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.
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.
I have authorized the use of various forms of surveillance, informant tips, and in-person investigation. One of the more accessible targets of the fraudulent voter are the several drop boxes placed throughout the county. Voters are reminded 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.
During the last election cycle, a neighboring county determined that nearly 300 people voting by drop box cast multiple ballots. Any person who casts any ballot other than the one issued to that person could be in violation of the provisions of 25 P.S. Section 3553 which is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of up to two years and a fine of $2,500.00 dollars. Depending on the nature of the violation, even felony charges could be brought.
For our system to work, the integrity of our elections must be protected. Any person who has knowledge of possible voting law violations are encouraged to contact the District Attorney’s Office. Your tip or other information will be treated confidentially.
District Attorney E. David Christine, Jr.
Monroe County Office of the District Attorney
701 Main Street, Suite 200
Stroudsburg PA 18360-2073