State Lawmakers: Pennsylvania Has 202,377 More Ballots Cast Than Voters Who Voted

Francis X. Ryan, state representative of Pennsylvania

A group of state legislators in Pennsylvania released a joint statement on Dec. 28 revealing troubling discrepancies between the numbers of total votes counted and the total number of voters who voted in the 2020 General Election.

The statement reads: “A comparison of official county election results to the total number of voters who voted on November 3, 2020, as recorded by the Department of State shows that 6,962,607 total ballots were reported as being cast, while DoS/SURE system records indicate that only 6,760,230 total voters actually voted. Among the 6,962,607 total ballots cast, 6,931,060 total votes were counted in the presidential race, including all three candidates on the ballot and write-in candidates.

The difference of 202,377 more votes cast than voters voting, together with the 31,547 over- and under-votes in the presidential race, adds up to an alarming discrepancy of 170,830 votes, which is more than twice the reported statewide difference between the two major candidates for President of the United States. 

The Pennsylvania Department of State released a statement in response: “At this time, there are still a few counties that have not completed uploading their vote histories to the SURE system. These counties, which include Philadelphia, Allegheny, Butler and Cambria, would account for a significant number of voters.”

But this begs the question why these counties haven’t completed uploading their vote histories almost two months after the election. If their systems are not updated timely with vote histories, how can they effectively prevent double voting (i.e. voting both by mail and in person) by knowing if someone has already voted?

U.S. Senate Hearing Testimony: Discrepancy of 400,000 Ballots Unexplained in Pennsylvania

Francis X. Ryan, a state representative of Pennsylvania and CPA, testified that a discrepancy of 400,000 mail-in ballots remained unexplained in the state at the Senate hearing about 2020 election irregularities on Dec. 16, 2020. Biden’s margin over Trump in Pennsylvania is 80,555 votes. 


Pennsylvania election rule changes and irregularities in election data

His written testimony can be found on the Senate hearing website. The following are excerpts  from his written testimony:

“The mail-in ballot system for the general election of 2020 in Pennsylvania was so fraught with inconsistencies and irregularities that the reliability of the mail-in votes in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania is impossible to rely upon.”

“In addition to the concerns of the actions of the Secretary of State and the legislative overreach by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the inaccuracies of the actual results reflected in the election system (SURE system) call into question the consistency of the application of voting laws throughout the Commonwealth. Certain inconsistencies stand out to include:

At the county level, the pattern of inconsistencies is easily seen.  For instance, Over-vote in Philadelphia County — On November 4th at 11:30 am, the DOS posted updated mail-in vote counts for Philadelphia County.  The number of ballots reported to have been counted was an impossible 508,112 ballots despite the fact that only 432,873 ballots had been issued to voters in that county.  Later that day, the ballot counted number was reduced but this begs the question, who had the authority to add and subtract votes on the ballot counts reported to the Department of State?  Even if this was simply a data entry error, the lack of internal controls over such reporting necessitates a review of the numbers, the process, and system access. 

Additionally, in a data file received on November 4, 2020, the Commonwealth’s PA Open Data sites reported over 3.1 million mail-in ballots sent out.  The CSV file from the state on November 4 depicts 3.1 million mail-in ballots sent out but on November 2, the information was provided that only 2.7 million ballots had been sent out.  This discrepancy of approximately 400,000 ballots from November 2 to November 4 has not been explained. 

Furthermore, a newly available voter dataset available on data.pa.gov which had been offline for weeks indicated that it was last updated on 11/16/2020.  The download of 11/16 shows 75,505 more ballots returned on 11/16 than the download from 11/15.  Therefore, from 11/15 to 11/16, 75,505 ballots were added to the dataset with no explanation. 

Mail Date irregularities to include ballots mailed before the ballot was finalized, ballots mailed late and ballots mailed inconsistent with enacted legislation relative to mail-in ballots: 154,584 ballots

Voter Date of Birth irregularities: (voters over age 100): 1573 ballots

These apparent discrepancies can only be evaluated by reviewing all transaction logs into the SURE system to determine the access, authority for the entry, the verification of the data entered as well as the authentication of the security certificates of the sites from which the data had been entered.”