Pennsylvania Republicans on Friday introduced a resolution to halt the certification of the 2020 presidential election in the state and declare the results “in dispute.”
The resolution was signed by 21 members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and questions the results for both the state and national contests.
The resolution cites alleged violations from the Pennsylvania Election Code, including a requirement that “all mail-in ballots to be received by eight o’clock P.M. on the day of the election” and a prohibition on the “counting of defective absentee or mail-in ballots.”
It insisted that many of the requirements under the Pennsylvania Election Code were not followed, including:
- [O]n September 17, 2020, less than seven weeks before the November 3, 2020 election, the partisan majority on the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania unlawfully and unilaterally extended the deadline for mail-in ballots to be received, mandated that ballots mailed without a postmark would be presumed to be received timely, and could be accepted without a verified voter signature
- [O]n October 23, 2020, less than two weeks before the November 3, 2020 election and upon a petition from the Secretary of the Commonwealth, the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ruled that mail-in ballots need not authenticate signatures for mail-in ballots, thereby treating in-person and mail-in voters dissimilarly and eliminating a critical safeguard against potential election crime
- [O]n November 2, 2020, the night before the November 3, 2020 election and prior to the prescribed time for pre-canvassing mail-in ballots, the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth encouraged certain counties to notify party and candidate representatives of mail-in voters whose ballots contained defects
- [H]eavily Democrat counties permitted mail-in voters to cure ballot defects while heavily Republican counties followed the law and invalidated defective ballots
- [P]ostal employees in Pennsylvania have reported anomalies relating to mail-in ballots, including multiple ballots delivered to a single address with unfamiliar addressees, ballots mailed to vacant homes, empty lots, and addresses that did not exist
The Daily Wire noted that the GOP is arguing that litigation is still ongoing concerning the November 3 election and that in 2016, the election results were not certified until December 12.
The Republicans claim that “the Secretary of the Commonwealth unilaterally and prematurely certified results of the November 3, 2020 election regarding presidential electors despite ongoing litigation.”