State Races Got Higher Totals Than Local Ones
By Loranne Mazzulo
I live in Edgmont, Delaware County, Pa. and I was a school board candidate for for the Rose Tree Media School District on Nov. 7.
I would like to say I am making NO accusations or asserting that I am 100 percent correct on some of the things I am going to explain.
I will be clear that I was not looking for what I happened to come across.
This began when I couldn’t believe that Bob Steiner, running for Edgmont Township Supervisor, lost the election. Edgmont is a Republican community, Bob is extremely well liked and respected, hence my shock. So I started flipping through the election results in both precincts in Edgmont. I live in Precinct 1.
As I was reviewing these results it seemed extremely odd that there would be significantly more number of votes cast in the election for the Justice of the Supreme Court, as opposed to a local and very popular township supervisor election. Edgmont has been battling the school district for the past two years and this race between the two supervisors has been highly anticipated. There is no way more people would cast votes for the higher offices than the local ones.
There is not another race that had more votes than the Supreme Court race between MCCaffery and Carluccio on the Edgmont result sheets!
I am not a super political person, I am familiar with races in general but basically I’m just the average citizen. So I thought to myself… “if I were going to go and just vote one race, would it be the BIG statewide race that I knew very little about??? NO WAY!!!
Why would there be more votes in the Supreme Court Race??? If you care that much about politics to vote in the Supreme Court Race, you would also care about your local politics that affect your everyday life.
Ok so here is what I found as I went through reviewing the Edgmont in-person voting for two person races.
Justice of Supreme Court (McCaffrey/Carluccio) Cast Votes: 763
Judge of Commonwealth Court (Wolf/Martin) Cast Votes: 744
Judge of Common Pleas (Berry/Sutphin) Cast Votes: 747
DA (Stolsteimer/Miscichowski) Cst Votes: 750
Edgmont Auditor (DiPillo/Besvinick) Cast Votes: 743
Edgmont Supervisor (Thorne/Steiner) Cast Votes: 735
NOTE: 1% more votes cast for Supreme Court than next highest.
Supreme Court: 500
Common Pleas: 500
There were 1 percent more votes in Edgmont 2 for Supreme Court (500) than local elections (492).
So you may think ahh 1 percent, that’s so small what’s the big deal?.
Well we are talking about 10 to 20 extra votes for SOMEONE in the Supreme Court race! That’s just one little town in PA. What if we look at the rest of the county????? Guess what pick a precinct in the county… you will see this same pattern. It doesn’t matter if it is 1 extra vote for the Supreme Court race or 20. It adds up! I have included a couple for your viewing. But rest assured this pattern repeats for every precinct I looked at! Think about it 1 percent, who is gonna notice, I only noticed because I was looking for something else. Its such a small amount barely matters, but in the grand scheme of a statewide election. It is HUGE!!!
Delaware County Results: More votes cast for the Supreme Court Race than any of the other county wide races:
Supreme Court: 113,022
CommonWealth Court: 111,352 Common Pleas: 111,319
That’s a difference of approximately 1670 votes, JUST from DELCO!!! There are 67 counties in the state of Pennsylvania!! I also cant rule out that the two other elections above did not benefit from some extra votes as well, if that is the case we are looking at more votes than just 1670.
Next, if this is happening in Delaware County. Could it be happening in other counties? Why yes it is!!!
I will start with Erie County, because I think this is mostly what I would expect in an election::
This seems like it was not “tampered” with to me.
In person voting:
Supreme Court: 41482 Commonwealth Court: 40958 Common Pleas (local): 42031 Controller (local): 41441
Note I suspect other smaller counties, but not all, will look like this but I have not looked at them all.
Another small county is Adams. You have to look at local races that have 4 people and make the assumption that if you divide the total in two, and each voter voted for two people you get the total number of votes cast. (no 2 person races listed on county site) Copy is provided of Adams County.
Supreme court total votes cast: 22,797
Superior Court (Beck, Lane, Battista, Small): 40,843 divided by 2= @20,422 Commonwealth Court: 22654
NOTE IF YOU COMPARE THE SECOND HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES, YOU ARE LOOKING AT @1% more for Supreme Court. . Remember this is likely 1 to 5 extra votes for Supreme Court at each precinct in Adams County.
I’m going to run through a few more larger counties but the same thing repeats!!! Court race has MORE votes. .
Lancaster County, in person::
Supreme Court: 97472 Commonwealth: 97121 Wills: 95491
Supreme Court: 73,554 Commonwealth: 73034 Controller: 72879 Coroner: 72,686
Supreme Court: 197,631 Commonwealth: 196,778 Wills: 195,911 Treasurer: 196,085
Clerk of Ct: 195,595
Montgomery County In Person:
Supreme Court: 175, 225 Commonwealth: 174,103 Common Pleas: 172,804 Clerk of Courts: 173,143 Controller: 172,708
Supreme Court: 91310 Commonwealth: 90152 Sheriff: 90674
Supreme Court: 81625 Commonwealth: 80029 Controller: 81039 Wills: 80861
I’m going to end here, I have not looked at every County.
consistently appearing that more votes are being cast for the Supreme court race? Where are these votes coming from? We all know that next year is a presidential election, with the win of McCaffery the Supreme Court of PA is 5 Dems and 2 republicans!
Looking at Edgmont as an example, I can only surmise that either 13 people cast votes with ONLY the supreme court race checked off, or something crooked went on.
My hope is that I am completely wrong and I am missing something that will make all of this make sense. If I am not wrong I hope that someone will look into this and figure out what is going on.
State Races Got Higher Totals Than Local Ones