On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed two comprehensive election integrity bills, banning the use of drop boxes for ballots and cracking down on private funding of election procedures.
As reported by Just The News, Senate Bill 1200 requires all absentee ballots to be returned by mail or delivered directly to the county elections office, thus eliminating the possibility of allowing for drop boxes to be used in future elections. The bill was passed along party lines, with all Democrats voting against.
The bill was authored by State Senator Cris Dush (R-Penn.), who said that “we’ve got a problem with a lack of confidence on the part of the people…a problem with something that can definitely be utilized to do ballot stuffing. This is a legitimate issue.”
On the same day, Senate Bill 982 passed with all Republicans and eight Democrats voting in favor.
“Senate Bill 982 simply states what all of us understood to be fact,” said State Senator Lisa Baker (R-Penn.). “Government should pay for elections. Voters, taxpayers and citizens alike deserve the most fair and equitable election system. It should be uniform from one county to the next regardless of size, demographics, or wealth.”
The private funding bill was crafted and passed in response to the massive amount of money spent on administering elections in 2020 by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a scheme that has since been dubbed “Zuckerbucks.” Zuckerberg’s Center for Tech and Civic Life handed out over $350 million in grants to local elections offices in 2020, but focused overwhelmingly on more Democratic areas in key swing states, thus leading to a severe imbalance and artificial boosting of Democratic turnout.
Both bills now head to the desk of Governor Tom Wolf (D-Penn.), who has voiced his opposition to election integrity efforts in the past, and is thus likely to veto both bills.