Lehigh County District Lawyer Jim Martin stated Monday there have been probably tons of of situations the place folks deposited a couple of poll into drop containers between Oct. 18 and election day, Nov. 2, 2021.
Joe Vichot, Chairman of the Lehigh County Republican Committee, submitted correspondence on Jan. 20., 2022 to Deputy County Solicitor, Sarah Murray, concerning alleged a number of ballots deposited at drop containers in the course of the 2021 November election, based on a information launch from the Lehigh County District Lawyer’s Workplace.
On Feb. 1, 2022, the Election Board of Lehigh County by means of Deputy Solicitor Murray referred the matter to the District Lawyer for investigation. Martin stated he referred the matter to Chief County Detective Michael J. Millan, who assigned County Detectives Richard G. Heffelfinger, Steven C. Furlong and Robert V. Egan to the investigation.
Based mostly upon the investigation, Martin stated he discovered that there have been probably tons of of situations the place folks deposited a couple of poll into drop containers established for receipt of ballots between Oct. 18 and election day, Nov. 2, 2021. Over the time that drop containers have been in place 7,196 ballots have been deposited and counted.
Based mostly upon the evaluation by the detectives, not less than 288 folks deposited a couple of poll within the varied drop containers, all of which have been below video surveillance, based on the information launch from the DA’s workplace.
This can be a violation of the provisions of the Election Code, which require that every voter deposit/ship solely their very own poll.
“Based mostly upon the sampling, it’s clear that many extra than simply these noticed deposited a couple of poll,” Martin stated.
There was just one occasion the place it seems that greater than two ballots have been deposited; in that case, both 5 – 6 have been deposited, Martin stated. That individual can’t be recognized.
Martin stated the overwhelming majority of others captured on video depositing their ballots in drop containers additionally can’t be recognized. Greater than 14,800 ballots have been delivered by means of the U.S. mail, and no video exists as to those, the DA’s workplace stated.
There will probably be no prosecution introduced because of the investigation “as a result of to prosecute these few whose id might be confirmed could be unfair and unjust given the a lot bigger numbers who can’t be recognized and who additionally deposited a number of ballots,” Martin stated.
Martin stated the grievance of the Lehigh County Republican Committee is well-founded, and that there are tons of of situations the place voters violated the Election Code by submitting greater than their very own poll.