Pa. prosecutors prepare for potential voter fraud or intimidation at the polls

Written by on October 23, 2020

Pa. prosecutors prepare for potential voter fraud or intimidation at the polls

By Sam Dunklau, WITF

October 23, 2020

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 file photo, Chester County election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election in the United States at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa. On Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that Pennsylvania election officials mailed out 1.8 million ballots but counted votes from more than 2.5 mailed ballots. The false statistic combines data from Pennsylvania’s June primary election, in which 1.8 million voters requested vote-by-mail ballots, and data from the general election, in which voters mailed back more than 2.6 million ballots that were counted. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Prosecutors across the state are standing ready to investigate any instances of voter fraud or intimidation at the polls.

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President Donald Trump has routinely been sowing doubt about election safety, even directly pointing out supposed instances of Pennsylvania voter fraud on the campaign trail.

But Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and Attorney General Josh Shapiro say there are multiple layers of security to ensure voter safety as well as a fair and free election.

Adding to such layers is a newly-available guidance sheet, outlining state election rules and what behavior voters should keep an eye out for.

County district attorneys like Stefanie Salavantis of Luzerne County helped put it together.

“This is more of a precautionary measure to make sure that there are no issues. I know that this has been a focal point for this election,” she said.

The information makes clear that certain things, like intimidating voters with firearms and tampering with ballots in any way, are serious crimes that will be prosecuted.

According to early voting estimates gathered by WITF, more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians have already cast their ballots.

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