Pennsylvania could be voting nightmare as courts force unconstitutional rules changes

Could Pennsylvania be the site of the biggest election fight in American history? Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs CEO Matthew Brouillette thinks so.

In an op-ed from The Hill, Brouillette details how Democrat Governor Tom Wolf and the Democrat-dominated state Supreme Court have made unconstitutional rule changes involving mail-in voting that may throw the state into chaos when the election takes place and hold up the results for weeks.

Last year, before COVID-19 began to impact people’s lives, the state legislature passed a law to allow anyone to request a mail-in ballot for any reason. But since then, the courts have unilaterally changed the rules set up by the legislature around mail-in voting, which Brouillette clearly states is unconstitutional as well as opening the door to massive mail-in vote fraud.

“Here’s the irony: While Democrats blame Republicans for the impending pandemonium, the mayhem stems from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, Democratic Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, the state Democratic Party, and the Democratic-controlled state Supreme Court,” Brouillette wrote.

Courts changing laws is not constitutional

Last month, the court made the first major change, ruling that the previous mail-in ballot deadline of Election Day should be extended three more days, even if there is no postmark on the ballot. Republicans have appealed this ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, but if it stands, it would allow people to drop off a mail-in ballot up until Friday November 6.

What happens if as of Election Day, Trump wins the state? Democrats would have three days to round up more votes, which would completely upend all fairness and legitimacy in the entire election process.

“This is an open invitation to voters to cast their ballots after Election Day, thereby injecting chaos and the potential for gamesmanship into what was an orderly and secure schedule of clear, bright-line deadlines,” a statement from lawyers for the state Senate’s top two Republicans read.

As if that ruling wasn’t bad enough, the state high court is also set to decide on a petition to count absentee votes even if the signatures don’t match the ones on file with their registration.

Fraud potential could be high in biggest swing state

Brouillette reminded readers that the state already saw chaos surrounding the June primary in the state. In that election, mail-in deadlines were extended in some counties but not others, and ballots were still being counted in Philadelphia two weeks after the primary.

With much higher turnout in November, this kind of ballot counting could be a very big problem.

There’s a reason why the state constitution say that “[a]ll laws regulating the holding of elections by the citizens, or for the registration of electors, shall be uniform throughout the State.”

It also says in Article 1, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution that the “Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof.” Not by the governor or the courts.

The state legislature has bills in the works for election security, and it should be allowed to make those rules, not the governor or anyone else in the state. The outcome of the national election could depend on it.

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