Chesco Using Technicality In Attempt To Derail Election Investigation — Here is the latest regarding the attempt to get Chester County, Pa. Republican Recorder of Deeds candidate Brian D. Yanoviak — and others — access to digital copies of various election records including ballots, unredacted outer envelopes for mail-in ballots, unredacted poll books and the cast vote record for the central tabulator from the November 2023 election.
After Common Pleas Judge Anthony Vewrey denied the request, he was told there were serious errors of fact in his decision including that he cited arguments they did not make; invoked standards that were not applicable; and incorrectly cited state law. The appellants protested and Vewrey gave them 21 days from Dec. 18 to clarify their objections.
The appellants did so. The complaints were not addressed and so they appealed to Commonwealth Court.
The appellees — which are Chester County and the Chester County Board of Elections — are claiming the appellants failed to meet Vewrey’s deadline.
Commonwealth Court has asked for an explanation.
The appellants point out that Chester County cut off access to the electronic filing system so they were forced to use the United States Postal Services overnight priority mail on Jan. 7 which was 20 days after Vewrey’s order. They also emailed the appellees the documents the day of the deadline along with the postal receipts.
The documents mailed “overnight” were not picked up until Jan. 11.
Why is the county fighting this? Election integrity is an ever growing concern and every battle to obstruct transparency makes it grow faster. The county could have resolved this in November with far less money and effort.
Chesco Using Technicality In Attempt To Derail Election Investigation