Trump urges voter ID, paper ballots ahead of midterms

Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman on Monday criticized how state law prohibits counting ballots before election day. 

Updated: November 7, 2022 - 4:22pm

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Former President Donald Trump on Monday emphasized the need for voter identification, paper ballots and same day voting ahead of the midterm elections on Tuesday.

"The Democrats that run Pennsylvania have just stated that Pennsylvania may not have a final Vote Count for MANY days, and yet they use these very expensive 'machines,' for SPEED," Trump posted on Truth Social. "Go to PAPER BALLOTS, SAME DAY VOTING, MUST HAVE VOTER I.D., PROBLEM SOLVED. Also, big money saved!!!"

Pennsylvania's Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh Chapman (D) late last month said on NBC's Meet the Press that "we're not going to have official results on election night."

When asked whether it would take "days" for the state's tense Senate election results to be determined, similar to how it took about four days for the results of the 2020 presidential election, Chapman said, "It is hard to estimate."

Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman on Monday criticized how state law prohibits counting ballots before election day. 

"Counting for ballots cast by mail and early in-person cannot begin until Election Day, thanks to the GOP-controlled legislature — an intentional move to help Republicans baselessly sow doubt about the election results when it suits them," he said in a memo obtained by The Washington Post.

Republican Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz is slightly ahead of Fetterman in the polls, according to RealClearPolitics.