Election worker admits to voter intimidation, fraud

Pennsylvania's top prosecutor cautions voters ahead of primary

Kristen Johanson
May 09, 2018 - 6:57 pm
Amber McAlister votes during the New York presidential primary election at the Lutheran Church on Winton Road.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An election worker has admitted to intimidating voters during a special election last year. The state attorney general wants this case to serve as a warning to those who try to tamper with the upcoming Pennsylvania primary.

Thurman George, 59, pleaded guilty to third-degree felony election fraud charges, while working as machine inspector in North Philadelphia's 197th District in March 2017.

"People were literally forcing voters to vote a certain way," said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

It was a small group lying to voters about candidate choices, he noted.

"Three of those four individuals who we charged have pled and accepted the responsibility for their conduct during the election," Shapiro added. The third worker who confessed will go to court in June.

George has been sentenced to five years probation and cannot vote for the next four years. 

Shapiro said for the May 15 election, if you see something, call it in to authorities.

"We will root it out wherever we find it, and we will hold people accountable," he said, "no matter what party they're from, no matter where they are from in the Commonwealth."

The Attorney General's Office also released a new voter integrity guide, which you can view here

Shapiro said this is a warning to election workers — and to the public.

"People rely on us to make sure that their elections are free and fair. It's really paramount to our democracy, whether they are electing a local state representative, a governor or a president," he said.