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One occurred at Upper Darby 7-5 at Christ Lutheran Church. According to the letter, a county sheriff’s deputy entered the polling place, failed to identify herself with any information other than her name, demanded access to the poll books, tried to photograph the poll books, demanded that Democratic poll watchers show her their poll watchers’ certificates and when confronted as to her identity, raised her sweater to reveal her gun and sheriff’s badge and said, in an aggressive manner, “This is my identification.”

In the second, in Haverford 8-2, some plainclothes county sheriff’s deputies, with their badges prominently displayed, were handing out Republican literature near the entrance to the polling place and not adhering to the 100 feet distance from polling places as required by law.

“That letter was written as a partisan act,” he said. “There’s not a thing we can do to investigate those problems because there’s no specifics. No one’s named. There’s not one specific fact for us to be able to follow up on. It’s a script for a YouTube video, that’s all it is.

“In the meantime, we get a call from Democratic headquarters that the judge called us to complain that there’s a deputy sheriff there,” he said, adding he questioned why the judge didn’t call him. “Finally, I get to talk to the Judge of Elections and she says she went to class and said she was to call the Democrats. The problem was she didn’t call us. She was instructed to call Democratic headquarters and she did. Apparently, Mr. Parks is aware of separate classes being run for judges and inspectors by the Democratic Party.”

“When I do the training of those lawyers, I specifically instruct those lawyers to have the Judge of Elections contact the Board of Elections on Election Day about a wide variety of issues,” Parks said. “A lot of the problems that we see are not because there’s some gray area in Election Code law. A lot of the problems is because the Judges of Elections don’t understand what the election laws are.”

“I don’t think it’s legal under the Pennsylvania Election Code,” he said. “Taking sheriff’s deputies and using them as your communications vehicle is a major point of concern.” With regards to the letter being a political ploy for a video, Parks denied that.

“I don’t want the sheriff to have any partisan image or participation that might be seen by the public to be partisan,” Sanders said. “I want to make sure that no deputy put intentionally or otherwise would intimidate anybody at a poll in a uniform. We’re not there for the party, I’m here for the people of Delaware County. I did not mean at any time … to infringe on anyone’s ability to vote or take part in the election process.

Sanders confirmed that a second memo was issued Friday after he consulted with the assistant solicitor assigned to his office but declined to release the memo, citing he wanted to keep it as interdepartmental communications. In discussing the contents of the second memo, Sanders said he did not want to infringe on anyone’s rights and that he only wanted deputies at polling places in uniform if they were assigned there by him on behalf of the county Board of Elections.

In addition, Catania said the Board of Elections sent the sheriff a letter dated April 25 asking for four workers for Election Day assistance as well as help delivering election supplies to various precincts. As of Thursday, he said they had not received a response from Sanders.