Four former Pa. governors call on Shapiro, Mastriano to respect election results

By: - November 8, 2022 9:00 am

Former Pennsylvania Govs. Tom Ridge, Mark Schweiker, Ed Rendell, and Tom Corbett have sent a letter to the commonwealth’s 2022 gubernatorial nominees calling on them to accept the results of the 2022 election — win or lose.

In the letter to Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano, the governors wrote that the commonwealth’s election process is “open and transparent,” and will be “overseen by thousands of Pennsylvanians who care deeply about fairness,” according to the investigative news website Spotlight PA.

“We are asking you, as the leaders of the Pennsylvania Republican and Democratic parties, to pledge to honor that process, respect the law, abide [by] the peoples’ will and support a peaceful transfer of power,” the four former governors wrote in the letter, according to Spotlight PA. “In doing so, you will demonstrate to all Pennsylvania candidates who will be looking to you for leadership that love of Commonwealth and Country must come above all.”

The letter came on the same day that the commonwealth’s top election officials again urged calm as county election workers begin counting the hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots that, by law, they can only begin processing after the polls close at 8 p.m.

“I just wanted to say voters should feel confident to go to the polling place tomorrow and cast your ballot. In person, they should also feel confident that if you have a mail-in ballot right now you can go to your county dropbox or your county election office and return that,” acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman said during a Monday news briefing.

It also comes as legislative Republicans have raised what they say are concerns about the security of the state’s elections.

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.