Pa. GOP House leaders weigh in on election issues statewide

By: and - May 18, 2021 10:27 pm

House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, and House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove, R-York, have sounded off on voting challenges statewide.

In a joint statement, the two GOP leaders said:

“Today, another Pennsylvania election was conducted with significant voting issues reported in counties across the Commonwealth. While results are still coming in, it is crystal clear that our Election Code is in dire need of significant reform focused on accountability, security, and training. This is why we will be advancing election reform measures in the coming weeks.

“Pennsylvanians deserve to show up to their polling place trusting in the election process. They deserve the ability to leave their polling place knowing that their vote was cast accurately. As we work toward a legislative solution, we seek to make our election system better for those conducting elections and those participating in them.”

During a briefing with reporters on Tuesday night, acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid noted that “isolated incidents” occurred in various counties across the state, including Luzerne County, which reported incorrect headers on Republican ballots, Fayette County, which reported issues with barcodes on ballots that were unable to be scanned and York County, where polling places ran out of ballots and had to replenish their supply before voters could cast their ballots.

Despite the reported issues, Degraffenreid said the Pennsylvania Department of State had “no widespread” issues or concerns about the operation of the statewide primary elections on Tuesday.

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

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