Pennsylvania GOP: State poll watcher law unconstitutional

The current state law allows poll watchers to monitor locations only in the county in which they are registered to vote

Mahoning County sent about 14,000 of those mailers last year before 9,485 names from were taken off the voter rolls.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – With days to go before the presidential election, the Pennsylvania Republican Party has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the state’s law regarding poll watchers is unconstitutional.

The challenge comes as polls show a tight race between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. In recent days on the campaign trail, Trump has warned of “rigged elections” in “other communities,” including cities like Philadelphia.

The current state law was established in 1937 and allows poll watchers to monitor locations only within the county in which they are registered to vote. The lawsuit claims that because some electoral districts are not restricted to a single county, the law violates voters’ free speech.

Philadelphia Democratic Party chairman Bob Brady calls the lawsuit a “ridiculous” attempt at voter suppression.

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