Philly DAs Office Opens Investigation into 197th Special Election
“After each election, the Election Fraud Task Force reviews all of the calls that come into its hotline and reviews the reports and evidence collected in the field by the specially assigned Detectives and Assistant District Attorneys,” First Assistant District Attorney Kathleen E. Martin said in a statement.
“On Election Day, the Task Force received approximately fifty calls to its hotline and responded to several dozen allegations of illegal activity at polling places across the 197th,” the release continued.
“We are very happy the District Attorney has taken this seriously. For years we have pointed out these issues specifically dealing with electioneering and the election board,” Philly GOP Chairman Joe DeFelice told PoliticsPA.
The Philadelphia GOP has been pushing that the issues the DA’s office is investigating occur in every election in the city, not just the special election.
The House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC) accused the GOP of trumping up the charges.
“It is a miscarriage of the democratic process to deprive the residents of the 197th of their representative for any longer than necessary. The Republican Party has been playing politics in this election since day one, and they should be ashamed of their blatant attempts to disenfranchise and discount the will of voters,” HDCC Executive Director Nathan Davidson said in an email.