WATCH: GOP poll watcher gets kicked out of voting site

A Republican poll watcher in Philadelphia is barred from entering a polling site (Will Chamberlain via Twitter)

Warnings of shenanigans in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania apparently were justified, with reports of a Republican poll watcher barred from entry, the discarding of Trump ballots and the distribution of Democratic voting guides at a polling site.

In Philadelphia, city commissioners are investigating
poll watcher report.

The Daily Caller reported a video posted by Human Events editor-in-chief Will Chamberlain showed the poll watcher, Gary Feldman, asking two poll workers, “So you’re not letting me in?”

One of the workers replied, “No.”

“Call the police, do it,” the male poll worker told Feldman. “If you legal, call the cops.”

When Feldman explained he had a citywide watcher’s certificate, the female poll worker insisted “it’s not for this location.”

However, Feldman’s certificate states that it “authorizes the individual to watch in any ward/division in Philadelphia.” It further states that every candidate or party is allowed one poll watcher per voting room at a time.

A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Election Day Operations, Rachel Tripp, told the Daily Caller that Feldman’s experience at the polls “is one of over a dozen instances of election interference reported across Philadelphia in just three hours since polls opened this morning.”

“These blatant, desperate, and illegal attempts to prevent certified Republican poll watchers from ensuring the integrity of the electoral process is clearly a last ditch effort by desperate Democrats to influence the election through obstructive and dishonest means,” Tripp said.

Also in Philadelphia, Democratic operatives were caught handing out Democratic voting guides to people in line to vote.

And illegal signs urging people to vote for Democrats were seen at a polling place in Northeast Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Republican Party reported a polling place in Northeast Philadelphia was not opened at 7 a.m. as scheduled, forcing people who had to go to work to leave.

Voting machines were reported down in Westmoreland and Philadelphia Counties, which are both pro-Trump strongholds.

NOQReport highlighted an unconfirmed report on Twitter of an Erie, Pennsylvania, poll worker, Sebastian Machado, boasting of throwing out more than 100 Trump ballots

A screenshot shows an account, @omg_seabass, claiming to help turn Pennsylvania blue.

The Post reads: “Been working at a poll station in Erie county, PA all morning. A lot of people have already voted today 🙂 I’ve thrown out over a hundred ballots for trump already!! Pennsylvania gonna turn blue 2020!!”

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Australia’s Victoria reports no COVID-19 cases for fifth straight day

November 3, 2020

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s coronavirus hot spot of Victoria state on Wednesday reported zero COVID-19 cases for the fifth straight day as states began easing regional border restrictions, raising prospects of a faster return to normal.

South Australia on Tuesday said it would reopen its border with Victoria in two weeks, while the country’s most populous state of New South Wales is expected to take a decision on border restrictions later in the day.

Victoria last week ago allowed restaurants and cafes in state capital Melbourne – home to 5 million people – to reopen after more than three months under a stringent lockdown but gatherings remain under tight control.

Australia has recorded just over 27,600 novel coronavirus infections, far fewer than many other developed countries.

Victoria, the second most populous state, has accounted for more than 90% of the country’s 907 deaths. No deaths have been reported in the state in the last week.

(Reporting by Renju Jose. Editing by Lincoln Feast.)

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‘Praying that Biden wins’: Asylum seekers hold their breath as U.S. votes

November 3, 2020

By Lizbeth Diaz and Laura Gottesdiener

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) – In a makeshift refugee camp just across the border from Brownsville, Texas, Oscar Borjas and a few friends are planning to gather on Tuesday night to watch anxiously as results from the U.S. presidential election roll in.

Borjas, a Honduran asylum seeker who has spent the last year living in a cold and unsanitary encampment in Matamoros, Mexico, is not a U.S. voter.

He is among the tens of thousands of migrants whose lives have been upended by the Trump administration’s immigration policies – and who are now praying for Republican President Donald Trump’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, to win the election.

“We’re all hoping for Biden,” he said.

From Tijuana to Matamoros, asylum seekers stranded along the border by the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy are holding their breath as Americans head to the polls. Over a dozen interviewed by Reuters say they believe a Biden victory would offer them a better chance of escaping dangerous Mexican border towns and entering the United States while pursuing their asylum cases.

“I’m here praying. I’m not religious but I’m still praying that Trump’s forced out,” said Yuri Gonzalez, a Cuban asylum seeker who has spent more than a year and a half stranded in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, as he waits for his asylum claim to be processed by U.S. courts.

“A man who’s spent four years separating families and fueling racist violence doesn’t deserve to be president,” he added, speaking as he cut hair in the barber shop where he works.

The Trump administration has enacted a series of overlapping policies, including “Remain in Mexico,” that have made it all but impossible to request asylum at the U.S. southern border.

Link: https://graphics.reuters.com/USA-TRUMP/IMMIGRATION-PROFILES/gjnvwjbldpw/

The administration says these measures, including “Remain in Mexico,” have succeeded in curbing immigration to the United States and discouraging “false asylum claims.”

Some migrants interviewed by Reuters were well aware that Biden has promised to end the program “Remain in Mexico” on his first day in office. Others were not familiar with his name.

But from coast to coast, more than a dozen asylum seekers were unanimous: anyone but Trump.

“I don’t know all the policy proposals of the other candidate who isn’t Trump, but I know he doesn’t think the same way,” said Santos, a Honduran asylum seeker in the western city of Tijuana who declined to give his last name. He said he encouraged all his family members in the United States to vote against Trump.

Many asylum seekers, including Santos, expressed anger not only over “Remain in Mexico,” but over other immigration-related issues, particularly the separation of families.

“I came here by myself out of fear that the same thing could happen to us,” said Santos, explaining that although he fears for the safety of his children back in Honduras, he also worried they might have gotten lost in U.S. custody if they were separated from him.

Back on the other side of Mexico, Borjas is planning to hold his Election Night “watch party” on the concrete steps next to the refugee camp’s cell-phone charging station, since the encampment’s hundreds of asylum seekers live in tents without electricity.

“Biden’s wife came here to Matamoros and promised to help us, and that’s the hope we’re holding onto,” he said.

(For an interactive look at Reuters polling, including on the U.S. election, open https://polling.reuters.com/ in a separate browser)

(For an interactive graphic on where Trump and Biden stand on the issues open https://graphics.reuters.com/USA-ELECTION/POLICY/ygdpzwarjvw/ in a separate browser)  

(Multimedia U.S. election coverage  https://www.reuters.com/world/us-election2020)

(Reporting by Laura Gottesdiener in Monterrey and Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Matthew Lewis)