Friday, May 24, 2024

The Battleground State Of Pennsylvania Is In Turmoil

Pennsylvania has been in the news a lot lately, but unfortunately none of it has been good.

Let’s start with the mind-numbing debate between Dr. Oz and John Fetterman. I have watched the debate and the fact that Fetterman is even being considered as a candidate for a Senate seat representing Pennsylvania is absurd. His campaign and family members should be ashamed for allowing this spectacle to continue.

Fetterman’s answers were garbled and incomprehensible. It was painfully obvious that he often couldn’t understand the questions or formulate intelligent responses. The left was quick to attempt to spin this as “The right demonstrating how to shame someone that’s disabled.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. What was Dr. Oz supposed to do? He was there to debate the candidate that the Democrats have decided to nominate. The people that should be ashamed are those on the left that placed an obviously incapacitated man up for a position that he simply can’t fulfill.

Some comments on the debate:

Former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of PA William McSwain commented: “That debate was hard to watch. How in the world in a country of 330 million people,  could John Fetterman be in the running for one of a hundred seats in the world’s greatest deliberative body? This is embarrassing.”

“Just so we are all clear: that was Fetterman WITH weeks of prep and specialized computer assistance throughout. So what you just saw is the very, very best Fetterman can do. Which is terrifying,” said Senior Advisor to President Trump Stephen Miller.

“I can’t impress upon you how much of a disaster this debate is. I’ve never seen anything like it. This race is completely and totally over,” said Clay Travis of Clay and Buck.

Then Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman held a press conference and announced that election results WILL NOT be available on the night of the election. She went on to explain why under current election law unofficial results will be available within a few days of the election. “We understand that voters, candidates and the media want election results as soon as possible. But counting all the eligible votes and reporting the results take time, and counties are rightfully focused on accuracy”

“It’s really important for us to get accurate information about the election process in Pennsylvania,” Chapman said. “So voters and the public know that when there are delays in counting, it doesn’t mean that there’s anything nefarious happening. It’s just what the law is in Pennsylvania.”

Nothing “nefarious” happening, Now why would we think that?

Someone please Inform the Secretary of State that the election is taking place on November 8th 2022. To think that a state like Pennsylvania can’t generate accurate election results within a reasonable amount of time is incompetence.

Here in my opinion, is her weak explanation for the delay: “So, election workers in our 67 counties can only start opening mail-in ballots at 7:00 a.m. on the morning of Election Day, and that includes opening them from the inner-secrecy envelope, the outer envelope, flattening them, and scanning them,” Chapman explained. “Starting at 8:00 p.m. when the polls close, that’s when counties can release the results. So it takes time.”

Chapman was back in the news again when an election integrity group, Verity Vote, reported that according to data they collected more than 250,000 ballots had been mailed to Pennsylvania voters without verifying their identities.

Apparently the confusion arose when in September the Deputy Secretary for Elections and Commissions, Jonathan Marks stated that there is no identification required for voter registration in the state, but it is required for mail in ballots.

When asked about the large amount of request submitted to the Help America Vote Verification System (HAVV) through the Social security System, Marks stated that the HAVV was being used to verify Social Security numbers on ballot requests.

Confused Yet?  Give me a minute and you will be.

Marks then attempted to explain that if someone submits an invalid Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ID Number or If the last four digits of their Social can’t be verified for a mail in ballot, the ballot must still be mailed. Then Marks added, “the ballot doesn’t count unless the voter provides a valid form of ID.

How’s that for Double Speak?

State legislators notified Marks several weeks later that the voter ID must be verified “before sending the ballot.”

The bottom line to this Pennsylvania hot mess is that on election day even well-meaning election workers could easily count invalid ballots.

Frankly, I believe that’s exactly what they are counting on.