June 30, 2023


Bad News:  Al Schmidt Becomes PA’s Next Secretary of State


Al Schmidt has become PA’s next Secretary of State and here’s how it happened!  On Tuesday June 26th the Senate State Government Committee voted 10-1 to move Al Schmidt’s nomination to the full Senate for a vote.  Here’s the link to the committee roll call vote.   

Because the full Senate did not take action on this nomination by the 25th legislative day after Governor Shapiro nominated him, he automatically became PA’s next Secretary of State!  Thursday (6/29) was the 25th day!  Thus we have a RINO as our Secretary of State.  Here’s a little reminder of just who Al Schmidt is:

Governor Josh Shapiro’s very first cabinet pick is the former vice chair of Philadelphia’s Board of Elections to be the next PA Secretary of State, the one in charge of elections.  Republican Al Schmidt held that position in November 2020 and responded on January 6, 2021, “Our dedicated county employees worked under incredibly stressful circumstances to provide a fair and accurate election. Pennsylvanians can be proud that Philadelphia had the most transparent and secure election in the history of our city.”

Well, some doubt that statement.

A Republican city ward leader said, “I don’t think that Al was out to hurt anyone. I do think that him not liking the president could have clouded his judgment. He made it clear, he doesn’t like [Trump].”

Another GOP ward leader responded when asked about the counting of ballots in Philly in November 2020, “I’m not saying [Schmidt] did a bad job, I’m just saying I couldn’t know if he did a bad job because we couldn’t see the process.”

From a recent Arizona Sun Times article:

“In 2017, Schmidt, a Republican who was a Philadelphia city commissioner at the time, told a Pennsylvania Senate committee that there were over 100,000 matches of voter registration records to state driver’s license numbers with Immigration and Naturalization Service indicators.

The matches don’t mean that all of those people were registered to vote, but Schmidt argued:  “We’re not talking about an insignificant number here. We’re talking about a potentially very significant number of thousands and tens of thousands.”

Action Steps

Only Senator Doug Mastriano voted no in that committee!     Thank Senator Mastriano for taking a strong stand for election integrity.    His numbers are (717) 787-4651 (Harrisburg office), (717) 264-6100 (Chambersburg office), or (717) 334-4169 (Gettysburg office).  You can also email him at    If your Senator is on the Senate State Government Committee, you might want to give him or her a call and ask why they voted ‘yes’.    

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