Governor Wolf is getting desperate as Pennsylvania polls show the president doing very well in the Commonwealth. In a flurry of proposals to change the rules for mail in voting at the last minute, he’s creating a perfect environment for potential fraud and legal challenges in the upcoming presidential election. If you want your vote, plus every other bona fide vote and only those votes to be counted, then you should be concerned about what the governor is proposing.
Special rules just for Pennsylvania
His proposal is to begin processing mail in votes 21 days before election day and to accept votes mailed in and postmarked as late as on election day and received by the Friday following election day. In other words, he wants Pennsylvania to make up its own rules for a national election, postponing the deadlines to foster confusion and doubt about the outcome for days after all other polls are closed. Evidently, he thinks PA voters who are smart enough to send Christmas packages early enough to arrive by Christmas can’t figure out how to do the same with their mail-in ballot.
Why the big push for mail-in ballots anyway?
The state has been pushing the narrative for months that going anywhere in public is a danger because of COVID-19. As we’ve seen in previous posts here, the narrative doesn’t hold up if you look at PA’s own numbers. The serious complications and deaths from the virus occur overwhelmingly among those in nursing homes and other long term care facilities in the state. Unless you already suffer from a number of other underlying issues, your chance of developing those complications or dying is extremely small, but news reports keep referring to cases, instead. The narrative makes many believe that anyone who has the virus will get very ill and possibly die, but that’s not true. Many who have it, don’t even know it and never get sick at all, but by constantly reporting case numbers the public begins to feel unsafe.
What could go wrong?
Voting in person is an activity where you will be among other people, so if someone is already fearful of getting sick, the idea of mailing in their vote sounds like a good idea. Governor Wolf is taking advantage of that fear to push his idea for a long and drawn out mail-in voting process, but that process dramatically increases the number of people who touch your ballot before it is counted, each touchpoint increases the chance that something can go astray whether intentionally or unintentionally. The entire controversy about the postal service making changes is battlefield preparation for a contested election since mail-in voting is being encouraged. The simple logistics of handling and processing millions of mail-in ballots makes it a bad idea.
In person voting puts you in control of the process
In contrast, in person voting means you show up at a polling location, fill out your ballot, process it in the machine and you’re done. You voted and the machine counts it. You control the process from start to finish, no delivery delays, no concerns about the post office or ballot counters or “did it get there on time?” doubts, you voted and you know it. Voting in person is the best and surest method to make your vote count.
Last minute changes for a presidential election are government malpractice
The most important election in the United States is for our president, it determines the entire direction for our country. In a time when political division is high, throwing in last minute procedure changes practically guarantees things will go wrong and many will not accept the outcome. The proverbial shoe box full of votes just discovered under a desk is the least of it.
Say NO to Governor Wolf’s proposal
Pennsylvania voters should say NO to Governor Wolf in no uncertain terms. Our elections must never become just another opportunity for political games. Pennsylvania and the United States depend on election integrity, we all do.
Contact your state senator and state representative and tell them to refuse to endorse these last minute changes.