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GOP Philadelphia Election Official Speaks Out About ‘Deranged’ Death Threats His Office Is Receiving

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The week of November 3rd was emotional for many as they awaited the results of the 2020 election. Taking more than 4 days to announce a projected President-Elect had a lot of people thoroughly stressed out.

A lot of the blame fell on several high-ticket states, including Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.

And according to Pennsylvania, people were going so far as to issue death threats to their Philadelphia Election Office.

Republican and Philadelphia City Commissioner, Al Schmidt, commented on the experience of counting the votes this election cycle and how people reacted to having to wait.

Schmidt commented: 

“From the inside looking out, it feels all very deranged. At the end of the day, we are counting eligible votes cast by voters. The controversy surrounding it is something I don’t understand.”

All of the major news networks, even Fox News which commonly supports Trump-positive news, have announced Joe Biden as the 2020 President-Elect, said to enter Office in January 2021.

Despite this reality, how it came to be has repeatedly come into question.

President Donald Trump himself has questioned the quality of the votes counted and has sued multiple states for their expediency and accuracy in their vote counting.

All of these concerns and added federal investigations increased the turnaround time on selecting a President-Elect, which was too much for some people to handle.

Schmidt said there were approximately 200 city workers volunteering to count votes, and they’re projected to continue counting votes for the next week.

Unfortunately, people have been calling in, making sure the officials count the right votes.

Schmidt explained: 

“It’s people making accusations that we wouldn’t count those votes or people are adding fraudulent votes or just coming up with just all sorts of crazy stuff. [They make] calls to our offices reminding us that this is what the Second Amendment is for, people like us, for counting votes in a democracy.”

The calls largely have suggested that the counts are fraudulent or intend to skew results.

People following the news had mixed responses to Schmidt’s 60 Minutes interview.

Some felt bad for Schmidt and the pressure he was surely under. 

Others pointed out what these death threats could mean for the condition of democracy.

Though it’s frustrating, waiting for the final results of the 2020 election and to come out the other side of the all of the legal allegations, giving someone death threats surely isn’t the answer.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com.