Sunday, November 6, 2016

Election fraud - Making sure your vote counts!

Some say election fraud exists and is rampant, some choose to ignore it and declare it non-existent. The truth lies somewhere in between.

There have indeed been incidents of people assuming the roll of a dead person, as well as people with multiple homes voting in multiple states.

In a really tight election, these votes can indeed sway an election, but the percentage of intentional fraud is actually very small.

A lot of what people call fraud is more persuasion - Calling people, asking if they voted, do they need a ride, etc. There is nothing illegal about this, and indeed this can bring out a large number of voters who would have otherwise stayed home.

Then there is the concern of actual election process fraud and tampering. In this case, paper ballots may be the least reliable and may be the largest problem when it comes to election fraud. Paper ballots are easily destroyed, and even though most machines have paper tape or other backup, unless a recount is held, the public will never be aware of the missing ballots.

There may be other forms of fraud going on, such as tampering and fraudulent votes placed by poll workers themselves, but this is incredibly difficult as both Parties and the Judge of Elections are always present.

In Pennsylvania and some other states that use electronic voting machines there has been a concern regarding votes changing. While the manufacturer insists that it is a "calibration error" I don't believe that for a moment! I have personally witnessed this where you check the candidate you want and the checkbox shows up correctly (no calibration error here - the right box got checked), but then you reach the final "submit" screen only to find your selections have changed! If you submit without going back and correcting the error, you will vote for the wrong candidate! A few friends of mind have told me they had to go back two or three times and one had to get the Judge of Elections to unplug and restart the machine!

So, when using an electronic voting machine, all you have to do is make sure that the last screen is correct before you submit your vote. That screen will be accurately counted - It is almost impossible to record a different vote at that point because the counties check these machines before the election and make sure they are tallying correctly!

This year in particular all Parties will be closely watching the election and the vote totals. If you see something not right when you go to vote, or hear of election fraud, tell the Judge of Elections at your polling place immediately!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Candidates running for Treasurer in Pennsylvania

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Otto Voit (R)
President of Keystone Dental Group since 1987

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Joseph Torsella (D)
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, 2011-2014

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James Babb (Lib.)
Advertising consultant

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Kristin Combs (Green Party)
Green Party state chair

Monday, October 17, 2016

Current polls for Presidential Election 2016 for Pennsylvania

Including Johnson and/or Stein

Source Date Sample Clinton Trump Johnson Stein Other
Poll Averages* 47.2% 39.4% 5.2% 2.6% 5.6%
10/17/2016 660 LV ±3.8% 47% 41% 6% 1% 5%
10/13/2016 806 LV ±3.5% 48% 39% 6% 4% 3%
10/10/2016 764 LV ±3.5% 44% 40% 4% 2% 10%
10/09/2016 709 LV ±3.7% 49% 37% 6% 4% 4%
10/09/2016 997 LV ±4.2% 48% 40% 4% 2% 6%
10/04/2016 496 LV ±6.1% 47% 38% 5% 0% 10%
10/04/2016 402 LV ±4.9% 50% 40% 5% 2% 3%
10/03/2016 535 LV ±4.2% 45% 41% 5% 2% 7%
9/29/2016 886 LV ±3.3% 45% 39% 6% 2% 8%
9/26/2016 771 LV ±3.5% 45% 44% 6% 3% 2%

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Katie McGinty swings far left

We don’t need a Bernie Sanders-like senator representing Pennsylvania
September 16, 2016 12:00 AM

By U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ran for president on a platform of pushing the Democratic Party far to the left. Now, Mr. Sanders is continuing his ideological fight by campaigning with like-minded Democratic candidates who will join his extreme wing of the Democratic Party in the Senate. That’s why Mr. Sanders is coming to Carnegie Mellon University today to campaign with Pennsylvania Senate candidate Katie McGinty.

The self-identified socialist has chosen to anoint Ms. McGinty first of the nation’s Senate candidates with an in-person visit, because a liberal like Ms. McGinty is exactly the kind of senator Mr. Sanders wants at his side in Washington.

On security issues, there is little distinction between Ms. McGinty and Mr. Sanders. Both support closing down the prison for terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, both support the dangerous sanctuary-city policy that has resulted in the sexual assault of young children in Philadelphia, and both are ardent supporters of President Barack Obama’s reckless nuclear deal with Iran.

Perhaps most alarming, both Ms. McGinty and Mr. Sanders have clung to the Iran deal despite a wave of news reports detailing the administration’s ransom payments to the world’s largest state sponsor of terror. Even as Republican and Democratic senators alike have opposed the deal, Katie McGinty and Bernie Sanders adopted nearly identical responses. Mr. Sanders praised the deal as “the best way forward,” while Ms. McGinty hailed it as “the best path.”

