May 22, 2023


PA Secretary of State Nominee Refuses to Cooperate


PA’s Acting Secretary of State, Al Schmidt, has refused to cooperate with an election integrity group.   From an Arizona Sun Times article:

“Pennsylvania has been covering up for years, the tens of thousands of aliens who got on the voter rolls there for 20 years,” J. Christian Adams, president of the watchdog group Public Interest Legal Foundation, told “Just the News, No Noise” TV show this week, while also saying acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State Al Schmidt “knows the truth and won’t tell it.”

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.”
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For a recap of who this individual 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.”

Action Steps

Fast forward from 2017 to 2023:   The Public Interest Legal Foundation sued PA in 2018 to obtain its voter list records . . .  and they’re still waiting!!   In March 2022, the US District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled the commonwealth had to provide the election integrity group with the documents.   The commonwealth has appealed the decision. 

In 2017 Al Schmidt indicated he knew there was a major problem with the voter rolls, but by November 2020 everything was “great” in Philadelphia; now Democrat Josh Shapiro has tapped Republican Al Schmidt to be PA’s next Secretary of State! 

Click here to ask your State Senator to reject Al Schmidt as the next PA Secretary of State.

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