Mancini Wants Summary Judgement In Delco Election Right To Know Case

Mancini Wants Summary Judgement In Delco Election Right To Know Case –Robert Mancini of Media has requested a summary judgement regarding a right-to-know case heard May 24 before Delaware County (Pa) Common Pleas Court Judge Spiros Angelos.

Mancini wants a written admission from the county that the “trusted build validation records” for the county’s Hart Intercivic used in the November 2022 election do not exist. He also wants attorneys’ fees, a civil penalty and other sanctions as assessed by the court.

The hearing was held to determine whether Delco has to give certain elections records sought by Mancini as per right-to-know requests filed last year.

The county initially refused.

So, Mancini appealed to Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records which ruled in his favor.

While the county reluctantly conceded four cases after arbitration, they appealed four others to Common Pleas Court.

Delco just does not want to give the public a numerical list of voters in a Marple precinct; records associated with election machines; a list of applications for mail-in ballots; and other ballot records such as what was discussed with Fort Orange Press of Albany, N.Y., which prints the county’s election ballots.

Why are Delco’s ballots being printed in New York, anyway?

But leave that aside.

The May 24 hearing was to consolidate the cases.

A dispute arose in which Mancini said the County never created the records that he was seeking.

So County Director of Elections Jim Allen took the stand.

Mancini says the county never verified the “trusted build” of the software which is something is required by the state when software is installed or upgraded on voting machines.

Allen said it was something not required for the November 2022 election.

Mancini citing the Elections Assistance Commission says it was.

And that’s where we leave it.

I actually feel a little sympathy for Allen.

Like myself, he’s not a tech guy and our voting system has become pointlessly complicated.

I saw this as a “machine operator” for my precinct during the May 16 Primary.

My precinct didn’t have any serious issues — albeit there was a power outage –and I’m confident the votes were tallied accurately. I don’t trust those machines, however. Not because I thought they were rigged but rather rickety and overly complex. During set up and take down, I saw way too many possibilities for things causing major delays.

The ones assigned to us even had parts missing. Obviously nothing too serious but the lifespan on these expensive devices cannot be long. What if they fail in the middle of the day? It would likely be an hour delay. Yes, voters would be disenfranchised.

With the analog lever machines used two decades ago, winners were almost always quickly determined, and while that was the case in this low-turnout race, the last few cycles saw the norm as otherwise.

We hear Delco Council is going to vote June 7 to replace the tested and highly efficient ink and paper voter lists with electronic pads.

Why? Because they are neat and new? I suspect it’s because we have highly miseducated and rather stupid people running things.

Sorry to be mean but if humanity hopes to survive it better begin considering digital ancillary to analog. This ZeroHedge story foretells our future if we continue to let those like our present leaders stay in office.

And whenever I want to give Allen et al the benefit of the doubt regarding election integrity, they pull a mind-numbed stunt that quashes whatever benefit I was prepared to give.

Hey Jim, why not just give Mancini what he wants? Your argument is that he has to use a process under the Election Code rather than the Right to Know Law. Why not put the principle of public transparency over kommissar-functionarism?

You have any idea how many people in this county think we no longer live in a democracy?

Transparency is the only answer.

Which gets us to yesterday’s story. Delco’s functionaries fought, in violation of state law, to keep candidates and other citizens from seeing mail-in ballot envelopes.

Why? Because our wee wee is bigger? That actually would be the innocent explanation.

So after threats and a Commonwealth Court filing, Delco, again grudgingly, agreed to let The People see the envelopes but with a lot of pointless rules like no photographing.

The People said no, and Delco conceded allowing the photographing.

Then we learn that the county is taping over signatures, which very well may be spoliation of evidence.

“A public record, is a public record, including the electors signature, which is clearly the intent of Act 77, Section 1309, for the public to examine,” said Greg Stenstrom of Glen Mills, who is one of those seeking access.   “It is not up to you, or the Delaware County Solicitors, or even Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth to bureaucratically decide what part of the public record you will allow us to see.”

Stenstrom noted that there are multiple ways to redact signatures from photographic images if that should become a requirement.

