PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As election day approaches, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the Committee of Seventy are finalizing their plans to keep watch over the election process.
District Attorney Seth Williams says his Election Fraud Task Force will be ready to respond quickly to voter complaints on election day.
“We have two shifts of Assistant District Attorneys and County Detectives that are awaiting telephone calls and are dispatched to go out in teams to respond to any problems that Philadelpians may have,” Williams said.
The Task Force hotline is 215-686-9641 or 9643.
Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh says if you see any irregularities….speak up..
“First thing is to say something to the election boards. That’s what they’re there to do and that is really the first line of defense,” he said. “Second, call the DA’s office quickly, explain what’s going on and I know they’re dedicated to solving those kinds of problems.”
And Thornburgh says one common election day headache is easily avoidable.
“Voters ought to do themselves a favor and check their registration and their polling location before they head to the polls,” he said. “You can do that lots of different ways. Our website, seventy.org is one way to do that. It helps smooth things considerably, if you do that.”
If you are a first time voter, Thornburgh says you will need to present ID at the polling place.