Thanks to a reader, I learned that Lehigh Tp Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution on May 11, indicating they will refuse to recognize mail-in ballots (MIBs). Supervisor Cindy Miller, herself a former State Rep. candidate, indicated she intends to present it in person. But she's presenting it to the wrong body. Northampton County Council has nothing to do with recent changes made to election law made by a Republican-controlled state legislature. If Northampton County officials refused to accept MIBs, they themselves would be suppressing the vote and violating state and federal law. I believe what really bothers Lehigh Tp Supervisors is that, thanks to MIBs, more people are voting.
According to the meeting minutes, "The problem [Miller] has with the mail in ballots is the way they are distributed. Her son moved away five years ago and he received mail in ballots and registrations not only from Northampton County, but also mail from Ohio telling him to fill it out and send it to the County. Anyone could have filled it out and mail it in and he is no longer a resident of Northampton County. The companies who are sending the mass mailings of these mail in ballots have no idea who the people are."
What Miller is referring to are applications for MIBs, not the ballots themselves. The only entity that has the legal authority to send a ballot is the Northampton County elections office. That office refuses to send out applications unless they are first requested.
It's true that both the Republican party and PACs on the left and right mailed unsolicited ballot applications prior to the last Presidential election. But they were only applications.
Miller also claimed, according to the meeting minutes, that the "County government is not supporting this county. She watched what took place with the last election. It is not bipartisan. There is one party representing the entire election department of the County. They eliminated the bipartisanship last year. There are a lot of elections within our County. This resolution is to make a point and say to the County Council, enough is enough, you need to start talking to the people and listening to what they want."
This is simply false. Northampton County's Elections Commission is, by definition, bipartisan. It is made up of three members of the majority party and two members of the minority party. In 2020, tha majority Democrats actually appointed Maude Hornick, a Republican and sister of the GOP boss, as Chair of the Elections Commission.
In the canvass of the Presidential election, GOP party boss Lee Snover objected to just about every Democrat vote she could. The Elections Commission conducted lengthy hearings, and sustained some while rejecting others.
Their decision could have been challenged ion court, but nothing was filed.
GOP party boss Lee Snover complained at a legislative hearing and on a TV show about election fraud in Northampton County. But she failed to complain in court - the one place where it would have mattered.
This baseless challenge to the integrity of our elections will no doubt be an election issue. It's coming from (1) sore losers who hate that Trump lost and (2) bigots who want to make it impossible for minorities and the poor to vote.