Saturday, April 25, 2015

Delaware County Democrats claim intimidation at some polls

Republicans checking in voters outside polling places have Delco Democrats crying 'foul.'

Delaware County Democrats claim intimidation at some polls

Delaware County Democrats are claiming that Republicans are intimidating voters with tables that are set up outside polling places. Republican campaign workers are manning the tables and are asking for voters' names and party affiliation.

"The Republican are acting like it's an official check in sheet," said Democratic strategist Tom Hickey. "You walk up and they say 'What's your name?' But it's not an official place."

Hickey said officers from the Delaware County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to three sites in Ridley Township to dismantle tables. The sheriff's department did not answer calls requesting confirmation and comment.

Hickey expects the officers will be making several more appearances through the county.

"We'll probably find a lot more in Upper Darby," Hickey said.

He said Republicans set up similar tables in 2004.

"We called it voter intimidation then," Hickey said.


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