Similarly, Mr. Sanders and Ms. McGinty might as well be twins on fiscal issues like taxes and spending. Both support trillion-dollar spending programs that would be paid for on the backs of hardworking middle-income families. The liberal duo favor a single-payer health care system, even though left-leaning studies concede it will cost an astronomical $32 trillion over 10 years. Both support the medical-device tax in Obamacare — which hits Pennsylvania especially hard, since the industry supports approximately 20,000 jobs at over 600 companies in the commonwealth. And this extreme team even supports the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, which would hit families of all income levels with a $30 billion per year payroll tax increase.

Finally, Mr. Sanders and Ms. McGinty have both built careers as supporters of massive regulatory expansion that would destroy jobs across America. For example, both are fond of a radical cap-and-trade energy plan that essentially would tax nearly every aspect of our daily lives. According to an estimate by members of the nonpartisan Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, this tax could destroy 66,000 jobs across Pennsylvania. The National Association of Manufacturers pegged that number at a whopping 2.4 million jobs nationwide. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania household energy costs would rise $1,200 per family.

Numerous Pennsylvania Democrats joined Republicans in Congress in opposing this terrible job-killing policy. But Ms. McGinty is following Mr. Sanders’ liberal lead and calls herself the “biggest cheerleader” for the cap-and-trade energy tax.

It is clear that Ms. McGinty is not running for the U.S. Senate to be an independent voice for Pennsylvania, but to be a prized foot soldier in Mr. Sanders’ left-wing crusade. But even Pennsylvania Democrats rejected Mr. Sanders’ far-left agenda in the primary this spring.
Pennsylvania is a big, diverse state filled with hardworking families across the political spectrum. They support a strong foreign policy that prioritizes American security. They support responsible government spending that protects their hard-earned tax dollars over wasteful spending that props up special interests. They are looking for policies that create good-paying jobs.

This November, Pennsylvania voters face a stark choice between Katie McGinty and Sen. Pat Toomey. Unlike Ms. McGinty, Mr. Toomey is a pragmatic leader who has fought to lower tax rates for all Pennsylvanians and the small businesses that make up the backbone of our economy.
Mr. Toomey is one of the strongest opponents of the Iran deal and has fought tirelessly to keep Pennsylvania safe, working to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and to dismantle sanctuary cities.

As Ms. McGinty fashions herself in the mold of self-described socialist Bernie Sanders, this choice will become even more stark.

Katie McGinty will soon find out what a majority of Pennsylvanians already know: Mr. Sanders’ extreme, job-killing agenda — now shared by Ms. McGinty — may be a good fit for Vermont, but it is not a good fit for Pennsylvania.

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Butler, represents the 3rd Congressional District.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Otto W. Voit III says he's running for PA state treasurer

Tuesday June 9, 2015 12:01 AM
By Liam Migdail-Smith

A Muhlenberg Township man with a background in business and statewide advocacy for school districts is hoping to be the state's next fiscal watchdog.
Otto W. Voit III announced his candidacy for state treasurer in an interview with the Reading Eagle on Monday. He's seeking the GOP nomination for the seat.

He said he's tired of seeing hard-working Pennsylvanians getting the short end of the state's financial troubles and hopes to draw on his business and finance background to right the ship.

"I said: Enough," Voit, 58, said. "Time for me to stop complaining and get into the game."

And he's putting everything on the line. He left his job as divisional president of a multinational dental products manufacturer and distributor in March to concentrate on campaigning full time.

Voters will choose the next state treasurer in the 2016 election.

Former Treasurer Rob McCord, a Montgomery County Democrat, resigned earlier this year and pleaded guilty in federal court to trying to strong-arm donations to his 2014 gubernatorial campaign from officials at two firms. Gov. Tom Wolf has nominated Montgomery County businessman Timothy A. Reese to fill in the remainder of McCord's term.

Voit said his focus now is on winning the Republican nomination. That will be decided in next April's primary election. But he said winning a statewide primary would be an uphill battle without picking up the state party's endorsement, which will be made in January.

He plans to boost his statewide profile by visiting every county before January to meet with local GOP chairs and the 342 committee people who will vote on the party's endorsement.

Voit's been a Muhlenberg School Board member for 16 years and serves as a governing board member and treasurer of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. He's also a trustee of the association's insurance trust and the investment fund that serves school districts and local government.

As treasurer, Voit said he would use his experience in public education and as a business financial chief to responsibly manage the state's money and work to reverse the state's unfavorable bond rating.

"Without fixing that, Pennsylvania can't grow," he said. "And if we can't grow, we can't create jobs."

