‘It was an honest mistake’: Gov. Wolf’s wife drops off his ballot, violating Pa. election law

Pennsylvania Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Governor Wolf appears to have violated Pennsylvania election law after revealing his wife dropped off his ballot for him on Tuesday.

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The governor was on a radio show in Pittsburgh when he revealed that he had his wife drop off his ballot prior to Tuesday’s election, which is illegal in Pennsylvania and punishable by law for up to one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.

“He broke the law. Like, the governor broke the law. And, actually, it was his wife cause she ended up handing the ballot in, and that’s the trigger for violating election law… She’s the suspect,” State Representative Seth Grove (R), York County, said.

Pennsylvania election law states voters must mail, or bring their ballot to an election office, dropbox, or other approved location themselves.

“You could hear it, like, it’s a normal conversation spouses have all the time, right? Like honey, you’re driving by the store, can you drop this off? Right? It happens every single day,” Rep. Grove said.

Grove adds that the frustrating part is, Pa. actually had a proposed bill to fix it, House Bill 1300, but Gov. Wolf vetoed it. He says if Gov. Wolf had not vetoed the bill, we wouldn’t be talking about this today and his wife would not be an alleged criminal.

“The governor handed her his ballot. I’m pretty sure he voted and he handed it to her,” Grove said when asked if Gov. Wolf should face punishment. “A case of actual election fraud would have been, she took his ballot and filled it out on his behalf.”

A spokeswoman for the governor said in a statement “It was an honest mistake.”

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