No Republican tricks at polls: McCain camp
WASHINGTON – A flier warning that Republicans could try to intimidate voters on Tuesday in the battleground state of Pennsylvania drew a sharp rebuke from John McCain’s camp.
The flier circulating in Lancaster County tells voters to be on alert for attempts to challenge their eligibility, according to McCain backer and former Sen. John Danforth.
He said the flier warns students and “people of color” they could be targeted, and some people might be told they cannot vote if they did not cast a ballot in the primaries, are delinquent on child support or have outstanding parking tickets.
Danforth said the idea that Republicans will attempt to intimidate voters is “absolutely false.”
“These are practices that are flatly repudiated by the McCain-Palin campaign,” he told reporters via conference call.
“It’s possible to create a lot of smoke by alleging things that are just flatly untrue and are not happening,” he added.
McCain backers are concerned, however, about the potential for voter fraud. Danforth mentioned the community group ACORN, which Republicans seized on after workers were accused of faking thousands of voter registrations.
See something suspicious? The McCain camp has set up a phone line for voters to report fraud, intimidation or other problems at the polls.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Bourg (Voters arrive to cast absentee ballots in Maryland)