Election fraud task force: What you should know before casting your vote

Steve Tawa
November 02, 2018 - 3:46 pm

Steve Tawa | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Calling Tuesday "the most important midterm election in a generation," Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is deploying an election fraud task force to respond to any problems when the polls are open.

Krasner says about 60 Assistant DA's and about 20 detectives will be pre-stationed throughout the city, responding to any voter fraud or other below board shenanigans at the polls.

“This task force was established in 2014, to investigate and prosecute any allegations of Election Day criminal activity,” Krasner said.

A member of the task force, Assistant DA Andrew Wellbrock, says most of the complaints center on electioneering, trying to persuade people to vote for a particular candidate or political party. These no-no’s include wearing campaign material or handing out election material too close to the door or the inside of the polling place.

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“A reminder to voters, you can be ten-feet away from the front door of the polling room,” Wellbrock said. “So that may differ from the exterior of the building where you go vote. If there's a separate enclosed interior-area where the voting is occurring, that's where the ten-feet applies.”

He says some of his colleagues will be staffing hotline numbers - 215. 686-9641, 9643 or 9644.

“We'll have five assistant district attorneys answering phone call complaints from voters, election workers, or any interested party,” Wellbrock said.

Lisa Deeley, Chairwoman of the City Commissioners who run the election, says they too have an important number – 215-686-1590 - if you have questions, need additional information, or want to report an issue.