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November 08, 2016

PollWatch: Voter complaints at area polling places

Time: 7:40 a.m.

Location: University of the Arts building, 14th and Pine streets (Ward 5, Division 14)  

Complaint/Incident: One one voting machine operable. Others were "locked down" and city officials were "coming soon." About 50-75 people were in line.

Source: Voter via Reddit

Time: 6:25 a.m.

Location: Multiple locations.

Complaint/Incident: The Philadelphia Republican Party claims its court-appointed minority inspectors and poll watchers were refused entry at multiple locations across the city.

Joe DeFelice, chairman of the Philadelphia Republican Party, issued a statement Tuesday morning regarding the alleged refusals:

“As the polls open today, we are already seeing major issues at the polls. As happens every year in certain parts of the city where Democrats go unchecked, our court-appointed Minority Inspectors are not being sat and our poll watchers are being refused entry. Already before 6:45 a.m. we’ve had four Minority Inspectors refused entry across the city (Ward 16-2, 34-27, 66-27 and 40-3)In 28-3 and 52-4 our poll watchers aren't being let in. The question is: What would the Democrats running that polling station be looking to hide?"

Deputy City Commissioner Fred Voigt said that the issue was being taken up in election court, and that these types of issues were common during presidential elections.

Voigt added that the issues could be due to the fact that the party has more minority inspectors than they have ever hd before.

Source: @PhillyGOP