Election officials need to be of the highest character. In other words, they need to be the most honest person in town.
The reasoning is simple, you are dealing with keeping track of people’s votes. This is a little different than taking an extra cracker at the sample tray at the store.
You want to make sure that the person that is handling that sort of thing doesn’t have any skeletons in their closet that might make it sound like they would have a hard time being honest about the number of votes right?
The 2020 election was a week ago, but there are still plenty of unanswered questions about ballot integrity and security across the country.
And that doesn’t even cover the integrity of elected officials. To ensure free and fair elections, the people presiding over them should be upstanding, unbiased citizens.
Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case — especially, it seems, in swing states and cities.
Take Lisa Deeley. As chair of the city commissioners of Philadelphia, she leads a bipartisan board charged with overseeing the integrity of the city’s elections.
Last year, Deeley lost her notary license after 24 years for failing to check a woman’s identification before notarizing her signature, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Out of 74,000 notary licenses in Pennsylvania, the State Department revokes about 20 licenses per year.
Deeley — who is a Democrat — entered into a consent agreement with the city, in which she agreed to violating notary rules, though she has also said she is simply a good person who made a mistake.
According to the consent agreement, in April 2010 and January 2011, Charles J. Costello and a woman who was supposedly his wife brought her documents to notarize. The documents were waivers that renounced the wife’s claim to death benefits afforded to her through her husband’s job.