A woman in Charleroi, Pennsylvania told local elections officials she saw five signs around their polling station set up to stop Democratic voters from parking close by.
The signs, saying, “NO PARKING FOR DEMOCRATS” and “WALK THAT WILL BE THE MOST WORK YOU DO ALL DAY” [sic] were mounted on barricades Tuesday morning, including one directly in front of her poll site. A picture of the sign taken by the woman, Erica Gust, picked up traction online after being posted by a friend, Lori Marks.
“She told me that she went to vote and there was that barricade that she showed me and four other signs with it, all saying that if you were Democrat, to park elsewhere,” Marks told The Raw Story Tuesday evening. “I just wasn’t gonna let it die, that’s all.”
When Gust returned to the polling site later in the day, Marks said, Gust told her the sign in front of the parking lot had been removed, but not the other four. Gust also reported that people were obeying the sign.
“Clearly there were a good bit of Democrats showing up and just parking across the street and walking, as the sign instructed them to do,” Marks said.
The people responsible for the signs have not been identified.
“I would think it would be illegal,” Marks said. “I would think that [whoever placed them] would be charged with something, or have to answer for it. I’m not understanding that with all these hijinks that have went on with this elections, why some pepole aren’t just being absolutely disqualified. I mean, when someone has just gone so far out of their way to cheat, I just don’t understand.”
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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