In what has become a perennial problem, voters in Pennsylvania, primarily in Philadelphia experienced a number of election administration problems, voter fraud, voter intimidation, and machine problems during voting today:
Efforts to exclude Republican poll watchers in Philadelphia:
Joseph Defelice, Pennsylvania GOP chairman, says Democrats on the polling boards across Philadelphia are banning Republican poll watchers and minority inspectors from entering the poll sites.
Democrats in the polling places in Philadelphia "assisted" voters by helping them vote all-Democrat tickets and handing out Democratic literature in the polling place.
Mis-calibrated voting machines in Butler County:
Election judges in Clinton Township, Butler County confirmed there were issues with two of their eight automated voting machines. Most of the issues came when people tried to vote straight party ticket.
However, other said they specifically wanted to vote for Republican Donald Trump only to see their vote switched before their eyes to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“I went back, pressed Trump again. Three times I did this, so then I called one of the women that were working the polls over. And she said you must be doing it wrong. She did it three times and it defaulted to Hillary every time,” Bobbie Lee Hawranko said.The District Attorney in Luzerne County is asking the FBI to investigate machines changing votes from Trump to Clinton:
Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis has asked the FBI to look into complaints that electronic voting machines from across the county have been “flipping” votes before they were recorded.
Complaints began coming in Tuesday morning that ballots cast for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump were being incorrectly shown as votes for Democrat Hillary Clinton.This post will be updated as more reports of irregularities come in from Pennsylvania.
First update, US News reporting more illegal voter assistance for Hillary, possibly changing the votes of Russian speaking Jews in North Philly:
A Russian-language interpreter in North Philadelphia’s Ephraim Goldstein Arbor House, a polling place predominantly used by Jewish Russian-speaking retirees, was accused of directing senior citizens to vote for Hillary Clinton, a Republican poll watcher and a Republican lawyer told law-enforcement officials today. The interpreter spoke in Russian to elderly voters, the Republican lawyer, said. Both the poll watcher and the lawyer are Russian speakers.
“The Russian community in Philadelphia are largely highly educated people who immigrated here over 20 years ago,” Marks said, “and they all can read the word Hillary Clinton.”