Archive for May 10th, 2017

ON PRIMARY DAY ELECTION FRAUD TASK FORCE WILL BE READY FOR VOTERS

May 10, 2017

Hotline will take calls at 215-686-9641, 9643, or 9644

PHILADELPHIA (May 10, 2017) – Once the polls open on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Philadelphians can call the Election Fraud Task Force at 215-686-9641, 9643, or 9644 if they see or experience fraud at the polls. The Task Force will have 57 Assistant District Attorneys (ADA) and specially assigned detectives available to address any Primary Election Day concerns.

“As in past elections, we will have ADAs deployed throughout the city before the polls open and Task Force members stationed in Philadelphia’s Central Election Court to respond to any Primary Election Day concerns,” said Kathleen Martin, First Assistant District Attorney.

The Election Fraud Task Force will coordinate its efforts with the City Commissioners and Philadelphia’s Central Election Court to respond to any election-related concerns. As always, if the need arises, the Task Force can enlist additional ADAs on Primary Election Day to respond to emerging issues. Typically, the Task Force is asked to respond to allegations of illegal voting, candidate write-in issues, refusal of election boards to recognize poll watcher certificates, intimidation, illegal electioneering, and illegal voting assistance.

In March, the Election Fraud Task Force launched an investigation into the 197th Legislative District Special Election. That investigation, which is being conducted in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, is still ongoing.

The Election Fraud Task Force was created in 2014 to investigate and prosecute allegations of Election Day criminal activity. The Task Force continues to be part of the District Attorney’s Special Investigations Unit and is staffed by ADAs and detectives. The office will be issuing Primary Election updates via its Twitter account while the polls are open.

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