(NEW YORK) -- Election day is still hours away, but already complaints about voter fraud, intimidation and dirty tricks have emerged in key battlegrounds like Nevada, Florida and Pennsylvania.
In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, supporters of Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy and his Republican challenger, former congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, are sparring over absentee ballots, with Democrats alleging a disproportionate number of absentee ballot applications from Democrats are being disqualified by the Republican controlled county board of elections.
A Daytona Beach city commissioner was arrested and, along with his campaign manager, charged with committing absentee ballot fraud in Florida.
In Minnesota, Democrats have charged that billboards in St. Paul and Minneapolis are intended to scare minority voters away from the polls. The billboards paid for by Election Integrity Watch depicts people behind bars. The same group is offering a $500 reward for tips that lead to convictions of voter fraud organizers.
The high stakes battle in Nevada between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle has prompted several allegations of cheating, including that Angle supporters who tried to vote early claimed the machines were rigged to cast their vote for Reid. Angle's campaign has also charged that Reid's people held an event at which free food was allegedly offered to people in exchange for their going to vote, which would violate federal election law.
In past elections, the accusations and early outrage have often outstripped the evidence. Nevertheless, Republicans and Democrats are lawyering up for the coming legal dogfight.
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