Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf(D) admitted during a recent interview with KDKA radio that he had his wife drop off his mail-in ballot for him.
Wolf claims “it was an honest mistake.”
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf admitted this week he made a mistake when he allowed his wife to drop off his mail-in ballot ahead of Tuesday’s municipal elections.
The comments came during an interview with KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. A Wolf spokesperson told The Associated Press “it was an honest mistake.”
State law requires voters return their own mail-in ballots to a county election office or drop box. Written permission must be given to return someone else’s ballot.
It’s unclear whether Wolf’s ballot will be counted as valid. The Center Square reached out to the administration Friday for clarification but did not receive an immediate response as of Friday.
Under Pennsylvania election law, it is illegal to have a third party drop off someone’s ballot.
It is unclear if Wolf’s ballot will be counted.
Pennsylvania election law currently prohibits most individuals from having a third person turn in their ballots. The only exceptions to this rule are for voters with disabilities or ones who select a representative to return an emergency absentee ballot for them.
State Rep. Seth Grove quickly pointed out Wolf’s violation on Twitter saying, “On Nov. 2, Gov. Wolf did an interview with KDKA where he disclosed his wife turned in his mail-in ballot for him.” “This is illegal under the election code,” Grove continued, “BUT would have been legal had he signed HB 1300.”
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