Mastriano votes to ban ‘Zuck Bucks’ and ballot boxes

HARRISBURG — In a significant victory for electoral integrity, two bills co-sponsored by Sen. Doug Mastriano passed the Senate today.

The first bill, SB 982, prohibits the use of private funds for election administration. In the 2020 election, partisan liberal groups funded by Mark Zuckerberg provided disproportionate grants to influence turnout in left-leaning counties.

The second bill, SB 1200, prohibits the use of drop boxes and clarifies that ballots can only be dropped off at an employee of a county council election office. Collecting and casting ballots on behalf of others is illegal in Pennsylvania. This violation, known as ballot harvesting, was found to be common in the 2020 and 2021 general elections.

“We still have a lot of work to do to restore confidence in the electoral process in Pennsylvania, but passing this legislation is definitely a step in the right direction,” Mastriano said. “The right to know documents and video evidence proved why these bills are needed.”

“Mark Zuckerberg and his liberal front groups claimed their grants were given equally for ‘safe election management’ during COVID. But most of those funds went to things like drop boxes and offices. satellites, not PPE When adjusted for population, Democratic counties received more grants from Zuckerberg to influence voter turnout than Republican counties received in the 2020 election. no public records indicating the amounts requested by all counties and the conditions that Zuckerberg’s groups placed on the grants.It’s also important to note that the use of private funds for the elections was never approved by the General Assembly.

“With respect to drop boxes, there is now documented evidence that ballot harvesting took place at drop boxes in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Lehigh, Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. Like private funds, drop boxes were never approved by the General Assembly in the first place. They were unconstitutionally created by the state Supreme Court.

Mastriano introduced a comprehensive set of election integrity bills this session. This package includes bills that would eliminate mass mail-in voting (SB 884), make voter identification mandatory for all forms of voting (SB 735), and developing and empowering poll watchers (SB 573).

Media: Josh Herman

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