PHILADELPHIA - The Republican Party said dozens of legally credentialed minority voting inspectors were removed from polling places in Philadelphia on Tuesday, reports being looked into by investigators with the District Attorney's office.
State GOP Chairman Rob Gleason said 75 Republican election workers were prohibited from accessing polling places in the heavily Democratic city, prompting the party to seek a court order. The incidents, Gleason said, ranged from judges of elections refusing to seat minority inspectors to reports of Democrats saying "No Republicans will be allowed in the polling place."
Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Seth Williams, says the office is investigating a series of complaints regarding such minority voting inspectors. She did not have specifics on what kinds of complaints there were about the minority voting inspectors, but said the office was fielding a higher volume of complaints than normal.
A message left with the state's Democratic Party was not immediately returned.
The Committee of Seventy, an election watchdog group, also says it's dealing with issues of Republican inspectors being denied access to polling places in the city. The group said authorities were dealing with "a host" of minority inspectors being denied access to their polling places in Philadelphia.
The group also reported there were "You need a photo ID to vote" signs at a number of polling places in the city; it asked election judges to remove the signs immediately.
Last month, a state judge ordered the state's new voter ID law put on hold for this election. Under the law, voters will be asked to show ID, but it is not required to vote. Only voters appearing for the first time in a polling place must show ID, but that also includes things such as a bank statement or utility bill.