Ah yes folks, the 2016 election will not be over anytime soon. Today as I write this post, committee people from all over Montgomery County are poring into Voter Services in that county with legal petitions for RECOUNTS.
Thus far the Montgomery County Board of Elections is REFUSING to accept the recount petitions according to my sources inside the building. These are NOT court proceedings, although I was told there was some sort of hearing at 3 pm today on the election and that is why some people feel this push back in Norristown in this particular office is to stall for time, and is that nuts or what? Here is hoping someone gets this fairly in front of a judge today, right?
There have been problems reported here for quite a while in this office and can it be said some people say since Josh Shapiro came in as a County Commissioner? And where is the PA Attorney General in Waiting during this hot mess today? Or Val Arkoosh who is not only Chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners now but the Chair of Montgomery County Board of Elections???? Asleep at the wheel much Dr. Val Arkoosh? And what about the Chief Clerk Lauren Lambrugo? What is she doing?
“Ray McGarry, the county solicitor, has held firm. The Election Board will accept them (petitions) for service only. It is the Election Board’s position that our only recourse is via the court — either a court ordered recount or a decision that the position we have taken is correct. In any event the Montco Election Board has handled this abysmally, in my opinion.”
Now I know Montgomery County folks have been up in arms because the absentee ballots were NOT even mailed out in a timely fashion.
Now the County Board here has been claiming that the petitions need to go to prothonatary office then to judge, emergency filing with judge/court to order county election board to recount. But my sources which include lawyers tell me that in PA supposedly this is a layer not needed, the county board can accept the petitions so what the heck is is going on? Doesn’t every vote count???
I spoke to a committee person in Narberth who is a dear friend. Her name is Gigi Tevlin-Moffatt and she is also a Narberth Borough Councilwoman. When I asked her about this she said:
“I am so confused by this entire process at Montco Voter Services. My concern is multi-layered, and this office knew a recount was underway in the entire state, what is the delay at the counter? Why make petitioners literally wait all day?
The decision from the County Solicitor came so late… why was this not posted? Are we really telling voters that if they dare raise a red flag of ‘recount’ that they have to have thousands of dollars and a day off from work and their lives to receive a decent response?”
So is this just a case of they still need to take out the trash in Norristown or something deeper and more insidious? You see, this is not a Republican or Democrat thing, this is an all around voter thing. As a citizen, your voice is heard with your vote often if it is heard no other way. So if your voice is not heard because your vote is suppressed, what of our inalienable rights as Americans?
Sign me glad I do not live in Montgomery County any longer. I also wonder if Val Arkoosh is fit to lead Montgomery County Solicitors? Can she be removed from office? And this opinion is nothing new…I had reservations when she tried and failed miserably at running for Congress.
Oh and media was on site so I am not making this up and it will be on the news. It’s like Storming the Bastille today over there in Norristown for Pete’s sake!