Monroe County, PA | On Friday, September 9, Monroe County District Attorney E. David Christine, Jr. released a statement concerning the enforcement of election laws in advance of the 2022 midterms.
In the statement, Christine cites concerns that arose from the 2020 election including the nearly 300 people in a neighboring county, who voted by drop box, casting multiple ballots. In response, Christine has authorized the use of various forms of surveillance, informant tips, and in-person investigation.
“If we are to trust that the results of any given election are honest, fair, and truly represent the choices made by all qualified voters, then protecting the integrity of elections in our county is necessary. That’s why the legislature has enacted penalty provisions into the voting laws which seek to hold those violating the law accountable,” said Christine. “The further a vote is removed from the in-person casting of ballots at a duly constituted polling place on election day, the nearer is the potential of fraud or irregularity. That’s why during the coming general election I have ordered that law enforcement throughout the county keep a vigilant eye on any potential voter fraud. Strict enforcement of our voting laws will occur if we are presented with evidence of fraud. Hopefully, our efforts will deter any who seek to violate our voting laws.”
Christine also reminds voters that the drop box is considered a polling place. “As such, it is the voter, absent extenuating circumstances, who must cast their own ballot into the drop box. Casting another’s ballot is a violation of the law, except in those limited circumstances permitted by the Election Code,” said Christine.
Christine concludes with a call to protect the integrity of elections, urging any person who knows of possible voting law violations to contact the District Attorney’s Office and leave their tip, or other information. All information received will be treated confidentially. Read Christine’s full statement HERE.
Monroe County Office of the District Attorney
Phone Number: 570-517-3052