers asking for their IDs, even though IDs are not required for this election cycle under the law.

Matthew Keeler, press secretary for the PA Department of State, said that's part of the plan. "Voters are not required to show an ID or to have one, but they are going to be asked if they have one by poll workers."

"We view this as a soft rollout for when Pennsylvania's voter ID law is in full effect next year," Keeler said.

Voters in Newtown encountered two large signs that said “Please Have Your Photo ID Ready." A member of the local Democratic Party said she encountered the signs at 7 a.m. at the entrance to the polling line and that some people were leaving because they did not have an ID. No one at the polling place, including the election judge, claimed responsibility for posting the signs.

Voters Turned Away

Some voters in South Bethlehem were forced to cast provisional ballots, in part, because a judge of elections didn’t follow proper procedures, according to some poll observers.

The judge allegedly passed out provisional ballots rather than place a call to the Northampton County Election Bureau to verify the voter’s registration status, according to Bethlehem City Councilman Michael Recchiuti, an attorney who was working as a poll observer for the Democratic Party.

Some voters walked away, Recchiuti said.

The judge in Bethlehem’s Fifth Ward, Dick Jones, said he didn’t do anything wrong.

“We could call 10 times and all we’d get was a busy signal,” said Jones, pointing to a cell phone on the table where he worked in the auditorium of the St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church. “We’re swamped.”

The presence of two polling stations in one building may have created some of the confusion, according to Joe Welsh of the American Civil Liberties Union of the Lehigh Valley.

Another problem: None of the workers at the Fifth Ward polling station spoke Spanish for a district that has many Spanish-speaking voters.

Challenges for Voters and Poll Watchers
In Philadelphia in overwhelmingly Democratic districts. Democrats denied this, but said the poll watchers main goal wasn’t to monitor potential voter fraud, but to suppress the vote and lower turnout. A judge ordered that the poll watchers be reinstated.

In Phoenixville, a Republican poll watcher challenged the eligibility of a voter who had an “inactive” voter registration status because he hadn’t voted in five years. The man left, later returned to the polling place with his ID and was able to cast his ballot.

Viral Touchscreen Video
There also have been technical issues with voting in Pennsylvania. One voter posted this video on Youtube of a touchscreen machine apparently incorrectly registering his vote for President Barack Obama as a vote for Mitt Romney.

Hurricane Sandy is also causing problems at the polls. In Philadelphia County, commissioners struggled to process 28,000 new registrations that came in after the hurricane caused election offices to shut down for two days.

In Montgomery County, Democratic County Commissioners Josh Shapiro, Leslie Richards, and their Republican colleague Bruce Castor said Tuesday afternoon that Election Day in the county is proceeding smoothly.

Voters Asked About Their Party Affiliation

Voters in Nazareth, Northampton County told Patch they were put off by a woman - possibly an RNC poll watcher - who asked them questions inside a polling place at Gracedale Nursing Home.

Voter Mark Cloeren said, "There was an RNC rep in the voting room asking each voter 'Republican or Democrat?' After a bit of a discussion she said she was asking whether you were registered one way or the other. But it came across more like she wanted to know how you were voting."

Another resident said the woman continued to talk with voters if they told her they were Republican. A third voter told Patch he found the situation odd and uncomfortable.

The woman was not at the polls when a Patch editor went there. The judge of elections at the poll told Patch she didn't hear any politicking in the room and didn't know who appointed the woman.

Any party or political organization is entitled to have watchers at any primary or election.


Have you seen or experienced voting irregularities in the state? Leave a comment below to let us know.

