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."