It’s disconcerting, though, that Delco election officials really don’t want anyone to see if the envelopes are signed.

And on an unrelated matter, we’d like to congratulate Robert Mancini’s daughter El, a student at La Salle, who finished first in the women’ts 10K at the NCAA East Preliminaries. She will advance to the nationals in Texas. Her time was 33:13.35.

Mancini Wants Summary Judgement In Delco Election Right To Know Case

Mancini Wants Summary Judgement In Delco Election Right To Know Case

Recount Raised Suspicions In Delaware County, Pa.; Why Play Games If No Vote Fraud?

Recount Raised Suspicions In Delaware County, Pa. — Judge Barry Dozor, in November, garnered an agreement for a hand recount of ballots in the 3rd Precinct of Haverford’s 2nd Ward from the just-past election.

It would be voluntary, non-binding and the sole purpose would be to alleviate the suspicions of vote fraud for those who brought the matter before him.

It was held Jan. 12.

At the Jan. 18 Delaware County Council (Pa.) meeting, Jim Allen, who is Delco’s director of election operations, crowed that it was found to be 100-percent in compliance with the official results, and those with concerns were allowed within two-feet of the ballots.

We heard him at the meeting and felt good. Maybe Delco, is not some kind of banana republic, after all.

But it looks like we were fooled.

You should have followed Democrat SOP, Jim, and kept them 20-feet away.

One of the observers was Erich Speckin of Speckin Forensics, one of the nation’s most respected experts in document analysis with a long legal track-record in cases ranging from Hollywood to Big Oil.

And yesterday, Feb. 14, he released a report.

He says the ground rules laid by Allen included a prohibition on photography of documents, something Speckin found unusual in his 29 years of experience, and found the ballots had been already placed in non-secured trays and bags upon their arrival.

“The mail-in ballots were not secured in the process from the time they are opened from the envelopes and stored in plastic totes,” said Speckin.

He said the manner in which the ballots were counted were akin to how one would count a deck of cards.

Damningly, the ballots had different shading in the backgrounds and color of red. This would not have happened if the ballots came from the same printer in Albany, N.Y., as Allen claims.

“If the process of shifting ballots were slowed down or the ballots actually examined under magnification, further instances of printing process anomalies may be found,” he said.

He recommended an examination of a broader sampling of mail-in ballots.

If Allen had nothing to hide why would he play games? Why not bend over backwards to ease all concerns about the legitimacy of the election? Let the ballots be photographed. Keep things secured until the count. Don’t shuffle the ballots like a card shark. Is he not aware that he is becoming a bit of a national figure?

Those running Delaware County should care that a large percent of residents have concerns about its elections. Obviously, they don’t.

County residents must not get discouraged, though. We must stay involved in the process. It is more important than ever that we vote as it is the only way to force their hand.

Below is Speckin’s statement. Click to enlarge.

Recount Raised Suspicions In Delaware County, Pa.
Recount Raised Suspicions In Delaware County, Pa.
Recount Raised Suspicions In Delaware County, Pa.; Why Play Games If No Vote Fraud?

Narrow D Win In Bucks County

Narrow D Win In Bucks County

By Bob Small

F. Todd Polinchock, a two term GOP incumbent lost in the November election.  One of his many issues was tougher gun legislation and other anti-crime measures.  He also wanted greater energy production.

He is a pro life supporter. 

He is a Realtor.

The Democrat winner, Brian Munroe had 16,123 votes to Polinchock’s 15,608 or 50.8 percent. A victory but hardly a mandate.

Narrow D Win In Bucks County
Brian Munroe

PA house district 144 consists of 5 areas in Bucks County. Since it’s creation in 1969, all the State House representatives had been Republican.

Munroe has been an emergency medical technician and a Radnor Police officer. He was also a volunteer firefighter.  He is a US Navy Veteran.

Among his signature positions are pro-choice, Green Jobs, increasing healthcare coverage, and a iving wage. He has also come out for free community college. For other positions, see his website.

Reviewing the five PA House incumbents who lost, four of them were GOP.  Some of this was due to redistricting and some may have been the statewide candidates at the top of the ticket.

