Allentown’s 22nd House race too close to call, rocked by allegations of voting irregularities

Written by on June 9, 2020

Allentown’s 22nd House race too close to call, rocked by allegations of voting irregularities

By Chloe Nouvelle

June 9, 2020

The Democratic Primary for Pennsylvania’s 22nd state house district appears to have gone to incumbent Peter Schweyer, by 57 votes. WLVR’s Chloe Nouvelle has the latest on the contested Allentown race.

While the results have not been certified the current voting tally suggests incumbent Peter Schweyer has his party’s nomination. But he’s not officially declaring victory yet. 

I’ll put out a formal statement once the election is certified because of  how close it is. But I know that the race is over and that we won,” said Schweyer.

Enid Santiago, Schweyer’s democratic challenger, has not conceded. Her campaign is alleging acts of voter suppression and intimidation on election day – and has filed two formal complaints with the county. 

“Number one…that I witnessed myself, which was that the government center when I saw the judge of elections filling in an empty ballot.” 

Judge of elections Erika Lynn Bickford denies the allegations.

“I wasn’t taking blank ballots. Those were ballots that voters had already filled out. And the machine was having a problem accepting. All I was doing was darkening the dots. And that’s all I could do. So the machine would accept them.” 

Santiago’s second formal complaint involves incorrect provisional ballots at the Lanta bus station polling site. The candidate says she won’t concede until the investigation is complete.


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