A laptop and several memory sticks used to program Philadelphia’s voting machines were stolen from a city warehouse in East Falls, officials confirmed. The event occurred in September, setting off a scramble to investigate and to ensure the machines had not been compromised they claimed.
The items vanished this week of September 30th. The laptop belonged to an on-site employee for the company that supplies the machines. It and the USB drives were the only items believed to have been taken.
City officials vowed back then that the theft would not disrupt voting on Nov. 3. They were wrong.
But behind the scenes, officials worried about how President Donald Trump a might use the news to cast doubt on the integrity of the city’s elections.
The question is why would city officials be saying President Trump would use this information back in September about voter fraud if they weren’t already preparing for it?
Philadelphia police referred all questions to Mayor Jim Kenney’s office.