November 14, 2022

Deceased Pennsylvania Democrat Re-Elected Posthumously

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By Jackson Kincaid

In Brief: 

While the rest of the US is watching the final counts happening in Arizona and waiting for the run-off in Georgia, Pennsylvania is getting ready to hold a special election. However, they left a deceased person on the ballot. 

The Background: 

Pennsylvania State Representative, Anthony "Tony" DeLuca, passed away early last month. Due to time constraints as well as the Democratic party fearing the election going to Green Party challenger Queonia "Zarah" Livingston. The decision was made to leave DeLuca on the ballet. 

DeLuca was reelected posthumously with nearly an 86% lead over Livingston. 

State law stipulates that substitutes, in the case of the death of a candidate, cannot be submitted after ballots have started printing - late September, in this case, with Rep. DeLuca having passed in early October. So rather than remove his name and discount votes in his favor, a special election will be held with a new Democrat candidate. 

However, this did not stop Twitter from pointing out the irony of  "You got dead people voting and dead people winning..."

Notable Quotes: 

"While we're incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca, we are proud to see the voters continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by re-electing him posthumously.” –Pennsylvania House Democrats

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