Questionable Early Voting in Philadelphia
Drudge has the siren out again:
Before voting even began in Philladelphia — poll watchers found nearly 2000 votes already planted on machines scattered throughout downtown… One incident occurred at 2601 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, Pa: Ward 37, division 8… pollwatchers uncovered 4 machines with planted votes; one with over 200 and one with nearly 500… A second location, 1901 W. Girard Ave., Berean Institute, Philadelphia, Pa, had 300 votes already on 2 machines at start of day… INCIDENT: 292 votes on machine at start of day; WARD/DIVISION: 7/7: ADDRESS: 122 W. Erie Ave., Roberto Clemente School, Philadelphia, Pa.; INCIDENT: 456 votes on machine at start of day; WARD/DIVISION: 12/3; ADDRESS: 5657 Chew Ave., storefront, Philadelphia, Pa… Developing…
There may well be an honest explanation for this–perhaps they have legitimate on-site early voting–or it could be an attempt by one side to cheat. This is why we have pollwatchers.
Update (1012): There’s no legally sanctioned early voting in Philadelphia:
Before giving hope to any Pennsylvanians, let me quickly add that this state is doing its election the old-fashioned way. Polls open here at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., and voters must show up in person to cast a ballot, although the standard procedures apply for absentee voters whose ballots must be received by the county elections department by Friday, Oct. 29.
We’ll see what the story turns out to be. I’d prefer something more concrete than a Drudge blurb.
Update (1100): Drudge now has a story link up but no more information.