In 2020 the Republican-controlled legislature in Harrisburg voted, almost incomprehensibly, to walk away from an in-person voting system that had been in place since the birth of the republic and to move the Commonwealth to a system of no-excuse mail-in voting. Every expert who had ever studied the implications of the mass use of mail-in ballots had reached the same conclusion. Such a move would mean, at best, that no one would ever really know who had won an election. The opportunities for fraud were simply too great.
There was no support for the enactment of Act 77, the bill that made this change amongst GOP voters. None. No matter, in Harrisburg, where party leaders are secure in the knowledge that they know best and are primarily interested in deal-making and horse-trading, the desires of the Republican base were deemed irrelevant.
Act 77 was passed. The election was a predictable debacle. The new system – made worse by the actions of a Democratic-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court and a partisan Secretary of State – produced a result, which cannot possibly be judged reliable and verifiable.
The GOP base is up in arms. They want a full forensic audit of the votes cast in November 2020, and they want the complete repeal of Act 77 and a return to in-person voting with some sort of ID requirement. Secure in the knowledge that free and fair elections are based on the premise that every LEGAL vote counts, they see no problem with making sure that people who vote are entitled to and that such legal voters vote – ONCE.
In Harrisburg, they don’t care. The desires of the great unwashed are as irrelevant to many in the GOP leadership as they would be to Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden. There is no move whatsoever to repeal Act 77 and return the state to in-person voting. On the contrary, the bill now before the legislature and championed by GOP party leaders enshrines mail-in voting and does nothing of significance to address the concerns voiced by the Republican base.
The man who introduced the legislation is Representative Seth Grove. The bill is entitled “𝗩𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗥𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝗰𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘆.” Grove is the same guy who announced some time ago that the only fraud he had identified in the November election in Pennsylvania was committed by Republicans. Yes, Grove is a GOP representative. Allegedly.
Grove is also the guy who ran the hearings investigating the November election in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In that capacity, he decided he did not need to hear from the GOP committee appointed to look into what had happened at the polls in Pennsylvania. One of the findings of this committee was that there were in excess of 200,000 votes cast in Pennsylvania and counted which could not be connected to any registered voter. In short, they appeared to have come out of thin air.
“Using the same December 14 data for the entire state, 6,962,621 ballots were cast and the SURE system showed 6,760,230 registered voters had voted. This is a total of 202,391 votes that cannot be attributed to a registered voter. Where did these votes come from? Not from registered voters according to the state’s own data and documents.”
Grove, who voted for Act 77, judged such evidence – which if true, means that a number of votes many times the margin of victory in the state may have been cast illegally – didn’t need to be considered and prevented members of the committee from testifying. The whole issue was swept under the rug.
Grove’s new legislation breaks down as follows.
– Mail-in voting will be retained.
– Drop boxes for ballots, one of the world’s dumbest ideas, will be retained.
– The integrity of mail-in ballots and those that appear in drop boxes will be confirmed by signature verification – a ridiculous and completely discredited technique unless performed by trained handwriting analysis experts under forensic conditions.
– Ballots judged deficient can be “cured” and considered valid.
– Strangely enough – although mail-in ballots will be counted without any requirement for the presentation of identification – voters who take the time to appear in person at the polls will have to show ID.
In short, if you are a Republican in Pennsylvania who believes, as most do that the November election was stolen because a flood of unverifiable “mail-in ballots” cast for Joe Biden simply appeared out of nowhere and were counted anyway, absolutely nothing in this legislation even attempts to address your concerns. Assuming this legislation passes in the next election cycle the exact same form of mass electoral fraud will be possible and almost certainly will occur.
Grove and his ilk are busy bombarding the state with nonsensical and misleading claims that this legislation represents a step forward. It does not. For the base in Pennsylvania, it represents surrender. It is proof positive that the Harrisburg establishment could literally not care less what the ‘deplorables’ and ‘Neanderthals’ think.
Meanwhile, there is already a growing movement amongst some GOP legislators to attempt to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot pursuant to which the voters in Pennsylvania could if they so choose end the use of mail-in ballots in the state. The prospects for the success of such a move remain unclear, but at a minimum, it demonstrates this. Republicans in Pennsylvania are beginning to understand what is really going on in Harrisburg. Seth Grove may think smoke, mirrors, and lies are sufficient to deceive the base.
Grove is wrong. So is everyone who stands with him. The people are awakening. A reckoning is coming.