PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia’s satellite election offices continued to attract voters Wednesday after President Trump tried to cast doubt on their legitimacy at Tuesday night’s debate. The accusations even motivated some voters rather than discourage them.
There was a steady stream of voters at Temple University’s Liacouras Center, including Trenee.
“Oh, I’m coming in to vote. After watching the debate last night, I figure I better do it now before more of these proud brothers show up at the location and cause more fear,” she said.
She was referring to the president’s apparent call-out to a white supremacist group, shortly before he accused Philadelphia of “bad things,” because the city commissioners are not allowing people describing themselves as poll watchers into the offices.
“They are not polling locations. Poll watchers are only appointed at polling locations. These are not polling locations,” explained city Commission Chair Lisa Deeley.
Deeley said the commission has stationed a sheriff at each office, recognizing the need for security, and no one else besides staff and voters is allowed inside. Former marine Clifton Jefferson said the debate didn’t change his vote but it motivated him to get it in early.
“It's going to be a madhouse here, come the third,” he said.