(PresidentialWire.com)- Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State has made an error that will affect “thousands” of survivors of childhood abuse, and she’s now resigning because of it.
Kathy Boockvar announced late last week that she will be stepping down from her position after her department didn’t properly advertise an amendment to the state’s constitution.
The proposed amendment would have extended the time that victims of childhood abuse could have filed civil charges against those who abused her, according to a press release issued by the office of Governor Tom Wolf.
Under state law, the Department of State had to advertise the proposal in two newspapers in every one of the state’s counties. But, the department never did that, and so the amendment process has to start all over again.
In a statement released Monday, Wolf said:
“This change at the Department of State has nothing to do with the administration of the 2020 election, which was fair and accurate. The delay caused by this human error will be heartbreaking for thousands of survivors of childhood sexual assault, advocates and legislators, and I join the Department of State in apologizing to you. I share your anger and frustration that this happened, and I stand with you in your fight for justice.”
In response to catching this error, the Pennsylvania Department of State will now increase the tracking that it does on constitutional amendments, including the use of notifications, the governor’s office said. Wolf asked the Office of State Inspector General to review the Department of State situation and then offer any recommendations that would further improve the process of passing state constitutional amendments.
In the press release, Boockvar commented:
“I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished for the people of Pennsylvania. I’ve always believed that accountability and leadership must be a cornerstone of public service. While I only became aware of the mistake last week, and immediately took steps to alert the administration to the error, I accept responsibility on behalf of the department.”
Boockvar’s position will be temporarily manned by Veronica Degraffenreid, who was serving as a special advisor on election modernization for the Department of State.
Boockvar has actually been in the national news quite often over the last six months. Pennsylvania was a target for supporters of former President Donald Trump, who believed the state was initiating unfair practices in the 2020 presidential election.
Boockvar herself became a target of Trump supporters, as she passed an exemption allowing mail-in ballots to be accepted up to three days after the November 3 election. Members of the Republican Party in the state argued that she was usurping the state legislature’s power by doing so.
But, both the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the now former Secretary of State, which allowed those ballots to be accepted.
In the end, roughly 10,000 ballots arrived in the three days following Election Day. That number was short of the 80,000-vote margin of victory President Joe Biden had in the state, but it nonetheless made Boockvar a target of Republican ire.