Commentary: Something Rotten in Pennsylvania

An October 29 story in the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that election officials in several Pennsylvania counties were debating how to alert voters that their mail-in ballot might not meet state requirements. “Officials across Pennsylvania are trying to help voters fix mail ballots that would otherwise be disqualified because of technical mistakes in completing them, creating a patchwork of policies around how—or even whether—people are notified and given a chance to make their votes count,” reporter Jonathan Lai explained. Some jurisdictions were contacting voters directly; one county, according to the paper, sent the “flawed” ballots back to the voters.

But there was a much bigger story behind Lai’s article: Election officials clearly violated the law by inspecting mail-in ballots before November 3. According to Pennsylvania’s election rules, county election boards were required to “safely keep the ballots in sealed or locked containers” until pre-canvassing legally began at 7 a.m. on Election Day.

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Dem House Candidate in Pennsylvania Special Election Derides Trump’s Increasingly Popular Tax Cuts

Republican National Committee (RNC) officials this week tweaked a Democratic candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania for knocking President Donald Trump’s tax cut reforms even as polls show its popularity on the rise. Democrat Conor Lamb (pictured above), who is seeking an open seat in the House of Representatives in a…

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