Sep. 18, 2020

HARRISBURG – Rep. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland) today condemned the “decision” by the 5-2 majority of partisan Democrats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to allow unattended drop-off boxes for ballots and removal of a party from the ballot for the Nov. 3 elections.

“With the polls tightening up in battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Thursday’s ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court really is a bold-face message to all of us that the Pennsylvania Democrat Party plans to use any means necessary to steal the Nov. 3 election,” Gleim said. “They aren’t even trying to hide it anymore; they are promoting it.”

Thursday’s ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court violates Article II, Section 1, of the U.S. Constitution and suppresses constituent’s votes by removing opposing parties from the ballot.

The headline of Carlisle’s local newspaper on the Supreme Court’s action innocently read “Extension granted for counts.” In the first paragraph of the text readers discover the truth; the court granted the state Democrat Party’s ask of “relaxing deadlines on a fledgling mail-in voting law, approving more ballot collection sites and kicking the Green Party’s presidential candidate off the November ballot.”

The state Supreme Court ruling also states that “mail-in” ballots can now be counted up to three days after the presidential election even “if they lack a postmark, a legible postmark or some proof of mailing,” all of which are required by law.

“Kicking someone off the ballot this late in the game and counting ‘mail-ins’ that show no signs of being mailed at all isn’t just undemocratic, it’s unconstitutional, and unconscionable,” Gleim said. “I have legislation pending that is supported by many of my Democrat colleagues which will help save our family farms. I am not a partisan person by nature, I just see a partisan judicial decision for what it is. No one should be celebrating actions like this. When we work together, we can help the people who put us in office. When we scheme to win by any means possible, everyone loses.”

Due to the violations of the U.S. Constitution and the voter suppression contained in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision, it will most likely be challenged at the federal level and all legal options will be explored. Regardless of any court decisions, Gleim says, “all constituents should get their vote in on time.”

Representative Barbara Gleim
199th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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