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Voter Fraud Signs at Polls Lead to Complaint

Advocacy group offers $1,000 reward for voter fraud tips. Critics call it a form of intimidation.

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EASTON - Signs offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to voter fraud convictions have popped up around Easton.

At the South Side Senior Center, Mark Willis -- constable for the 10th ward -- thought they were inappropriate. After consulting with the elections attorney on site, Willis yanked it out of the ground.

"It's something that might be intimidating or considered intimidating, to dissaude voters from coming in and placing their votes," Willis said.

The signs -- which were also spotted at the Easton Area Neighborhood Center -- were made up by a group called Pennsylvania Commercial Action Network.

PACAN, which describes itself as a non-profit and non-partisan business advocacy group, has also placed "Replace Obamacare" billboards around the state.

"Doing the right thing by reporting election fraud, which hurts everyone, is a civic responsibility that comes with its own reward," PACAN says on its website. "But, we'd like to let individuals know that there are folks out there who will support you and are very thankful you are willing to come forward, because not everyone will."

The Express-Times notes that Easton area Democratic activist Joe Welsh has filed a formal complaint over the signs with Northampton County. Tom Harp, the county's director of administration, told the Express that judges of election would remove any signs they encountered.

"We are aware of them," Harp said. "Regular signs are permissible but that one in particular does kind of cross the line."

Tom Coombe November 07, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Nived, can you e-mail me at tom.coombe@patch.com?
Nived1012 November 07, 2012 at 03:42 AM
I called WFMZ and they said "we'll have to look into that, thank you". Unbelievable. Mind you this was the third polling place I was at since I couldn't be found in their books elsewhere. Finally after sitting on hold for 25minutes with Lehigh county at 730pm(polls closed in 1/2 hr) I was told to try Northampton because my registration was "cancelled" In Lehigh. Ultimately I was able to vote at the next stop. However I was appalled (at the West Moravian church) to see a women (3rd person that night) turned away by the church volunteer when she said she had no ID. I loudly told him that was illegal to do and he said no. I began walking out telling others and he said I was wrong. Completely disheartening to see such confusion and human error in this century of e-taxes and "there's an app for that". How 'bout letting people vote online!!!!
Fia Feller November 07, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Thank you Mark Willis for filling a formal complaint about the voter fraud signs, I saw two of them outside the neighborhood center on Easton's South Side and was appalled. The seemed designed to make people afraid and concerned (about a non-issue) rather than proud and engaged while voting.
Fia Feller November 08, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Meant to say...thank you Mark Willis for removing the signs and Joe Welsh for filiing a formal complaint. I wonder if there was a constable and poll watchers at the Easton Area Neighborhood Association?
Buonsenso November 10, 2012 at 01:14 PM
When you move to a new residence and go to vote at a new polling place for the first time, you are REQUIRED to show proper ID before you can vote. It's a law that has been in place for decades. You simply over-reacted and tried to make a story out of nothing.

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