Highly important message for Pennsylvania voters
Republicans in Pennsylvania have a “truly diabolical” plan to win the key battleground state, but it’s not the one you think, the state’s Lt. Gov. John Fetterman told me in an interview today.
The plan is to scare people who have already requested absentee ballots into discarding them and voting in person instead. But if they do that, they can’t vote.
In Pennsylvania, more than 2 million people have requested ballots, and more than 70% of those are Democrats. If those voters decide not to return their ballot but to go in person instead, they will be refused unless they’ve brought their ballot -- and the envelope it came in! -- with them to the polls. If they’re savvy enough to ask for a provisional ballot, they’ll be able to cast that, but doing so will gum up the works, slow down lines, and deter others from voting.
It is, of course, completely counterintuitive that you would need to bring your ballot and its envelope to the polling place on election day, since you’ll be picking up a ballot there. Republicans know that, and know that most people will toss it out or not bring it.
Fetterman’s message is twofold: Stop panicking people by telling them that mail-in ballots won’t count. And if you’re in Pennsylvania, just follow the instructions and mail your ballot in, or, if you want, drop it off early at the county board of elections. Simple. That’s it. Don’t panic. And stop panicking other people just for the likes and shares on social media. “They want to create whatever chaos they can, in whatever locations they can. And if you are feeding into that, you are helping them advance their agenda,” he warned.
If you’re determined to vote in person on Election Day, just remember to bring your absentee ballot and the envelope with you.
Here’s my story on it. Please feel free to forward this email to anybody you know in Pennsylvania, or anybody you know who’s actively panicking people about the integrity of the election. (If they’re not signed up for this newsletter, they can do so here.)