Or maybe something else.

Like in many political setbacks, there are lessons to be learned by more astute minds than mine.

Delco Loses GOP Incumbent

Delco Loses GOP Incumbent

By Bob Small

Delco House Representative Chris Quinn lost his seat to Lisa Borowski; 15,928 votes to 13,091. Chris Quinn was first elected in 2016.

Lisa will be the first Democrat representing the 168th.

“When the legislative redistricting committee specifically draws maps to create 100 Republican and 100 Democratic seats-primarily by drawing heavily favored Democratic favored districts in Southeastern Pa-the results are not surprising.  Due to gerrymandering, I lost approximately half of my district,” Quinn said.  “ I fear that the end result will be increased partisanship and gridlock in the legislature for years to come’”

As of Dec. 15, both the Democrats and Republicans are still fighting over who has the majority and which party can schedule Special Elections.

Delco Loses GOP Incumbent
Lisa Borowski

Quinn was named Legislator of the Year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his work on Deanna’s Law.  (HB 773)  

He will continue to serve on the board of directors of Lifetime Wells International.

The 168th consists of Radnor, Newtown, Edgmont along with the 3, 4 districts, and 2nd District, 3rd Division of Middletown. It had been GOP since its creation in 1969, with the only two other Representatives being Matthew J. Ryan and Tom Killion.

Lisa Borowski had been vice-president of the Radnor School Board and President of the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners. She and her husband Mark have two chilldren.

Her issues included raising funding for the Philadelphia Police Department via the Philly Foundation; automatic voter registration, expanded early voting, making Election Day a holiday, red flag laws and universal background checks for gun purchases.

Delco Loses GOP Incumbent

Montco House Incumbent Lost By 58 Votes

Montco House Incumbent Lost By 58 Votes

By Bob Small

In what may have been the closest Pennsylvania House race this year, Melissa Cerrato had 16,799 votes for the PA 151st   District, while incumbent Todd Stephens had 16,741.  Though the difference was only  58 votes, on Nov. 17 Todd Stephens conceded.

Todd Stephens was first elected in 2010.  In 2010 Pa. Senator Arlen Specter lost in theprimary, to “the Admiral”, Joe Sestak, who , in turn lost in the General Election.  And that’s how Senator Pat Toomey was first elected.

At the time, it was thought Cerrato’s election gave the Dems a 102 member majority in the House.  However, this is now being questioned.

Democrat State Senator Tony Deluca died on Oct. 9 and there’s a contention he should not be included in the 102 majority.

The special elections, so far, will also involve Austin Davis, John Gordner, and Summer Lee.

Todd Stephens graduated Widener University School of Law.  In 2004, he was appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney, later appointed to the Firearms Unit. When he resigned in 2010, he had achieved a 99 percent conviction rate with 1,500 convictions, including 18 homicide convictions.

According to Ballotpedia, there were over a hundred bills sponsored by Todd Stepherns;

This summer, he sponsored House Bill 2125 which would ban the criminalization of homosexuality.

Stephens said “Love should never be illegal”. This does not fit the stereotype of a conservative republican, as portrayed in the legacy media.

The 151st District is in Montgomery County and includes  Horsham and parts of Upper Dublin Township.

Melissa Cerrato had been chief of staff to PA State Rep Liz Hanbidge (D-61). Prior to that, she had been an elder caregiver and Uber driver, all the while being a mother to four children.  Her husband, John is a member of Steamfitters Local 420.

She has an extensive list of priorities (see the above website) but some main ones are affordable child care, clean air and pure water, decreasing drug costs, and living wage.

Montco House Incumbent Lost By 58 Votes
Montco House Incumbent Lost By 58 Votes

Pennsylvania Election Bright Spots

Pennsylvania Election Bright Spots — Carmela Ciliberti’s latest podcast, from Dec. 5, is a postmortem on the November election in the Keystone State.

She notes that while it appears the Democrats will flip the State House — three unfilled seats in the Pittsburgh area are almost certainly going to go D which will give that party a one-vote advantage — many new Republicans have been elected in both the House and Senate and they are not beholden to the old ways of doing things.

