By Christopher Harper
The presidential election in Pennsylvania, long considered one of the pivotal states in the process, is likely to be an unmitigated mess.
In a process created by Democrats, the election has the probability of being hampered by a new mail-in ballot procedure that may take three days to count after the election.
The hottest topic in my Democrat-controlled neighborhood is the number of people who haven’t gotten their mail-in ballots.
To demonstrate how cumbersome the process can be, Democrats, who are depending on this new initiative to get more of their supporters to vote or to obtain a greater ability to get fraudulent votes, have been flooding the airwaves with instructions on how to complete a mail-in ballot.
First, you need to get your ballot before today. Second, you have to mark the ballot carefully. Third, you place the ballot inside one envelope and then put that envelop inside a second envelope before signing and dating the outside.
Leave it to Democrats to devise such a disorganized system!
Even Democrat supporters warn that the complex process may result in as many as 100,000 votes may be ruled invalid.
Democrats appear to be the ones most likely to use the mail-in process, which may bode well for President Trump, who won the state by just over 44,000 votes in the last election.
But the process also could result in more fraudulent votes being counted. At least the courts ruled that people can only submit their own ballots—not those of others as the Democrats had wanted.
The process proved so cumbersome in the primary that several elections took days to determine what had happened.
In a letter to state legislative leaders, Philadelphia elections chief Lisa Deeley said that the new system might result in “electoral chaos” and a “significant post-election legal controversy, the likes of which we have not seen since Florida in 2000.”
Remember those hanging chads?
Earlier this month, the state’s election computers went off line for 40 hours.
County elections officials and voters have regularly complained about a variety of problems with the Pennsylvania Department of State’s voter services website and the state’s voter database, which officials use to process registrations and ballot applications.
At times this year, the system has slowed to a crawl or come to a complete halt, leaving election offices unable to register voters or process ballot requests.
Whatever the case, the Pennsylvania results might be decided in a courtroom rather than a ballot box.
President Trump had it right when he said that something bad is happening in Pennsylvania.