Jim Geraghty is reporting that the Pennsylvania GOP is saying that Democrat Mark Critz was out campaigning in polling places today, which is not allowed. Critz is running against Republican Tim Burns in a special election to fill the seat of the late John Murtha (PA-CD12):
Republican Party of Pennsylvania Spokesman Mike Barley released the following statement regarding Democratic Congressional candidate Mark Critz campaigning inside polling places in Cambria County.
“I guess Mark Critz has picked up some pointers from President Barack Obama, namely Chicago-style politics,” Barley said. “Reports have come in from voters who have seen Mark Critz showing up and campaigning inside a number of polling locations all over Cambria County.” (see the attached photo of Mark Critz electioneering inside the Westmont 6 polling location in Cambria County)
“Get out of the polls Mark! Your presence breaks the law, intimidates voters and election workers and could influence the outcome of this election.
“If Mark Critz refuses to follow the law as a candidate, how can we trust him to represent the people of the 12th Congressional District in Pennsylvania? There is no room for these types of Chicago-style politics in southwestern Pennsylvania.”
Democratic Congressional candidate Mark Critz was spotted campaigning inside a number of Westmont polling locations in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
According to the Pennsylvania Election Code, 25 P.S. Section 3060, campaigning inside the polling place is illegal.
(C) No person, when within the polling place, shall electioneer or solicit votes for any political party, political body or candidate, nor shall any written or printed matter be posted up within the said room, except as required by this act.