You may have seen unsubstantiated claims that Pennsylvania’s election is
somehow “rigged”. It’s utter nonsense.
The Pennsylvania Election Code features specific safeguards which assure a fair
election. Further, specific provisions of the Code exist for contesting and certifying
election results. Pennsylvania electronic voting machines are not connected to the
internet, nor connected to each other. From the judges of election, to the election
board at each polling precinct, to the properly appointed poll watchers for each
candidate — Pennsylvania elections are highly scrutinized and regulated, and the
process is all done in the open.
The Pennsylvania Election Code provides for emergency hearings, so all votes
may be cast and counted. The counting and certification of results is done in the
public, and in a completely open manner.
During the day of the election, there are County Court Judges available on an
emergency basis to conduct evidentiary hearings on various issues every minute the
polls are open, and beyond. I had the privilege of serving as Counsel to the Luzerne
County Election Board for many years. I have seen this process up close, and handled
many of these hearings.
While there may be an occasional irregularity, there are specific rules to
contest the results of an election, or an individual ballot, all within the judicial
system. And all of those challenges are heard on an expedited basis to assure the
most accurate, efficient, and prompt tallying and certification of election results.
Claims of a “rigged” election are baseless. Please keep in mind that
allegations of voter fraud were fully litigated in the Commonwealth Court in the voter
identification challenge. See, e.g., Applewhite v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
330 MD 2012 (Cmwlth. Ct.). In that lengthy proceeding, there was not one
substantiated instance of voter fraud brought to the Commonwealth Court’s
So on November 8, 2016, get out and vote — and know that your vote will be