Whoever misleads voters about the process of voting in Pennsylvania and voters rights ''will be investigated and very likely prosecuted,'' warns Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortes. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortés announced in a news conference in Harrisburg on Thursday that "whoever...misleads the voters about the process of voting in Pennsylvania and voters rights will be, will be, investigated and very likely prosecuted." Cortes's remarks came after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's warnings about the possibility of a "rigged" election on Twitter and at rallies nationwide. Trump has gone a few steps further in Pennsylvania, a state crucial to the Republican's fading chances of winning the White House. He has made direct appeals since August to recruit voters as poll monitors in the state on Election Day and has pointed specifically at Philadelphia as a city beset by voter fraud. Despite offering little evidence for any of his claims, Trump's "rigged" election message is resonating with his followers in this traditional battleground state where Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has opened up a wide lead.