Obama Mural at polling place not covered, GOP poll watchers evicted
Developing story – will be updated as new information is available:
In a stunning rebuke of election law, a Philadelphia polling center has refused to cover a pro-Obama mural despite a court order to do so. Adding insult to injury, GOP poll-watchers at several locationa have been kicked-out at least one female inspector was “physically removed.”
The mural (image right) is on the wall of a polling center in the 35th Ward, 18th Division and was ordered covered by Judge John Younge today in response to an oral petition by lawyer Linda Kerns on behalf of the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee.
The order states that the mural must be covered “it its entirety with blank paper or other similar material so that the content of the mural is invisible in its entirety for the duration of the election.”
GOP, court-appointed election inspectors have been removed from at least 15 locations and reports state that some have been replaced by Democratic poll watchers and perhaps even New Black Panther members. A new court order has been issued to force poll officials to allow those inspectors back into any and all polling places in the state.
Update: The Mural has been partially covered, but not fully
Some time between 2:15 and 2:30 the mural was partially covered by polling center staff, but not in a manner fully complying with the court order (image below).