“When (Forsyth) became aware of the issue, contact was made with the State Commissioner of the Bureau of Elections,” she said. ‘The instruction given by the (commissioner) was, if you have been made aware of the issue, you must make the change right away, so that it complies with the LRC’s final adopted plan.”
"Last week, Leo J. Scoda, chairman of the borough’s Democratic Committee and former mayor, complained about a decision to move one of the borough’s precinct’s, 477 West 1, out of the 157th district into the neighboring 155th Legislative District.
Scoda accused the Chester County Office of Voter Services, which ordered the move on Oct. 1, of meddling in party politics through the action. Phoenixville has a strong Democratic voter base, which would favor the challenger, businesswoman Marian Moskowitz of Tredyffrin, who is trying to unseat GOP incumbent Warren Kampf of Tredyffrin.
'In a last minute scheme to hijack the competitive race in the 157th House of Representatives District, the Republicans in the Chester County Voter Services have decided to move voters out of the 157th and into the 155th just 34 days before the general election,' Scoda said in a press release. 'This action would essentially discount affected citizens’ primary election votes in the 157th. The vote is set to be a close one between the two in November and a change like this, a month out, could decide the election.'
'This kind of political game undermines and puts a stain on the election process,' he stated. “It stands to shift the political landscape of the region without consent of the voters involved.”
"In predominantly white Chester County, Pa., Lower Oxford East Township contains the largest concentration of African-American voters, largely because of Lincoln University, one of the oldest historically African-American universities in the country.
The township made national news following the 2008 presidential election, when some voters were forced to wait literally all day in pouring rain in order to vote. Many voters had to leave without casting their votes, disenfranchised by inadequate polling facilities. Despite numerous warnings before the election that the cramped polling place would cause problems, the County Board of Elections had refused to change the location of the polling place – a tiny community center that could accommodate only two lines of voters, a small number of privacy booths, and a single ballot scanner. And even after the 2008 fiasco, the Board of Elections rejected a petition to move the polling place to the campus of Lincoln University, where it had previously been located for years.”