Constables are required to serve at all elections per PA Act 49, Section 7152 – from the opening of the polling place and while the votes are counted.
Preserve peace and order.
Ensure the polls open at 7:00am and close at 8:00pm.
Ensure access to the polls.
Quell any disturbance.
Ensure that voting activity is conducted properly.
Ensure that candidates and campaign workers remain at least 10 feet away from the entry to the polling place.
Keep clear any and all avenues to the door of the polling place.
Ensure that poll watchers are permitted in the voting area during the course of the election.
Enforce prohibition against campaigning in the voting area.
May be asked to keep campaign workers outside the voting area.
Remain ready to assist the Elections Judge if necessary.
Constables are the only law enforcement officers allowed at a polling place during an election. PA law requires that all other uniformed or plain-clothes police officers and peace-keepers (including Sheriffs, local police, and State Police) remain 100 feet or more from the entrance of a polling place. The only exceptions are when the officers are voting, or when called upon by the Judge of the Elections to address a specific problem listed in the Election Code.
What the U.S. Constitution Declares about our Natural Inalienable Right to Vote
Amendment XV: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
Amendment XIX: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Amendment XXIV: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.”
Amendment XXVI: “The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age.”
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