ALLENTOWN, Pa. – A number of Lehigh County officers are expressing outrage to an announcement of a crackdown on county voters who do not observe the foundations at poll drop bins.
The plan from District Lawyer Jim Martin would have officers monitoring safety footage of drop bins, and would even have plainclothes officers monitoring websites in-person to ensure folks aren’t illegally dropping off multiple poll, however a number of officers now say that is a transparent instance of voter intimidation.
A letter opposing the plan included the names of two Lehigh County Commissioners and Lehigh County Controller Mark Pinsley.
“I believed voter intimidation instantly,” mentioned Pinsley.
Voter intimidation, as a result of he mentioned threatening folks with fines or jail time for illegally handing over another person’s poll would make some folks keep house.
“I perceive what the regulation is, nonetheless the explanation that he put this out was merely to intimidate voters, or a minimum of that is my notion,” mentioned Pinsley.
However Martin disagrees, saying the officers would not be intimidating in any respect.
“They will not be in uniform. You would not have the ability to distinguish them from anyone else. So it is hardly in any means intimidating to a voter, and admittedly I resent the implication,” mentioned Martin.
Martin mentioned he is merely imposing the regulation, which incorporates penalties for somebody caught handing over one other particular person’s poll illegally.
“The statute requires a superb of as much as $2,500 or imprisonment of as much as two years on the discretion of the decide,” mentioned Martin.
Pinsley mentioned he is working to seek out out if there’s any method to cease the deliberate surveillance.
“I will be talking with the Commissioners. I’ve already been talking to a few them, and I wish to see what we are able to do to cease this from occurring,” mentioned Pinsley.
However Martin mentioned one motion Pinsley has already proposed can be a mistake.
“He is made some assertion to the impact that he may search to withhold the salaries of any detectives who can be concerned in that. If he would do this, I’d additionally sue him civilly,” mentioned Martin. “He is enjoying with fireplace when he makes these reckless feedback.”
69 Information additionally realized that three native Democratic legislators are drafting laws in response to Martin’s plan that may make it authorized for a partner or relative to show in another person’s poll, however that may not have the ability to cross earlier than subsequent month’s main.