The upcoming presidential election will have its fair share of hurdles. Absentee ballots sent by mail-in voters will be in the millions, and some question the reliability of this process.
Furthermore, we’re seeing other concerns regarding the casting of ballots, even in person. Very often, there are voting officials that monitor the casting of ballots.
But it seems Philadelphia city officials don’t like the idea.
And as a result, President Donald Trump has called out the city for its dismissal of what are called “poll watchers.” Republicans say poll watchers ensure the integrity of an election.
However, Philly apparently doesn’t want poll watchers at their satellite offices (though they haven’t explained exactly why).
Now, the Trump campaign is sending a strong message (via Fox News):
The Trump campaign is prepared to file a lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia, following a difficult first day of voting across multiple satellite election offices on Tuesday.
A potential lawsuit would be filed against the Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners over their alleged refusal to admit poll watchers into satellite offices to observe the voting process.
Trump 2020 deputy national press secretary Thea McDonald also added that Philadelphia election officials are “intentionally avoiding accountability and hiding their voting system.”
She also said both the Trump and Biden campaigns have a “statutory right to have watchers observe the voting process to ensure voting locations are being run properly.”
Despite this, election lawyers claim there is no state law that supports such a right. Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar dubbed the Trump campaign’s statements as “absolutely inaccurate.”
Philadelphia has already experienced plenty of voting issues, though.
For example, voters have reported waiting for hours before being able to cast votes. And then there was a problem with the voter database, which halted the processing and approval of mail-in ballots.
Republicans and Conservatives are pushing for more organization and policing of the election systems. That will be essential for November, of course.
As for the poll watchers, the President issued the following statement during the first presidential debate:
In Philadelphia, they went in to watch – they’re called poll watchers – a very safe, very nice thing.
They were thrown out, they weren’t allowed to watch. You know why? Because bad things happen in Philadelphia, bad things.
- The Trump campaign has threatened to sue the city of Philadelphia for not allowing poll watchers at satellite voting centers.
- Trump’s deputy national press secretary Thea McDonald said it’s a “statutory right” for watchers to observe the voting process.
- The state of Philadelphia claims there’s no law that supports this claim.
Source: Fox News