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Woman Overseeing Philly Elections Lost Notary License to Refuse to Search ID for Signature Notarization

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Woman Overseeing Philly Elections Lost Notary License to Refuse to Search ID for Signature Notarization
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The 2020 election was held a week ago, but there are still plenty of unanswered questions about the legitimacy and security of ballots around the country.

From the poll guards to the U.S. Postal delivery to deceased voters, there are a number of reasons to think about it.

And it would not even protect the honesty of elected representatives. In order to ensure free and equal elections, the people who preside over them should be credible, impartial civilians.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case — especially, it seems, in swinging states and towns.

Just take Lisa Deeley. As chair of the city commissioners of Philadelphia, she chairs the bipartisan body tasked with monitoring the fairness of the city’s elections.

Last year, after 24 years, Deeley lost her notary license for failing to verify the name of a woman before notarizing her signature, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Out of 74,000 notary licenses in Pennsylvania, the State Department revokes nearly 20 licenses each year.

Deeley — who is a Democrat — has entered into a deal with the city under which she has agreed to break notary rules, but she has since said that she is actually a decent person who has made an error.

Should the revocation of Deeley’s notary license prohibit her from holding an election?

According to the consent arrangement, in April 2010 and January 2011, Charles J. Costello and a woman who was allegedly his wife brought her papers to the media. The records were waivers that renounced the wife’s argument that she had earned death insurance from her husband’s employment.

In her defense, Deeley said that she knew Costello personally, but had never met his partner. However, at Costello’s word that the woman accompanying him with the papers was his wife, she did not search her I d to validate her name.

The lady was an imposter, as it turned out.

Deeley has since claimed, despite her defense, that she knew Costello’s wife, Lynda Bowman, and that Bowman was the woman who stood before her. Deeley also said that she was a survivor of a quarrel between Costello and Bowman.

For her part, Bowman said that she had not known Deeley nor signed the waivers.

This is very, very troubling.

The most critical task of a notary is to verify the identity to ensure that a signature is signed by the correct person. Deeley was unable to do so and surrendered her notary license.

She then continued to monitor the referendum where the identification of the electors, the bribery of the voters, and the security of the ballots became serious issues.

Of course, this is not to suggest that Deeley did anything wrong in this election. But it definitely raises red flags about the legitimacy and the integrity of the Philadelphia election.

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