Philly DA, Committee of Seventy vow to fight Election Day improprieties

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David Thornburgh (left) of the Committee of 70 and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams talk about Election Day measures. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

David Thornburgh (left) of the Committee of 70 and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams talk about Election Day measures. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

The presidential primaries in Pennsylvania and Delaware are less than a week away, and Philadelphia officials say they are keeping watch for people who might try to circumvent the rules.  

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said Wednesday his office will continue to make sure everyone who has the right to vote can do so without any problems.  His team will use social media to inform people of known problems.

“We are serious about protecting Philadelphians at their polling place and insuring their right to vote,” said Williams. “My office will also be sending out updates all day on our Twitter account, which is @philly_dasoffice.”

David Thornburgh, president and CEO of the election watchdog group the Committee of Seventy, said  his staff will help the district attorney’s team but need the eyes of voters for tips.  

“If you see something, say something — something out of bounds, some intimidation,  some potential illegal activity,” Thornburgh said.

Last year, Williams said, nine suspects were charged with Election Day violations in Philadelphia. Seven were convicted for voting multiple times, two for forgery, and one for intimidation.  Another case is still pending

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