In what should be a major win for election integrity advocates, the Supreme Court tossed out a lower court ruling that had permitted undated mail-in ballots to be counted against the law in Pennsylvania — but the Commonwealth’s secretary of state has other ideas.
This kind of blatant flouting of election law is nothing new in Pennsylvania. Back during the 2020 election, then-Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar issued guidance that did not comport with Pennsylvania’s election code.
Governor Tom Wolf is in his last year. Pennsylvania is in the runup to crucial 2022 elections. A court case challenging the state’s mail-in voting provisions shows every indication of succeeding and taking the state back to a traditional system grounded in in-person voting by individuals whose identity has been established. That development threatens the entire thrust of Democratic efforts in Pennsylvania, which have been focused on “broadening” the electorate and dramatically loosening controls on who can vote and how.
So, Governor Wolf has brought in the fixer, Leigh Chapman to be his new Secretary of State. In this capacity, she will have broad power to make the rules governing the next election. Chapman comes to the job from running a group called Deliver My Vote. Not surprisingly, the whole mission of Deliver My Vote as laid out very succinctly on its website is to do away with the concept of in-person voting and take us to a system where everyone votes from home.
The Secretary of State in Pennsylvania has responsibility for overseeing the integrity of the electoral process. Or, at least that used to be the case. Now it appears that the job of the Secretary of State is to ensure that the Democratic Party takes control of all aspects of state government and to manipulate the electoral apparatus as much as necessary to make sure that happens.