Four GOP Congressmen Suing to Restrict Vote By Mail Have a History of Voting By Mail

On Monday, Western Pennsylvania’s Republican Congressmen Mike Kelly, Guy Reschenthaler, John Joyce, and Glenn Thompson joined Donald Trump in a harebrained lawsuit to suppress votes and make mail-in voting harder.

It’s well documented that—despite his lies about unproven fraud—Trump himself has voted by mail, and it turns out so have his GOP lapdogs. All four GOP Congressmen in the lawsuit voted by mail in this year’s primary!

In fact, public records show these Congressmen have a long history of mail-in voting:

  • Mike Kelly voted by mail in every Republican primary from 2011-2018. He also voted by mail in the 2014 and 2016 general elections.
  • Glenn Thompson voted by mail in the 2012, 2013, and 2016-2018 Republican primaries, and the 2008, 2013-16, and 2018 general elections.
  • Guy Reschenthaler voted by mail in special elections in both 2017 and 2018, the 2018 Republican primary, and the 2001, 2007, 2009 and 2018 general elections.
  • John Joyce voted by mail in the 2018 Republican primary.

So if these Trump stooges are so fond of mail in voting, why are they trying to stop voters across the Commonwealth from voting safely at home?

The answer is simple, and their intentions are clear. Republicans know that the more people vote, the more likely they’ll lose power.

This desperate lawsuit has far less to do with safety and security than it does with Democrats’ massive advantage in mail-in voting! Team Trump fears that millions of Pennsylvanians will reject their far-right agenda in the fall, so they want to stop those Pennsylvanians from voting.

Hypocrisy in the Pennsylvania GOP is nothing new, but taking legal action to make voting harder in a global pandemic is pretty low, even for them. Perhaps they should spend more time helping their constituents, and less time trying to subvert our democracy.

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