Though Mr. Donald Trump – an admitted sexual predator who Thursday saw another woman come forward accusing him of sexual assault – has warned his supporters of voter fraud at polling places in Philadelphia and urged them to stand guard to prevent it, a message some have said could be misconstrued as intimidation and which has the potential of escalating into violent confrontations, Lt. John Stanford of the Philadelphia Police Department said Thursday afternoon that no officers, other than the undercover ones who patrol every polling place on Election Day, will be deployed on November 8th.
It appeared from the conversations that I had with Philadelphia officials about this matter that Mr. Trump’s coded-language set off no alarms.
Democratic City Councilman Mr. Mark Squilla, who represents Philadelphia’s 1st Councilmanic District and who spoke Thursday exclusively to Techbook Online, said he doesn’t expect to see violence on Election Day and even welcomed Mr. Trump’s supporters to observe the process and, if they can prove malfeasance, to state their case.
If supporters of the Republican presidential nominee do, indeed, choose to stand guard, “they’re really going to see” Philadelphia supporting the right for all people to vote, said the two-term Councilman, who doesn’t believe widespread voter fraud happens, or will happen, in Philadelphia, though he did concede that poll worker misconduct isn’t far-fetched.
Formerly a Philadelphia City Commissioner, whose job it was to ensure fair and free elections, Ms. Stephanie Singer, a Democrat, corroborated the Councilman’s statement, saying she doesn’t believe there will be fraud committed by any individual voter; but if fraud were to happen, it’d likely be executed by a poll worker, the majority of whom are “wonderful people who are volunteering to do the job.”
While Ms. Singer contends the type of voter fraud Mr. Trump describes isn’t possible, she did admit that there’s some election technology that is susceptible to hacking. For example, the voting machines used in Philadelphia could potentially be hacked so that a citizen’s vote appears to count for the unintended person.
In other words, voting machines don’t count the voter’s intent. Furthermore, because Philadelphia doesn’t use paper ballots, there’s no way to do a meaningful recount, said Ms. Singer, now a Portland resident who spoke only to Techbook Online about this subject.
“The reason Philadelphia should be voting on paper is so that when this kind of allegation is made, there’s a really solid defense to combat it, Ms. Singer, who thinks Mr. Trump is attempting to suppress the vote, said.
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