Erie County Board of Elections Chair Carl J. Anderson III issued the following statement after false claims have spread across social media regarding election workers discarding ballots:
“Erie County has checked into the unfortunate claim being shared across social media by someone saying they are working as part of the Erie County Board of Elections and throwing out ballots. The person making the statements does not work in any way with Erie County or have any part of Erie County’s election process. In fact, the individual is not a registered voter and is not believed to be a resident of Erie County, Pa. Erie County Board of Elections takes the integrity of the election process very seriously, and we are proud that the people working on behalf of the voters in Erie County do so in a nonpartisan, fair and unified fashion for the betterment of our community. I have spoken with Sheriff Loomis to verify if this person is a resident. Because this is now part of an ongoing investigation to pursue potential criminal charges, no further statement will be made on this matter.”
We spoke to the county sheriff on this issue as well.
“Since its on the internet, people are seeing it from all over the state and other states. Also it raised some concerns. Part of our job as sheriffs is the fairness of the vote, the election,” said Loomis.
“We have so many different protocols at the actual sites. We have better and sworn in constitutes. We’ve done just about everything we can do,” said Kim Clear, Election Board Member.
Officials are working to verify if this account is real or fake. If it turns out to be real, criminal charges could be filed.