And the GOP still have a 28-22 edge in the Senate losing no seats albeit John Yudichak, the former Independent who represented the 14th District, is being replaced by true-blue D Nick Miller.

Yudichak had been a D but switched to Independent and caucused with the Republicans. He declined to seek re-election after the 14th, which had been centered in Luzerne County, was redistricted to the Lehigh Valley.

Carmela notes that the election also remains uncertified and that 147 petitions for recounts have been filed in 41 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

She notes that Sen. Ryan Aument, the Republican hack from the 36th District in Lancaster County, wants to make recounts harder claiming they are a waste of time and money.

Aument is the Senate’s GOP Caucus Secretary.

Hey Senator, why not ban ballot harvesting and mail-in ballots? Too hard? How about 24/7 ballot dropboxes? You think the solar-powered cameras are good enough security? Let’s look at the log the officer supposedly doing the surveilling keeps. There will obviously be some suspicious behavior recorded if something is watched 24/7 for a month. He is keeping a log right?

Check out Carmela’s podcast here:

She welcomes subscribers.

Pennsylvania Election Bright Spots
Pennsylvania Election Bright Spots

The Traveling Man Leaves Harrisburg; Farewell Chris Sainato

The Traveling Man Leaves Harrisburg; Farewell Chris Sainato

By Bob Small

I’m a travelin’ man, I’ve made a lot of stops
All over the states

When Chris Sainato was first elected to the Pennsylvania House in 1994,  his fellow Democrat, the little remembered Harris Wofford, was a sitting  senator.  Chris served 13 more terms until he was defeated a month ago, by Republican political newcomer Marla Gallo Brown.

Sainato’s most notable achievement in 28 years in the State House,was billing the taxpayers $1.8 million in expenses, most of it for travel.

This doesn’t mean that the long-timer bachelor legislator did anything illegal. Although one wonders if any married male or female legislator could travel that much. He went to about 25 out-of-state conferences in addition to his travels throughout Pennsylvania.

And with the party now over — really $1.8 million or so does not equate to 25 trips to conference rooms in places like Des Moines — he bemoans the loss of bipartisanship.

“The Democrats went too far left, and the Republicans went too far right. We were electing members for whom the other side was the enemy, someone you must defeat,” he said.

Sainato has been the primary sponsor on only two of the bills that have become law, as per the Legislative Reference Bureau of Pennsylvania.

The Traveling Man Leaves Harrisburg
Chris Sainato

The 14 municipalities he represents are in Lawrence County (created March 20, 1849, from parts of Beaver and Mercer counties, and named after the flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry which, in turn, was named after naval officer James Lawrence, who died during the War of 1812). Lawrence County is known for being the Fireworks Capital of Pennsylvania and for having the second largest Amish community in Pennsylvania, and is about 250 miles from Harrisburg.

He has a bachelor’s degree in educational social services from Youngstown State. He once got in trouble for a Facebook post wishing his followers a happy “Festivus”.

Sainato’s opponent, 52-year-old opponent Marla Gallo Brown received 13,688 votes, to 12,181 for the incumbent.

Ms. Brown was raised in Edinburgh, PA., and graduated from Gannon College (in Erie) with a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing. She joined United Parcel Services (UPS), where she rose to become head of its UK Marketing Division in London. After 15 years, she left the company to operate a medical spa in Georgia. She then became a CEO with the Pregnancy Aid Clinic, a non-profit pro-life organization.

She moved from Georgia to Lawrence County in 2018.

She supports charter schools, pro-life politics, and a reduction in gasoline taxes. She opposes the participation in female sports of males who identify as females. For her other positions, see her web site.

The Traveling Man Leaves Harrisburg; Farewell Chris Sainato

15-Term House Member Upset in Chesco

15-Term House Member Upset in Chesco

By Bob Small

There were five incumbents who won’t be returning to the Pa House after the results of November’s election. Two of them, one from each party, were incumbents of three decades’ standing.

Democrat Paul F. Friel, Jr., won 55.6 percent of the total votes, while incumbent Timothy F. Hennessey garnered only 44.24 percent.

