Philadelphia DA office calls polling violation tweet ‘deliberately deceptive’
A tweet claiming to show a polling violation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been retweeted more than 8,000 times on election day. The tweet is misleading; the city’s district attorney’s office said an investigation had shown there was no breach of state guidelines.
The tweet includes images of a sign on a Philadelphia high school being used as a polling location.
“VOTE PHILLY FIRST,” the sign reads, advertising the Democratic candidates for the US presidency, congressional representative, Pennsylvania attorney general, auditor general and treasurer.
But the office of District Attorney Lawrence Krasner tweeted that the claim is “deliberately deceptive.”
“Members of our Election Task Force have investigated this allegation. This polling place is located in an interior room and the sign in question is further than 10 feet from it,” the tweet said.
Pennsylvania’s Department of State requires that “electioneering material must be located at least 10 feet away from the entrance to the room where voting occurs,” referring to campaign pamphlets or paraphernalia.
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