‘You’ll be prosecuted:’ City task force ready to tackle voter intimidation in Philadelphia – NBC10 Philadelphia

Philadelphia officials showed a united front ahead of the 2022 midterm elections on Tuesday, ensuring a “safe and democratic” vote across the city.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office leads a task force of law enforcement officers and officials to deter voter intimidation and Election Day crime.

“Anyone who wants to intimidate the vote in Philadelphia is subject to charges and serious charges,” District Attorney Larry Krasner said. “We’re going to be working 16-hour shifts and we’re going to be out on the streets making sure everything goes smoothly.”

The task force urges those who are having trouble or see something wrong to call 911 or 215-686-VOTE (9641).

“We know the ballot counting process will be slow and will take several days because the legislature, unlike other states, voted to start the process only after Election Day,” Krasner added. “We will be attentive to everything, no matter which party you belong to.”

Krasner referred to two individuals, from another state, who arrived at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on Election Day on the last day while armed. He said they were prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Krasner also said the January 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol signaled to his office that there should be increased security on Election Day.

“Anyone who thinks it’s time to commit a crime. Anyone who thinks the way to handle votes is with bullets and guns, well, we’ve got handcuffs for you. We’ve got jail cells for you” , said Krasner.

For his part, Mayor Jim Kenney stressed the importance of maintaining a safe electoral process while praising the work of poll workers.

“We have to be patient because they will count every vote and we want them all to be counted,” Kenney said.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw added that the number of uniformed officers on the streets will increase, but with some limits. “By law, our staff cannot be near a polling place if they are not within 100 feet, especially since we are armed,” she said, adding that “we have people they can contact if there is a problem”. problem and we will be ready to get to where these problems are recorded.”

Outlaw revealed that uniformed officers will use their body cameras.

For all the candidates, issues and important dates voters should know in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, go to NBC10 Decision 2022 page. You’ll find tools to help you navigate the midterm elections, including when to vote and who will be on your ballots in the November general election.

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