And he said he'd take a leadership role in addressing the public pension debt by bringing both side of the debate together to brainstorm solutions. He said the key to resolving the financial crisis will be to focus on tackling the problem rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame.

Voit said his inspiration to seek public office was from his mother, Jeannine Fowler Voit, who died in 2013. He said he often turned to her for support and advice when facing challenges as a school board member.

"She believed in giving back and in public service and that's where I get it from," Voit said.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

I'll restore trust and integrity to the Attorney General's Office: John Rafferty

By PennLive Op-Ed 
on August 30, 2016 at 1:00 PM
By John Rafferty
The act of casting a vote for someone to serve in an elected office comes with an inherent agreement that the person elected to serve will do so while upholding the highest ethical standards.
According to voters, trust in those elected to represent us in office is at an all-time low. And with good reason.  
On the national level, we have a former Secretary of State whose use of a private email server, along with recurring questions about the relationship between the state department and the Clinton Foundation, continue to fuel questions about her ethics and her respect for the law. Voters can have no trust in a candidate who conducts themselves in that manner.
Here in Pennsylvania, we have our own crisis of confidence and trust with those we elected to serve us.  
When two former state treasurers are indicted or awaiting sentencing and a former U.S. Congressman convicted of corruption is also awaiting sentencing something is terribly wrong. 
A jury convicted our most recent attorney general of two felony perjury and abuse of power charges. She resigned in disgrace. All of that is unacceptable.
At a time in our country and our commonwealth when we face so many threats, both domestically and internationally, it is my firm belief that we must hold our public officials to a standard of conduct that is beyond reproach.  
In Pennsylvania, we face a heroin and opioid epidemic that is now the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania.
One priority for Pennsylvania Republicans this year is taking back an office they have long seen as rightfully theirs: the Office of Attorney General. The choice between candidates Joe Peters and John Rafferty largely hinges on the kind of experience that GOP voters want.
Our state economy is struggling under the weight of over regulation and the threat of higher taxes from both the federal and the state governments. We see our police, those who serve to protect us, attacked and killed.
We are under a constant threat from terrorists who wish to do us harm simply for being American, to name only a few of the many issues we will face on the national and state levels.
There can be no questions from our constituents as to whether those in elected office are operating in a "gray area," or are allowing conflicts of interest to become a question mark in their decisions.  
We know what happens when a politician, responsible for keeping us safe and looking out for our interests, chooses their own political ambitions over making the best decisions for the citizens of Pennsylvania.  Sadly, this is an issue for my opponent.
Beemer could have a lively, albeit short, tenure, but many think he's the right choice to help the state's top law enforcement agency regain its footing.
Throughout his political career, and especially in this race, prosecutors and members of his own party have accused Josh Shapiro of questionable practices, including awarding government contracts to top donors and taking contributions from individuals with a checkered past. 
Josh Shapiro accepted and then, under force, returned donations from individuals with corruption convictions. Some current Shapiro donors are even paying lawsuit settlements to attorneys general in other states.  
Add to that his refusal to step down from a role where, as an agent of the state, he is in a position to give grants to potential political backers, and it would appear that Shapiro has, at the very least, the appearance of an ethics problem. 
Would he earn your trust? I am convinced he would not. 
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania deserves an attorney general who is there to be exactly that, the top law enforcement officer of the state.  That is why I pledged from day one of my campaign that if elected I will not seek higher office and I will not use the Office of Attorney General to run for governor.  
I will guide all of my decisions and policies by my desire to keep you and your family safe and to uphold the law in Pennsylvania.  
I will make sure there will never be a need for anyone to question my ethics. My opponent will not make this pledge because his political aspirations go far beyond the Office of Attorney General. 
The Montgomery County commissioner faces GOP Sen. John Rafferty in the November election.
All of us in Pennsylvania paid a high price the past four years as we went down a path of distrust and lies. 
Ask yourself, don't we deserve better? I know we do. Your trust in me is a promise I will gladly and wholeheartedly fulfill.
The author, a state senator from Montgomery County, is the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania Attorney General.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Washington Star-News Endorses PA Congressman Lou Barletta

Washington Star News Desk August 17, 2016

Over these past weeks, the public and the Washington Star-News have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming congressional elections. Mr. Barletta’s honest, pragmatic, and hopeful insight into our country’s problems and needs, and his willingness to examine the issues and listen closely to the public’s questions and concerns, sets him far apart from the other candidates’ expected techniques and talk, and so we are writing today to express our support for re-election of Pennsylvania Congressman Lou Barletta‘s campaign with the intention to spread word to others of the value of his policies and abilities.

Lou Barletta is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Barletta was first elected by voters from Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District in 2010.

Barletta is running for re-election to his seat in 2016.

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