Nathan Weyer November 07, 2012 at 01:49 PM
@Kyle Tax and financial information has an audit trail, which makes it easy(ier) to secure. Voting, by law, is secret, which produces significant technical challenges to doing it online. It is an active area of research with no good method proposed that does not wipe out the 'anonymous/secret' element.
. November 07, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Even with all of the Republican dirty tricks and cheating (not to mention rigged voting machines that counted votes for Obama for Romney (on video) they still got CRUSHED. The best they have now is to talk about how a few old "black panthers" were hanging around polling places in majority black neighborhoods. Hail to the chief b!t@hes!
Nathan Weyer November 07, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Ok, you want facts.... Ever try to get an ID when you do not already have one? As people have pointed out, you need an ID for SS, and bank accounts, and credit cards, and driving, etc. Meaning if you do not have an ID already, then you do not have any of those things that require an ID, which in turn are often required to get one in the first place. Obtaining an ID when you are starting from scratch is time consuming and sometimes legally pretty expensive. Within your own framing you point out how important having an ID is for modern life. If all those things have not already been enough for someone to get an ID, if they already are having to forgo all that stuff, that is a pretty good indicator that obtaining one is not easy, otherwise they would have done it years ago.
Nathan Weyer November 07, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Ah straw men....
Smooch November 07, 2012 at 02:13 PM
This is absurd. You need to show an ID when using your credit card and getting into a library or anything else you do. But you don't think you need to prove who you are to vote?
Richard H in 2016 November 07, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Where oh where has JACK MINI MINSTER go? He has shown his true colors, not red but yellow!!!!!! Have a good day Jacky.
. November 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Come on man, there can only be one Richard H!
Smooch November 07, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Crushed? I wouldn't call 50% to 48% crushed...
TP November 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Hey Dick? Who is your Congressman in the House of Representatives?
Richard H in 2016 November 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Sorry buddy, just giving you props for your posts. I'll change it next post, that what Jack off would do. Enjoy!!!!!!
Ike November 07, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Ha , Tell Dick,, Oh he allmost got you . You found out while looking for it on the computer, and still cant find it ..... Dick... hEAD ON DOWN TO WEST CHESTER , aint that where the welfare office is?
Patrice Sidoione All That Salon November 07, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I encounter a sign asking for ID, was asked for ID, & I had the machine not record my vote properly on the first 2 touches!!! What bothered me about the signs & the request for ID was that it was a direct slap in the face of the rule of LAW...important in a stable society like the law or not it keeps us from rioting in the streets!!! I say to any judge that says I did nothing wrong to rethink that position as YOU did willingly, wantingly & knowingly with fore-thought (and possible conspiracy included) violate the law!!! That would be how the warrent would read if someone did any other violation of the law!!! These efforts at voter supression as it certainly is not about voter fraud...I believe the percentage of voter fraud in US is .0004% THat amounts to about nothing!!!...FAILED...I for one have lived long enough now to know I am a working person...I put one foot in front of the other...Do I not deserve to have the ability to simply live with my measure of prosperity??? I have found over numerous administrations that I prosper more when the Democrates are in office...Not to say they are perfect because self serviing Harlots are simply that...BUT the idea of serve in this country has become the select few (1% maybe) I am relieved to see that the people WANT & KNOW differently!!! Thank you everyone for voting, reporting & THINKING CLEARLY!!!
European American. November 07, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I have to resort to immature name calling because its like arguing with a third grader. U keep crying about showing someone any form of ID. its simple. pull it out and shut the fcuk up already. ur lucky u have the right to vote. u still have no argument y u shouldnt have to show.
TPaineCommonSense November 07, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Why are all of you arguing with an idiot who posts things by a screen name of "Heywood Joublomie"? Ignore button might be appropriate here.
TPaineCommonSense November 07, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Exactly.... you can also have respectfully said, this isn't law yet. But there were some shady people at some voting polls, which is just really sad.
TPaineCommonSense November 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM
You're an idiot. Learn the bill of rights. Everyone has a right to be a cry baby. DUH. And every American has a right to protest. Many of you on here need a lesson or two in American history. You're all pathetic.
TPaineCommonSense November 07, 2012 at 03:38 PM
How do I report a volunteer helper who was at my poll saying Republicans can park close to the door and democrats have to park down the street? I would like to report that, because, in the words of Chris Rock, "That ain't right!"
TPaineCommonSense November 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Corbett's fault, I am assuming.
TW November 07, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I also had to show ID, but it was because it was the first time I had voted in this voting district (Tredyffrin). It clearly said ID REQUIRED where other people had their sigantures from previous elections. Cant really fault the election workers for following what the page said. Sounds like you either A) Never voted in that disctrict before or B) fell victim to an error from higher up on the Voting chain. Just my $0.02
Justin S November 07, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Funny how the Right Wing (who I thought supports limited gov't??) doesn't mind when citizens are mislead by a gov't official asking for ID when the law doesn't require it. So you RWing'ers would therefore be OK if, for example, a township inspector was able to knock on your door one day and ask to see a permit for your finished basement, swimming pool, deck, fence, shed, etc. That, my friends, is not a sign of small government. Whether you willingly show your ID or not isn't the issue that us majority is, in your words, "crying about". It's if government officials are overstepping the law. Its not a good precedent to be set, whether in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, or the US as a whole. And if you think that is OK, then you may want to rethink your party affiliation.
Smooch November 07, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Our voting system is flawed - that is the jist of it. I know multiple people who's names were on more than one district's list. It should be electronic and you should have to swipe your ID to vote. How else can you insure people aren't voting multiple times or under someone else's name??
Richey H what do you know? November 07, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I heard from someone that JACK MINI MINSTER had a "thing" for Richard H. Hey Richard H, do you know what happened to JACK...........m...... off? You are a smart dude so maybe you may know. JACKEY is nowhere to be found. I hope he is ok.(yea right hope he did a Jackey Marlow aka Martling......
Richey H what do you know? November 07, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I voted for Mitt & I have a small wee wee, just like the Minster, Jack. Where oh where has Jack gone? Tom Fartman must know.....
Jim Strathmeyer November 07, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I'm from Pittsburgh and I choose to go nowhere near a door labeled "Vote straight Democrat" and a person outside assuring I vote Obama.
j November 21, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I am looking to file a formal grievance against the polls at Zion Church in Phoenixville. I have voted there at every election in the past 12 years. But, when I attempted to vote, I could not due to 'voter inactivity' (?!). Then guess what, they had NO provisional voting forms! I had to submit a mail-in ballot!!
Tim Again. November 21, 2012 at 10:06 PM
You can push all the buttons at the Funny Farm.
Bill November 21, 2012 at 10:17 PM
O Voter Fraud. Was it stolen or did he win? Wish list complete. More Senators check, same sex marriage check, legalize weed check, abortion on demand check, everybody hand getting greased check, check, check. Things that make you go Uhm... Came across this web site that is logging the voter fraud reported and investigated by news services. Click each link and read the articles if you have the time. http://obamavoterfraud.blogspot.com/2012/11/barack-obama-voter-fraud-2012.html?m=1 Pray, Pray, Pray
Anthony Wayne November 22, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I thought it interesting that the democrats did not win even one state that had required voter id. This might give a clue to the republican agenda over the next four years.
Morgan King November 22, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Yeah, that was probably because of the rampant voter fraud, not because it would take a Conservative state to pass those laws in the first place.
John Q. Public November 23, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Sweden's workers pay the highest taxes in the world!!! That model wouldn't work here, since only 1/2 U.S. population pay ANY federal tax. Yes, the 47% who avoid federal tax demand much, but you can only squeeze the working class just so much to pay for it all.

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