Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Is Brown Trying to Suppress the Vote?
Frick Transfer makes moves like this all the time, and has done it well for Northampton County. But using County employees is a terrible idea. It is entirely possible that several machines will be delivered to the wrong location, or with the seals broken, or both. In addition, the County lacks the personnel for this kind of specialized work. Several will undoubtedly get injured performing tasks for which they are unprepared. I'm told that Brown is having a hard time finding people willing to volunteer, and could resort to outside help. That brings in a new set of dangers. In addition to being a gazillion years old, these day workers are unbonded and I doubt very seriously that they will be taking any oath, unless it is to brown or Cathy Allen..
Brown is also stepping all over the Elections Commission. They are a nonpartisan body established under The Home Rule Charter and Elections Code. It is their job to administer elections, not his. Instead of a relatively neutral body setting the stage, a partisan elected official is doing so, and one who has every incentive to suppress the vote. So far as I know, he has not asked The Elections Commission for permission to make this change.
Brown has already ruined the morale of the County workforce. His latest trick might actually deprive you of your right to vote.
I spoke with Elections Registrar Dee Rumsey, who directed me to call Director of Administration Luis Campos. He has yet to return my call.
Brown should have nothing to do with the conduct of elections.