Considerations of voter fraud drive listening to on Pa. election guidelines invoice

HARRISBURG, Pa. (The Middle Sq.) — A Senate State Authorities Committee listening to invited a widely known proponent of voter fraud to testify on a invoice regarding election integrity and reform.

SB878, sponsored by David Argall, R-Berks/Schuylkill, would develop a voluntary skilled certification and ballot employee coaching program, standardize guidelines about drop field safety and mail-in poll necessities, and guidelines for pre-canvassing mail-in ballots, amongst different points.

The invoice, co-sponsored by Sen. Sharif Road, D-Philadelphia, is in response to a Senate Particular Committee on election guidelines.

“We plan on introducing a invoice to implement a few of the different suggestions which have broader bi-partisan help,” Argall mentioned in a legislative memo.

Extra-controversial voting subjects, resembling voter ID, have been unnoticed.

Election officers welcomed the proposed adjustments insofar as they’re constant and straightforward to know.

“We need to make certain that any additional adjustments to the election… are clear in order that we will implement them constantly and voters can finally have faith within the election course of,” mentioned Lisa Schaefer, government director of the County Commissioners Affiliation of Pennsylvania.

“We actually do want additional readability within the legislation on counties’ authority to make use of drop packing containers after questions had been raised and litigated all through 2020,” Schaefer mentioned. However some questions on readability stay, she famous, resembling on similar necessities for polling locations and drop packing containers.

Additionally testifying was Gregg Phillips, who has testified in Wisconsin and different states elevating the opportunity of voter fraud in elections. Phillips acquired widespread media consideration when he claimed hundreds of thousands of votes had been fraudulently forged within the 2016 presidential election, however declined to supply proof of his declare.

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Phillips, together with Catherine Englebrecht of True the Vote, offered cellphone GPS information on individuals passing poll drop packing containers and talked of the potential for poll harvesting and voter fraud.

Phillips instructed the Normal Meeting ought to regulate election legal guidelines as crucial to scrub voter rolls, make vote “harvesting” an unlawful act (permitting another person to drop off a voter’s poll), prohibit the mass mailing of ballots, not enable personal funding for election wants, and enhance penalties for election-related violations.

Road was not persuaded by the GPS information.

“What this reveals you is there have been tons of people that had been going previous these packing containers. It would not essentially present what of us had been doing once they received there, proper?” Road requested.

“Which is precisely why you want video” on the drop packing containers, Phillips mentioned.