For many years there has been a bipartisan consensus that the implementation of mail-in voting on a large scale would open the door to massive electoral fraud. Even a bipartisan commission co-chaired by Jimmy Carter in 2005 found that what it called absentee ballots were a potential disaster. “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud,” was the conclusion.
In 2012, a Miami–Dade County Grand Jury issued a public report on the subject, “Once that ballot is out of the hands of the elector, we have no idea what happens to it. The possibilities are numerous and scary.”
In California in 2016, after absentee ballot laws were enacted a San Pedro couple found more than 80 unused ballots on top of their apartment-building mailbox. All had different names but were addressed to an 89-year-old neighbor who lived alone in their building. Apparently, the ballots were to be picked up by someone but the couple had intercepted them first. In the same election, a Gardena woman told the local paper that her husband, an illegal alien, had received a mail-in ballot even though he had not registered to vote.
Essentially, no one interested in the integrity of the electoral process thought the idea of mailing out a huge number of ballots into the ether and hoping that what came back could be relied upon to be free of contamination and manipulation was a good idea. The mass use of mail-in ballots would mean the end of free and fair elections.
Nonetheless, last year the Republican-controlled legislature in Pennsylvania adopted Act 77 and moved the state away from a system grounded on the principle of in-person voting to one that permitted what is known as “no-excuse” mail-in voting. Pandora’s Box had been opened. The predictable result followed. An election was conducted, whose result cannot possibly be trusted.
In the wake of this debacle, a great many Pennsylvanians are demanding the immediate repeal of Act 77 and a return to a system under which voters, other than those who qualify for narrowly defined absentee ballots, will appear in person, use hard copy ballots, and show proof of their identity. Some members of the legislature appear poised to move quickly on this initiative. Far too many, however, seem to have opted for business as usual. The problem will be studied. In due course, there will be a report. We will get back to you in the fall maybe.
So, a grassroots, coalition of citizen groups is turning up the heat. Unwilling to sit quietly and wait for their representatives in Harrisburg to repeal the disastrous Act 77, these groups have launched a statewide petition drive. The full text of that petition and the instructions for how to submit it are printed below. We encourage anyone who is offended as we are by the travesty that just occurred at the ballot box to submit the petition as directed and to circulate the text of the document widely.
Passing Act 77 was a mistake. Not repealing it will be an even bigger one.
THIS IS A PETITION TO THE HOUSE AND SENATE MEMBERS IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA. IF YOU AGREE WITH WHAT IS WRITTEN HERE, PLEASE COPY THE PETITION, SIGN IT AND EMAIL IT OR SEND BY SNAIL MAIL TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES. THEY ARE ALREADY WORKING IN HARRISBURG TO “SEE WHAT WENT WRONG AND WHAT WENT RIGHT” IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION. TRANSLATED, THAT MEANS THEY WILL DO EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID BEFORE TO CORRECT THEIR MISTAKES AND RE-INSTATE PENNSYLVANIA ELECTION LAWS –
1. Copy the document and paste it into a new email WITHOUT the email address of the sender in the header. It should be from the person sending it, not from the one who sent the email petition to you.
2. Ask each voting member in your household to send their own petitions! That means that each voter would be sending out TWO petitions – one to the statehouse representative and one to the state senator.
3. Fill in the information – name, address, name of the house and senate member, from the links attached. The links are to the directories of the members of the statehouse and senate members.
4. Ask each person who sends a petition to forward copies of it to their friends and family members so they can do the same, with the same stipulations in items 1,2,3, & 4.
5. Any voting citizen in Pennsylvania who is concerned about the voting process of the last election is encouraged to sign and send a petition.
Use the following links to find the email addresses of your state representatives and senators:
Alternatively, you can go to this listing to find your state representatives: and cut and paste the below text into an email to them:
PETITION TO THE MEMBERS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND MEMBERS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE SENATE
The 2020 General Election in Pennsylvania was, by all accounts, irregular in form. A significant portion of the voting public would go so far as to insist the election was beyond irregular and would best be described as fraudulent.
I am a citizen and taxpayer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, County of __________________, Township of _______________, and do hereby demand that you, ___________________________, a Senator/Representative in the Senate/House of the Commonwealth and representing the district in which I reside, to immediately and without further delay, do the following:
Convene both legislative bodies to enact legislation to immediately repeal Act 77 which allows mail-in balloting and make such additions and changes to restore the integrity of the Pennsylvania election as is the Constitutional duty of the Pennsylvania Legislature.
1. Mandate that all voting districts throughout the Commonwealth purge their voter registration lists, deleting all voters who have not voted in the last two General Elections;
2. Mandate that all voting districts throughout the Commonwealth compare voting lists to the actual number of registered voters in each district;
3. Mandate the presentation by each potential voter in each district of valid picture identification and signature verification;
4. Mandate a return to the use of a paper trail in all voting districts, for all future elections;
5. Mandate the elimination of all mail-in ballots;
6. Mandate the elimination of the use of Dominion software and any other “voting software” and the use of electronic voting machines, especially those connected to the internet.
7. Mandate the inspection of any and all voting equipment used in all elections and verify the integrity of all distributors and manufacturers prior to purchasing such voting equipment;
8. Mandate a return to one-day voting;
9. Re-establish the procedures for the use of Absentee Ballots;
10. Establish procedures for the training of all poll workers, with special attention to vetting them for competency, integrity, and knowledge of the election process and Election Law;
11. Ensure that Election Law, as written into the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, be strictly enforced and adhered to under penalty of law;
12. Ensure chain-of-custody for every ballot – voted and unvoted, and reconciliation of all figures post-election.
The General Assembly must re-assume its authority and assert its control over the encroachments of its power and duties which have accumulated since 1938. The Governor and Secretary of State have roles to play, but the General Assembly has ultimate authority over all elections AND the certification that results are final, and all issues resolved. In the event the State Supreme Court seeks to interpret the State Constitution in a way that is not the intent of the Constitution as written, the Legislature is bound to seek redress from a higher court. The Governor and Secretary of State may never usurp the authority of the General Assembly.
As a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America, it is my right that my First Amendment rights and my right to free, fair, and just elections are protected.
If any elected representative, in any office of the state legislature, refuses to act on behalf of the citizenry, then it is the duty of that citizenry to demand, by recall, primary or declination of vote, the removal from office of that elected representative.
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