In the heavily funded special election which matters for nothing other than bragging rights, there’s new allegations swirling regarding voter fraud.
The election in Pennsylvania’s 18th district, which will cease to exist come November, went down to the wire. Democrat Conor Lamb took on Republican Rick Saccone, with the race being neck and neck down the final stretch.
Lamb was declared the winner by numerous news outlets the next morning despite an extremely close finish.
In the aftermath of the election, Republicans are now pointing out issues with polling sites and questioning the credibility of the election.
Voters reported their votes were switched by the machines, Republican attorneys weren’t allowed to see absentee ballots being counted, there was confusion as to where the correct polling locations were, and even reports people with criminal records were hired to manage polling locations.
According to The Washington Free Beacon,
Lamb currently leads Republican Rick Saccone by just 627 votes and there are still absentee and provisional ballots that have not been tabulated, but Republicans are already preparing for the likely recount and even a possible lawsuit regarding issues at polling sites, according to a Republican source familiar with the deliberations.
“We’re actively investigating three instances and likely to file court action on them,” the source said.
Among the listed concerns are “miscalibrated” voting machines in Allegheny County, the only county of four in the district that went for Lamb, according to the source, who said there have been many reports of voters who intended to vote for Saccone ending up casting a ballot for Lamb.
Furthermore, Republicans say their attorneys were ejected from polling sites as the absentee ballots were still being counted and that due to confusion caused by the Pennsylvania secretary of state website people were directed to the wrong polling locations.
Republicans have demanded that all ballots and voting machines be impounded in preparation for the likely recount.
Republican sources are circulating prior investigations into Allegheny County election officials by Pittsburgh’s local ABC affiliate, which found the county was hiring people with criminal records and little election experience to manage polling sites on election day.
All across the board it appears some fishy actions took place. It’ll be interesting to see how the Saccone campaign and other Republican lawyers follow up. It’s looking like a recount is probable.
Twitter was active with people talking about voter fraud. Bill Mitchell tweeted, “If we get a recount in PA-18 and it exposes massive Democrat Voter Fraud, oh boy, that will change things for November.”
If we get a recount in PA-18 and it exposes massive Democrat Voter Fraud, oh boy, that will change things for November,
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) March 15, 2018
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Rick Saccone needs our help; not only to EXPOSE the DEMOCRAT VOTER FRAUD that rigged his Pennsylvania special election, but to BLOCK THE DEMOCRATS' attempt to redistrict the entire state in their favor!#StopDemVoterFraud#SilentNoMore https://t.co/JsvaL5QPbV
— 🌴COOPER ❤'s AMERICA 1st🌴 (@S_Cooper0404) March 15, 2018