Concerns over Pa. election are legitimate, even if they won’t change the outcome

Lost in the ugly fight likely to ensue Wednesday in Congress during what is normally a ceremonial formality — the joint session during which Electoral College votes are officially tallied and certified — is that, even if they won’t change the outcome of the election, the voices who have raised concern about how the election was conducted in some states — specifically here in Pennsylvania — deserve to be heard.

Chief among the greivances is that our own Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar decided to make up the rules as she went along, all with the blessing of the hardly non-partisan state Supreme Court.

Asking that the agreed-upon rules be followed and objecting when they aren’t is not akin to campaigning for the end of democracy as we know it — it’s the opposite of that, in fact. If the rules can be changed on the whims of whomever is Secretary of State, rest assured this will not be the last election to experience this level of tumult regarding the outcome.

Democrats, eager to see President Donald Trump leave office as much or more than they are to see Joe Biden take the oath, want us all to conveniently forget the rule-breaking that occurred so as to not “delegitimize” the incoming Biden administration — as if they just quietly accepted Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton four years ago.

In reality, what delegitimizes Biden’s win is the insistence that everything went perfectly and we should all just move along because there’s nothing to see here.

Pennsylvania election law was not followed by the person whose job it is to follow it and make others follow it as well.

The very people who insist not accepting the election result on its face is refusing to acknowledge facts seem unwilling to acknowledge that particular fact.

Now, before anyone accuses us of denying reality, let us say this: Biden won and Trump lost — both here in Pennsylvania and nationally. We will have a new president at noon on Jan. 20.

But the way the election was conducted by the commonwealth deserves more scrutiny.

We look forward to the findings of the bipartisan committee being formed by our own state Sen. Jake Corman and what their recommendations will be for avoiding a repeat of this in two, four, 20 or 100 years and who, if anyone, should be held accountable for what went wrong in 2020.

It’s often said elections have consequences. Shouldn’t blatant disregard for the rules have consequences, too?

These are concerns worth raising independent of who won and by how many votes. This isn’t about Biden, Trump or anyone else. This isn’t about 80 votes, 80,000 or 80 million. This is about protecting our entire electoral process.

If those who support Joe Biden are serious about unifying the nation once again, it starts with listening to, not ignoring, the legitimate concerns being raised by others simply because it doesn’t fit their desired political narrative.

Let the facts speak for themselves. The legitimacy, both real and perceived, of future elections in our commonwealth depends upon it.


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