Lt. Gov. Fetterman calls attempts to discredit state’s mail-in ballots ‘red herring’

Lt. Gov. Fetterman calls attempts to discredit state’s mail-in ballots ‘red herring’

PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman called attempts to discredit the state’s mail-in ballot system a “red herring.”

“Pennsylvania’s vote-by-mail system is 100% secure, 100% bipartisan and it’s going to 100% work in November,” he said.

Fetterman accused Republicans of stirring the pot to create chaos.

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“They’re trying to stir up panic. Chaos benefits the other side. Chaos helps their agenda,” he said.

Fetterman responded to a published report that the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party had talked to the Trump campaign about the state legislature stepping in and deciding the winner of the presidential election if there are significant flaws with the system. The state GOP chairman said the comments were taken out of context.

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“I think that’s just trolling to be quite honest. There’s no legal path for any of that, you know. The governor has to certify the results. The secretary of state has certify the results,” Fetterman said.

He also downplayed the reports of nine discarded military ballots that were found in a dumpster in Luzerne County. Seven of the ballots reportedly had votes for President Trump.

“So we have to be very careful with the ballots. The ballots, that’s a whole big scam,” he said.

Fetterman, meanwhile, reassured voters that the process was secure.

“I want to point out something. More GOP members voted for a vote-by-mail in Pennsylvania than Democrats by a wide margin. This is a bipartisan bill. It wouldn’t have passed otherwise if it wasn’t,” he said.

Mail-In, absentee ballots being sent out in batches to Allegheny County voters