Philadelphia lawyer Adam Goodman was shocked to learn that an innocent Instagram post showing him prior to the Pennsylvania primary earlier this year wound up as “evidence” of voter fraud in the Trump campaign’s lawsuit against Pennsylvania.
Earlier this year, Goodman and his husband, Larry Fried, took their mail-in ballots for the 2020 primary to an official dropbox outside City Hall.
Before officially submitted their ballots, Goodman posed for a photo to mark the moment.
“Doing my civic duty and dropping [off] my votes in a designated ballot drop box in front of City Hall,” Goodman wrote on an Instagram post as the dropbox and City Hall were both clearly visible in the background. “And before anyone says anything, my mask is in my hand. … ”
In the foreground, two ballot envelopes are clearly visible.
Goodman explained to PhillyMag.com that his husband simply didn’t want to be in the photo.
“He was wearing sweatpants and didn’t think he looked cute enough for Instagram,” Goodman recalls. “You can’t see it in the photo, but we are actually both holding up the ballots.”
Goodman says they each then placed their ballots in the dropbox and went on their merry way.
“I didn’t think anything of it,” says Goodman.
“But recently, Goodman learned that this seemingly harmless photo op wound up as part of the Trump campaign’s federal lawsuit against Pennsylvania that sought to, among other things, ban dropboxes in the state,” reports PhillyMag. “The campaign argued that the dropboxes opened up vast opportunities for voter fraud and all sorts of other shenanigans, such as attempting to vote twice. Now, this is where I should probably note that it actually is illegal in Pennsylvania to submit somebody’s mail-in ballot on their behalf, whether you’re dropping it off in a blue United States Post Office mailbox or using one of the dropboxes. Some county commissioners were reportedly confused about that during the primary.”
According to court documents, an expert witness for the Trump campaign testified that Goodman’s post was evidence of “rampant problems and associated fraud in Pennsylvania’s 2020 primary election.”
He went on to say that the dropboxes in Pennsylvania will “undermine the integrity of the 2020 general election.”
In the end, PhillyMag reports that the court ruled that the campaign’s claims were too “speculative” and the evidence supporting those claims was “scant.”