State Government Committee Chairman Visits Philadelphia to Develop Election Integrity Solutions
HARRISBURG — House State Government Committee Majority Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), joined by two committee members, journeyed to Philadelphia today to continue their research and investigation into reported Election Code violations surrounding the November 2012 election.
“Throughout history, Philadelphia has been notorious for election fraud,” said Metcalfe. “Today’s meetings with individuals who were literally at ground zero of Philadelphia’s polling places provided for an open and transparent discussion of reported irregularities and potential policy changes to ensure that each legally cast vote is counted rather than being canceled out by the forces of corruption.”
Due to the highest concentration of reported violations occurring in Philadelphia, one of the meetings was with representatives of the Committee of Seventy, a volunteer, non-partisan voter participation and monitoring organization. The objective for today’s meetings was to assess the validity and extent of reported election fraud violations, which included: providing illegal assistance to voters, voter intimidation, electioneering at the polling place and minority inspectors being prevented from performing their duties. Chairman Metcalfe intends to develop legislative solutions to improve the integrity of the Commonwealth’s overall election process, with a specific focus on Philadelphia.
“The information gathered today provided even more definitive evidence that we must go well beyond requiring valid voter photo ID to stamp out blatant voter intimidation and many other corrupting influences that continue to tarnish the Keystone State’s entire election process,” said Metcalfe. “This will remain at the center of the House State Government Committee’s focus during the 2013-14 legislative session.”
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Representative Daryl Metcalfe
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