Timothy F. Hennessey was first elected to Pennsylvania House District 26 in 1992. Bob Casey, Sr., was then the governor. The newly redistricted PA House District 26 now covers Phoenixville and 10 other Chesco municipalities. 

Friel cited many factors for his victory, including the redistricting of House seats to favor the Democrats, the importance of the abortion issue, and the appeal of the individual candidates at the top of the ticket.

Timothy F. Hennessey has been active throughout his terms in office. Most recently, his safe-driving bill was  signed into law. In addition, along with others, he advocated for funding for Montgomery County’s New Missions Child Advocacy Center, and he has been involved with other issues including the issue of driverless cars. See his website for more details.

On Dec. 4, 2021, Hennessey was one of the 64 Republicans who signed a four-point objections bill challenging Pennsylvania’s electoral votes in Congress on Janury 6. Hennessey was later quoted as saying he was “shocked and appalled by”  the violence of January 6. He went on to say “the election is over, Biden won”.

Friel is a member of the Owen J. Roberts (OJR) School Board. He says OJR hasn’t been caught up in CRT (Critical Race Theory) or gender and trans issues. In fact, OJR   hasn’t changed its stance on these policies for at least a decade.

The other long-term State House incumbent to lose his position on Nov. 8 was Democrat Chris Sainato of Lawrence County in the 9th District.

15-Term House Member Upset in Chesco
15-Term House Member Upset in Chesco

Delco Election Concerns Aired In 9-Hour Hearing Before Judge Dozor

Delco Election Concerns Aired In 9-Hour Hearing Before Judge DozorUpdate: Judge Dozor has ruled that certification can proceed. Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Barry Dozor presided over a remarkable nine-hour hearing, yesterday, Nov. 21, concerning the request by Leah Hoopes, Gregory Stenstrom and Nicole Missino that certification of the Pennsylvania county’s certification of votes from the Nov. 8 election be postponed until Nov. 28 so a hearing could be held at which evidence could be presented regarding election irregularities.

Well, the hearing was basically held but limited to specific allegations made in the plaintiffs filing, namely that 2,778 records of requests for mail-in ballots were deleted by the county; at least 194 voter registration records of individuals who voted were deleted; a partisan third-party was allowed to control and tabulate mail-in ballots; and the chain of custody was adulterated by detouring the election-night journey of the county’s physical ballots and v-drives for six hours into a closed building, where poll watchers were prohibited from entering, before continuing the delivery to the centralized counting center at the Wharf Building in Chester.

These claims were generally, and reasonably, explained by the County during the course of the day but other troubling points were brought up.

Delco Election Concerns Aired In 9-Hour Hearing Before Judge Dozor
Judge Barry Dozor, the patience of a saint

Judge Dozor, who deserves great praise, is expected to rule today.

Mrs. Hoopes and Stenstrom were certified poll watchers while Mrs. Missino was the Republican candidate for the 165th District in the State House.

They represented themselves. Attorneys are notably reluctant to take vote fraud cases in Delco for fear of repercussions. Deborah Silver, a previous attorney for Mrs. Hoopes and Stenstrom, faced an attempt to disbar her which reportedly cost her $20,000 to beat.

The plaintiffs lack of experience led them to make mistakes. They were unable to call expert witnesses including data expert Robert Martini, who was unable to present a report which we are including at the end of this article. Martini, as a fact witness, testified, however, that the machine tape in the 1st Precinct of Marple’s 7th Ward was missing a hashcode.

This is a legitimate concern. If it happened there it likely happened elsewhere and reveals a security issue.

Mrs. Missino was unable to get into the record the voters who told her that their votes were never tallied.

Joan Weber, an entrepreneur who had been director of finance for Conde Nast, was unable to testify regarding the strange shrinkage in the tally for mail-in ballot requests she recorded from the state’s OpenDataPa website.

Julie Yu, whose report of election day ballots being taken unexpectedly from the Springfield Library dropbox to the county-owned “Flagship Building” at 2 W Baltimore Pike, in Media, might have made the most significant claim. The ballots had been expected to go to the counting center at the Wharf in Chester. The change caused suspicion regarding the the chain of custody.

