Elections | Election night could provide a quick White House winner, or a flood of mail-in ballots and social division could delay results for weeks
by Jamie Dean
Posted 10/22/20, 07:16 am
On Election Day morning, thousands of Philadelphia police officers will wake to 12-hour shifts and watch 21 police districts for any trouble brewing in the City of Brotherly Love. But they won’t get within 100 feet of a polling place. State law doesn’t allow officers on-site unless it’s an emergency.
It’s a provision to make sure voters don’t feel intimidated and a common practice among many police forces across the country. Some states allow an officer to drive an unmarked car near a polling place on patrol, but most voters won’t recognize them.