BLUE PENNSYLVANIA – LOOKING FOR FRAUD IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES

Yesterday, Bob Mensch introduced SB 528, with the short title of “An Act providing for reporting allegations of fraud relating to the 2020 general election and imposing duties on the Auditor General.”

The bill, upon passage, requires the Auditor General to conduct an audit of each county’s election procedures and results – broken down under 26 clauses – during to the 2020 election.  The bill also gives the Auditor General subpoena power with the threat of contempt of court for disobeying the order. 

Despite county boards of election being overwhelmed with adapting to all of the 2019 changes in Pennsylvania’s election law, Mr. Mensch wants to provide them with additional burdens with no extra resources so that he can tell his constituents what he is doing to combat voter fraud in the State.

The bill, however, does nothing to address the voter fraud that we know about in the 2020 election.  In both Delaware and Luzerne Counties, individuals attempted to vote in the name of dead relatives, while in Chester County, a man donned sunglasses as a disguise so that he could vote in his son’s name.  Authorities have announced assurances that such incidents are unique and infrequent.  But in a Republican dominated legislature intent on uncovering voter fraud, why not develop legislation seeking warrants to search email accounts, social media, and phone records of these criminals, to try to determine if others have been involved in such efforts?  Currently the penalty for such a crime is 7 years maximum in prison and/or a maximum fine of $15,000.  Why not provide legislation to make both the prison term and fine automatic? 

Mr. Mensch might respond that it is only three cases, but that is three more cases than any realistic fraud that he seeks to remedy.  Possibly the real answer to all of these questions is that, in all of these cases, the perpetrators were Republicans.

While Mr. Mensch is investigating imaginary voter fraud, you can help to provide eligible voters with greater access to the ballot box.  The PA Dems are hosting a number of virtual voter registration activities for the foreseeable future.  Details are here.

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