November 4th, 2008
09:50 AM ET
13 years ago

GOP poll workers removed from some Philly polling places

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Several Philadelphia polling precincts had to remove non-authorized workers."]
Philadelphia (CNN) - At least six Republican election board workers in Philadelphia were told to leave their polling precincts because they did not belong to the party in the majority and had not received a court order to work on election day, Philadelphia County Board of Elections Supervisor Bill Rubin confirmed.

Rubin said the Election Board requires a court order issued by the Commonwealth Court in Philadelphia for those workers who are not elected to the post.

"The same thing happens in every election," Rubin added. "These are mostly minority areas that are heavily Democratic and there isn't a lot of Republican representation."

But Bill Porritt, a spokesman for the McCain-Palin presidential campaign, said the campaign might seek legal action.

"Election board officials guard the legitimacy of the election process and the idea that Republicans are being intimidated and banned for partisan purposes does not allow for an honest and open election process," Porritt said Tuesday.

Rubin said the Republican workers were headed to the courthouse Tuesday morning, and that some had already been issued the court orders needed to allow them to start work immediately.

Rubin said the workers were not official overseers or monitors at the precincts, but function as representatives at the voting tables for any voters who had questions.

The precincts affected include Philadelphia's 44th Ward, Divisions 12 and 13, 6th Ward, Division 12, and 32nd Ward, Division 28.

Filed under: Pennsylvania • Voter Problems
soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. redhead from Toronto

    If the Republican want a representative at the tables in a heavy Democratic area supposedly to answer questions, what do you think they are going to say? "Here, let me help you vote for Obama"? I don't think so.... Don't fall for their mularkey, stay the course, VOTE for BARACK OBAMA for the CHANGE America needs and wants. God bless.

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Let the Republicans whine! Elections must be fair, not just republican rigged & stolen again! BE VIGILANT!!! They will use ant tactic & trick to once again have all the power!


    Obama/Biden 08/12

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Misty

    No Way, No How, No McCain.

    The Republican's are not stealing another election.....It's against the law for them to be there without court order, so they needed to be shown the door.

    November 4, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Marius R Rowell

    Why is this a problem? Here in Louisiana all party poll observers have to be registered and show identification to work at polling stations, otherwise either party could stack polling stations with enough people to intimidate voters.
    The asnwer is as simple as the article states – go to the courthouse and get your court order, and then you can do your job lawfully. This is not partisan, just acting according to State laws.

    November 4, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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