Delco Election Concerns Aired In 9-Hour Hearing Before Judge Dozor
Rally at the courthouse before the hearing

James Allen, the county director of election operations, testified the change was due to Act 88 that was passed by the state legislature in July.

To get funding provided by the act, the county had to agree to, among other things, that it post on its publicly accessible Internet website an unofficial number of absentee ballots and mail-in ballots received for the election by 12:01 a.m.

This required election night procedures for the collection of dropbox ballots to be changed for logistical reasons, Allen said.

In previous elections — and in the weeks before election night — dropbox ballots were and are collected by county employees using vans and taken directly to the counting center. The new constraints led to the election night dropboxes being collected by two-person teams using private cars, with at least one member of the team being a county employee, according to Allen. Rather than being taken directly to Chester these ballots were first gathered at the Flagship Building.

Mrs. Hoopes, in her cross-examination, got Allen to admit that the change was never made public and that the county guidelines actually called for the ballots to go to Rose Tree Park on election night.

Things like this are what causes suspicions to arise.

Laureen Hagan, chief clerk of the Bureau of Elections, testified that the county never deletes requests for mail-in ballots. It remained unanswered as to why 2,778 such requests appear to have been deleted.

Stenstrom testified that he saw a cart of between 20,000 and 30,000 pre-canvassed ballots without pedigree at the Wharf on Election Night and that at 8:05 p.m., about 25,000 votes almost immediately appeared with lopsided margin for Democrats.

The logic and accuracy testing for the scanning machines was a big issue throughout the day with attorneys Nick Centrella, representing the Election Board, and William Martin, representing the County, desperately trying to keep it out.

Mrs. Hoopes got it on record that Delco was not following state protocols in its testing. She also got it on record that the county followed directives from their information technology guy rather than what was prescribed by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Gavin Lawn, an observer at the counting center, testified he was inspired to become involved after receiving 13 mail-in ballots at his home in 2020. He said during his scheduled shift on Nov. 9, the door to the counting room was locked despite their being people inside.

Stenstrom said that he’d like the Judge to let him compare the ballot images from the scanner with the Department of State database to ease any concerns about the election being rigged. He said this could be done quickly and easily using off-the-shelf software without affecting the integrity of the machine.

There is no reason not to let citizens be allowed this access.

County solicitor Martin implied the plaintiffs and their supporters were merely sore losers motivated entirely by a dislike for mail-in ballots rather than legitimate concerns about the election.

About 40 people packed Courtroom 7 with another reported 80 in an overflow courtroom. About 20 stayed the whole nine hours.

Again kudos to Judge Dozor for the effort to address concerns.

And kudos to Stenstrom, Mrs. Hoopes, and Mrs. Missino and their supporters who — unlike Martin — were not paid for the nine hours.

And there remains, Mr. Martin, no reason — or state mandate — for the county to have unsupervised dropboxes accessible 24/7. Poorly monitored screens of images from solar-powered cameras do not cut it for supervision and the only reasons not restrict the boxes to government buildings during business hours are reasons that raise suspicions.

Here is the report Robert Mancini prepared regarding voting issues in Delaware County:

Delco Election Concerns Aired In 9-Hour Hearing Before Judge Dozor

Delco Election Abnormalities Being Discussed Now

Delco Election Abnormalities Being Discussed Now — Greg Stenstrom and Leah Hoopes are on Rumble right now discussing the certification of ballots in Delaware County, Pa.

The interviewer are Nick Moseder and The Gateway Pundit’s Brian Lupo 

Leah, Greg and Nicole Missino are asking for emergency motion for a temporary restraining order to delay the certifying of Delaware County, Pa. results.

A hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 21, in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

The plaintiffs are saying, among other things, is that physical ballots and v-drives were reportedly taken to a closed building without observers present and kept there for six hours before being taken to the counting center. This would shatter the chain of custody along with breaking the law that the ballots go directly to the counting center.

Here is the link to the interview:

Delco Election Abnormalities Being Discussed Now
Delco Election Abnormalities Being Discussed Now