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Northampton Co. GOP goes to court over refusal to announce voters' names

EASTON, Pa. - The Northampton County Republican Party filed a petition in court Tuesday, asking a judge to force election workers at a polling place in Easton to announce voters' names, as required by law.

Hearing the names allows poll watchers to record each person casting a ballot and possibly challenge a particular voter, but party officials said poll workers in Easton's 9th Ward were refusing to announce the names.

That prompted the Northampton County GOP leaders -- Robert Kerr, chairman; Tm Carroll, vice chairman; and Antonio Simao, treasurer -- to file the legal challenge with Judge Paula Roscioli, who then ordered the names be announced, said Brian Monahan, attorney for the GOP.

An official with the Northampton County elections office could not be reached for comment on the legal challenge and judge's order, however, a Lehigh County elections official told 69 News that Lehigh County does not comply with the law because it causes voters to complain about their names being announced.

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