Election 2020

Election fraud complaints in Philly ‘lowest by a mile’ despite chaotic primary

The Philly DA’s office has fielded less than a third the usual number of complaints.

Voters wait in a socially distanced line outside their polling place in Philadelphia

Voters wait in a socially distanced line outside their polling place in Philadelphia

Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

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With less than four hours until the polls close, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has received just 18 complaints about election fraud-related claims.

It’s the “lowest E-Day volume by a mile,” said Jane Roh, a spokesperson for DA Larry Krasner.

Other recent Election Days have yielded with more than 50 complaints by the end of the day. Krasner held a press conference Monday to assure city residents their ability to vote wouldn’t be impeded by the ongoing global health crisis or waves of civil unrest that have raptured the city in the last week.

The city’s DAO Election Fraud Task force monitors complaints from 7 a.m., when polls open, to 8 p.m. when they close.

Roh said most of the complaints involved claims of electioneering. The task force also received calls about unlawful assistance inside the voting booth.

In response to each call, the prosecutor’s office either resolves the issue over the phone, or sends investigators to polling places to investigate claims. It’s as yet unclear how many of the 18 are credible.

Due to the pandemic, only one-fifth of the polling places are operational on Tuesday. The deadline to submit mail-in ballots has been extended to June 9, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office announced, as long as they’re postmarked by today.

The citywide curfew for this evening is 8:30 p.m.

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