Election 1944: ‘Phantom voters’ probe requested (9-19-44)

The Pittsburgh Press (September 19, 1944)


‘Phantom voters’ probe requested

Washington (UP) –
Rep. Francis J. Myers (D-PA) today asked the Special House Committee Investigating Campaign Expenditures to check the list of registered voters in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, for “phantom voters.”

Mr. Myers said he requested that the county’s entire voting list be checked following reports that Delaware County commissioners planned to investigate lists of 14,000 newly registered voters in Chester and 2,500 in Upper Darby, both in Delaware County. Charges have been made, he said, that this investigation of only a small part of the voting list is “wholly political” with the intention of “aiding or influencing the election of certain candidates.” Mr. Myers is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, opposing Republican Senator James J. Davis.