State, city urge public to report instances of voter intimidation at the polls

Voting at City Hall
Voters wait in line outside Philadelphia City Hall to cast their early voting ballots at the satellite polling station on Oct. 27, 2020. Photo credit Mark Makela/Getty Images
By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Ahead of Election Day, state and city authorities are urging the public to report incidents of voter intimidation or interference.

Philadelphia police will be wearing body cameras on Tuesday as they circulate throughout the city, working alongside prosecutors to respond to any calls of voter intimidation.

“Being hollered at, being threatened, someone trying to block your path who is large physically,” described Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. “If it appears a crime is underway, we are going to get that person arrested and we’re going to charge them.”

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wellbrock, one of 90 Philly prosecutors working in the Election Task Force, said they’ll also be watching for voter interference.

“Whether it’s to convince a voter to vote a certain way or just to not vote at all, the election code covers every situation,” he said.

Statewide, campaign greeters must stay 10 feet away from the entrances of polling places. Police and law enforcement must stay about 100 feet away unless they are called because of an issue. Certified poll watchers inside the building can only watch with their eyes, no cameras.

“Any voter who feels intimidated at the polls should report it immediately to their county board of elections, to their county district attorney,” echoed Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar.

Each county has its own hotline, but voters across the state can report any issues by calling 1-877-VOTES-PA.

So far across Pennsylvania, more than 2.2 million mail-in ballots have already been submitted.

The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m.