Officials In Philadelphia Ready To Monitor Election Day Activities, Problems At Polls

By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — City, election, and good government officials want to make sure everyone behaves around polling places on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says there’s no reason to believe election day won’t be “safe and orderly,” but in case of problems, his assistants and county detectives will be at the ready in mobile units.

“We will have 60 members of our staff that will respond to any call of voter intimidation or question at the polling place,” Williams says.

Committee of Seventy President Zack Stalberg’s election watchdog group has recruited and trained 800 volunteers to fan out in the five-county region.

‘It’s beginning to look like a messy election,” Stalberg says.

Among the misinformation issues so far…

“Polling places moved that weren’t really moved,” says Stalberg, “or straight ticket voting.’

Stalberg senses Pennsylvania has “moved back into swing state status” in a Presidential race that is now “neck and neck.”

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