Last Updated on January 21, 2021
Pennsylvania Sen. Doug Mastriano, who rose to prominence over the past several months as he fought for election integrity following the 2020 election, which in Pennsylvania and several other states was plagued by credible accusations of widespread voter fraud, has unveiled new legislation that would remove the state’s lax mail-in voting laws that were passed in 2019, well before the coronavirus swept the globe.
“The 2020 election cycle was fraught with public confusion and misinformation, much of which was centered around mail-in ballots,” wrote Mastriano, joined by Sen. Patrick J Stefano.
The legislation proposed by Mastriano and Stefano would remove the elements of Pennsylvania’s Act 77, which allow for an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots to be requested with virtually no clear reason from the people requesting them.
“Taking advantage of the unprecedented use of mail-in voting, Governor Wolf, Secretary of State Boockvar, and a rogue Supreme Court unlawfully usurped legislative power to set the conditions for an election result in their political interest,” the declared. “Their actions were a direct attack on the legislature’s power to set the time, place, and manner of holding elections, as granted by the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions.”
Pennsylvania was accused of committing voter fraud, and among the evidence were backdated mail-in ballots that were either sent or received at inappropriate times.
Pennsylvania also saw the “vote dumps”, as President Donald Trump called them, where even though the President had an almost insurmountable lead in the late night hours of November 3, massive dumps of votes that were nearly all for Joe Biden were received in the early morning hours, when most members of both campaigns and the media believed the election was over.
“These actions taken in the last moments leading up to the election were inconsistent and questionable and were not the legislature’s intent when passing Act 77,” wrote Mastriano and Stefano. “By removing the provisions of law that allow for no-excuse mail-in ballots, we can regain some trust in our elections’ integrity.
“Faith in our election process is crucial to our democracy. We remain hopeful that this initiative, and any additional legislative changes that will come forward from our hearings, will once again restore confidence in our democracy and shine a light into the shadow of doubt that has been cast over Americans’ most democratic process.”
Mastriano first rose to prominence when he led the election integrity hearing following Joe Biden’s questionable and allegedly fraudulent win in the state. This was the first election integrity hearing of many, and likely inspired similar hearings in Arizona, Michigan, Georgia, and Wisconsin.