We all know that voter fraud is a real and present danger to our republic, but what you may not realize is that while the focus is often on big-city or illegal immigrant populations, voter fraud and irregularities happen everywhere – including Union County. It is a testament to our excellent Voter Registration and Election staff that our incidences are minimized. They are truly one of the best teams in the Commonwealth.
This Thursday and Friday, June 29 and 30, the criminal case against Roger Mills for election law violations will be heard in Union County Court. I am encouraging anyone concerned with voter integrity to attend the proceedings as an observer.
Mr. Mills is charged with unlawful assistance in voting for giving his ballot to an unregistered individual on Primary Election Day in April 2016, even as he worked the polls in support of an orderly election.
Certainly the courtroom is no place to demonstrate opinion or prejudice in a case, but by simply being seated in the assembly we have an opportunity to show support for free and fair elections and the election staff of Union County and White Deer Township’s 1st precinct who do their utmost to abide by Election Law.
The trial is scheduled as follows.
Thursday, June 29
8:30 a.m. – Special hearing to consider additional information submitted to the Court
9:00 a.m. – Trial begins.
Friday, June 30
9:00 a.m. – Trial resumes.
Please respect the rules of the court at all times.
- Arrive early with ample time to be admitted before the court convenes. Use the doors on the parking lot side of the Union County Courthouse, go through security screening and proceed to the Courtroom area.
- No cell phones in the courtroom. Sheriff’s deputies will hold them at the front desk if you bring them into the courthouse. Consider letting all electronics in your vehicle.
- Appropriate attire is required. No shorts, shirts must have sleeves, and no graphics.
- Follow the instructions of the Judge and court officials at all times, including rising for the judge.
- No chewing gum. Also, no talking or otherwise distracting behavior.
- Pen and paper for notes are acceptable, but no audio or visual recording equipment is permitted.
On a personal note: I first attended court proceeding as a high school student. This may be an appropriate activity for your well-mannered, mature teens interested in government and current events.
Update: Mr. Mills was found guilty on both counts.