By: Jeffrey Winograd
Butler County, Pennsylvania, is nestled some 28 miles north of Pittsburgh.
It also marks the coordinates of Donald Trump’s largest haul of votes, percentage wise, in the entire Keystone State, formally known as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Come the night of Nov. 3, after the close of voting in the state, it is destined to become the focal point of the battle for the presidency of the United States of America.
Why? Well potential rigging of the election in favor of the woeful Joe Biden could be the likely answer.
You see, in 2016, Trump carried the county with 66.7% (or 61,388 votes) compared to the forlorn Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 29.2% (or 26,834 votes). Trump’s margin of victory was 48.8% (or 2,912,941 votes) versus Clinton’s 47.6% (or 2,844,706 votes).
Judging from the turnout at President Trump’s raucous rally on the evening of October 31, enthusiasm for Trump in Butler County is over the top.
The problem is the news, as captured in a screaming headline in the October 29 online edition of the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, that “Potentially thousands of requested mail ballots lost in Butler County, official says.”
According to the article, “nearly 40,000 registered voters in the county requested mail ballots [and] so far, only 24% of them have been returned to the county, by far the lowest rate among the state’s 67 counties.” The county with the next-lowest rate of return has received 50% of requested ballots, it added.
Democrats are eager to place the blame of the post office. ““I actually just traded voicemails with somebody in the United States Postal Service up at the higher levels to make sure that they’re … paying attention to this and finding out what’s going on,” Kathy Boockvar, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, said during an election preparedness news conference in Harrisburg.
The post office has been quick to respond. “Regarding mail sorting and delivery in Butler County, the Postal Service is unaware of any significant delays or issues and is in regular contact with the Board of Election as we work to locate and deliver ballots as they are presented to us,” said David Partenheimer, a Postal Service spokesman.
While election officials have been trying to mitigate the effects of the problem, should the final state-wide vote tally be close, a controversy – the likes of which has not been seen since Florida’s “hanging chad” controversy at the tail end of the 2000 election – will ensue.
Election results should not have to be decided by the Supreme Court of the United States and yet it may come to that.
Is it possible that this is the ultimate rigging of the presidential election process by the Deep State, the so-called Intelligence Community, never-Trumpers and the once-honorable Democratic Party?