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Legislature must not overturn will of voters

I am writing to express concern regarding a statement by Pennsylvania GOP chairman Lawrence Tabas, stating the state legislature would move to appoint Pennsylvania’s electors should President Donald Trump fail to win the state’s popular vote in the November election.

The U.S. Constitution grants the power to appoint electors to the legislature of the states. However, for the entirety of the modern era, electors have been appointed according to the popular voter winner of the state.

The justification for overriding the will of the voters centers around debunked claims of mail-in voter fraud. Let’s be clear: When voting by mail in PA, we are required to sign our ballot. This ballot signature is compared with the signature on file at the voter’s local election office.

Mail-in ballots are thus secure and not as easily manipulated as the president suggests.

Mark A. Frank

State College

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