Multiple House Republicans objected to the way Pennsylvania officials managed the November election and withdrew support.
Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Pa.) and eight fellow congressmen have challenged the Pennsylvania leg of the 2020 presidential race result.
Republicans accused Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and his Secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar, of repeatedly violating the national Constitution up to six times.
Alleged violations in question include:
- accepting ballots after the 8 p.m. deadline on Election Day
- improperly requiring signatures to match those on mail-in ballots or requiring dates
- authorizing mail-in ballot curing with less than 24-hour’s notice
- treating voters unequally after failing to inform all counties and enforce the order
- authorizing insecure drop boxes despite them being prohibited by law
- banning certified poll watchers from overseeing ballots being canvassed.
“Unfortunately, the many unlawful actions undertaken by the Pennsylvania Governor’s office, the secretary of state, and what has been described as a rogue Pennsylvania Supreme Court exceeded and circumvented the state legislature’s clear constitutional authority,” they said in a statement.
The group was disappointed to learn Democratic Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro took no action after these concerns were brought to his attention.
“The Pennsylvania attorney general did nothing with regard to these unlawful activities,” they said. “Not one inquiry, no questioning, and certainly no investigations–not to mention that hundreds, if not thousands, of affidavits outlining election complaints and potential fraud, were documented, submitted, and ignored.”
They also questioned the judicial system’s failure to decide the constitutionality of federal laws and resolve disputes about the election’s integrity.
“This very unfortunate, volatile, and distressing situation is due to the lack of respect and regard for the law and the U.S. Constitution as well as the Pennsylvania State Constitution,” they said. “The failure of Pennsylvania’s justice system to seek the truth rather than stay silent allowed these irregular, unlawful actions to create a high level of mistrust in the process as well as a potentially flawed outcome.”
GOP members believe Keystone State officials have some serious questions to answer due to what they call a lack of supervision and double standards.
“The Pennsylvania election could be summed up as a free-for-all with no oversight and different standards applied throughout the Commonwealth,” they said. “It is also very apparent that the unlawful actions described were concentrated in heavily populated, Democrat-led counties.”
The group is also concerned the Democratic Party’s handling of the Pennsylvania election raises ethical questions and has legal implications.
“By definition, such unlawful, unregulated, and inconsistent activities resulted in a highly questionable and inaccurate vote total,” they said. “Therefore, the state’s official certification of electors was based upon a flawed system and an inaccurate vote count. Thus, very possibly resulting in an erroneous certification.”
They urged the state government to reexamine every ballot and immediately remove any that do not comply with the law.
“The scope of these inaccuracies cannot be known until the legal ballots are identified and counted, and the illegal ballots are disqualified. This has not been done,” they said. “Until these unlawful practices are acknowledged and corrected, we cannot agree to support electors chosen based upon an inaccurate total vote count.”
Other House Republicans who cosigned the statement include Reps. Glenn Thompson, Mike Kelly, Scott Perry, Lloyd Smucker, Guy Reschenthaler, John Joyce, and Fred Keller.