Source: Beth Brelje

The Pennsylvania Senate this week approved legislation preventing the future use of unsecured ballot drop-boxes. The vote was 29-20, along party lines. Republicans have the majority in the House and Senate.

The measure comes after evidence of fraudulent voting methods used in Pennsylvania’s October 2021 general election, documented to Senate members in videos and in a letter written by Lehigh County, District Attorney James B. Martin.

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In an April 4, 2022 letter to the Election Board of Lehigh County, Martin described an investigation county detectives conducted at the urging of the Lehigh County Republican Committee, that found hundreds of people put multiple ballots into unmanned drop-boxes. Videos show individuals in Lehigh and Lackawanna counties putting as many as five ballots in drop-boxes.

Pennsylvania law requires a voter to send an absentee ballot by mail or deliver it personally.