Thousands of ballots still in question in Pennsylvania – here’s why that’s so important

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PENNSYLVANIA – As we approach the week following the most important election in our lifetime, anomalies continue to pop up in Pennsylvania.

The latest is the logs concerning mail in ballots. On the surface it seems straightforward, but as you dig a bit deeper you find many alarming incidents that lead to more and more questions about the legitimacy.

What’s comforting about a mail-in ballot is that you can fill them out at your own time. But in Pennsylvania, there were a record number of people returning their ballots the same day they received them.

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With hundreds of thousand of ballots in question in Pennsylvania, this race could be far from over.

Over 20,0000 absentee ballots have return dates that just defies logic, over 80,000 have return dates that should raise concerns, according to a researcher’s analysis of the state’s voters.

Over 50,000 ballots were marked as returned the day after they had been received. And another 35,000 were returned the same day.

As you dive deep into the publicly available data in Pennsylvania for mail and absentee ballots, you’ll find the record keeping leaves a lot to be desired.

Numerous instances of people having their applications approved on the day of their birth were discovered, as far back as the 1920. Many ballots were returned before they had ever been mailed out, and mail in ballots returned with a ballot never being issued to the voter.

Even more interesting is the multiple cases of ballots being issued and returned on the same day the application had been filed.

Could all of these be human error? Absolutely.

But, the amount of error happening makes vetting impossible. Especially when turnout was as high as it was and how millions of ballots were mailed out.

The Trump legal team is claiming foul play and hopes to have their day in court.

His team is scrutinizing the Governor’s alleged illegal vote counting scandal and the thousands of people who had voted long after they died. 

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According to the USPS, the average time for a ballot to get mailed back is 2.5 days, so having ballots returned within that time frame does raise a lot of questions on ballot integrity. 

All the ballots in question make up four percent of all those issued by the state, more than enough margin for Trump to turn that state red again.

Law Enforcement Today will have continuing coverage on Pennsylvania and other battleground states as they hand count ballots and update margins in the Presidential election.

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Here’s more on the questionable election results in Pennsylvania this week.

HARRISBURG, PA – One of several lawsuits levied by Republicans claim that Democrats violated federal and state election laws.

The National Review relayed the actual wording of the primary suit:

“Pennsylvania’s Democratic election leaders violated state code on Monday when they authorized county election officials to provide information about rejected mail ballots to political party operatives.”

Specific claims stem from an email from Pennsylvania’s deputy elections secretary, Jonathan Marks, to county election directors that read:

“County boards of elections should provide information to party and candidate representatives during the pre-canvas that identifies the voters whose ballots have been rejected.”

It is alleged by Republicans that the effort was made so that the voters holding rejected ballots could be offered a provisional ballot.

It is further alleged that at least eight Pennsylvania counties did not adhere to Marks’ email because the instruction violates the state’s election code.  Pennsylvania law does not allow voters the opportunity “to cure perceived defects [on mail-in ballots] in a timely manner,” the State Supreme Court ruled last month. 

The state also forbids election workers from sharing any details on voters’ ballots from pre-canvas meetings.

The suit claims the email from Marks made that allowance for in-person voters.  Because it appears that Marks and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar were conspiring to do so, the suit specifically named Boockvar.

“Thomas Breth, the lawyer who filed the suit said some county election boards gave voters names, addresses and even email addresses, along with explanations of their ballots defects to party operatives.

“Even some election boards were directly alerting voters that their ballots had defects and assisted the voters in fixing them.”

Breth stated in an interview with jeffreylord.com that some election officials double-checked voters’ ballots and envelopes prior to voting:

“It is inappropriate for individual counties to unilaterally create their own standards, their own procedures, for letting individuals come in and cure [ballots].  More importantly, the state’s election code does not allow for reaching out to voters to have their ballots changed. Changing the code would require a state assembly fix.”

In another suit, Democrats are accused of “curing” ballots for voters.

“In a process called ‘curing’ ballots, officials note which ballots are set to be rejected and reach out to the voter to allow him to cast a new provisional ballot.

“Election officials in Pennsylvania allegedly told Democrat operatives the names and contact information of voters whose ballots were rejected before the end of Election Day, which Republicans say violates state election laws.”

Pennsylvania state election code is clear:

“No person observing, attending or participating in a pre-canvass meeting may disclose the results of any portion of any pre-canvass meeting prior to the close of the polls.”

Pre-canvassing is the process of opening and counting votes before reporting them.

Two of the most controversial and talked-about counties in this election were Bucks and Montgomery counties, both situated north and west of Philadelphia.  Montgomery County leans hard left, where Bucks County seems to split almost evenly between Red and Blue. 

Officials in Montgomery County have said that they set aside the ballots that were altered until the matter is resolved.  These are primarily mail-in ballots that heavily favor Joe Biden.

Recently, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court required election officials to accept mail-in ballots up to 5 p.m. on the Friday after the election, even if there was no postmark showing they had been mailed on or before Election Day. 

That matter is scheduled for review by the U.S. Supreme Court and could potentially disqualify all ballots received after the closing of business on Election Day.

Republicans attest that Pennsylvania polling officials restricted access for ballot counting and verification to certified Republican party poll watchers. 

A state court judge in Philadelphia ruled in favor of Republicans after suit was filed, and the Democrat Party in the state is appealing.

Corey Lewandowski, senior advisor to the Trump campaign, remarked on that topic:

“Democracy dies in darkness. It’s time to go in and put some light on what’s happening.”

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