Pennsylvania’s GOP state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said in a statement Saturday that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling ordering election officials to segregate late mail-in ballots “underscores” the way Democrat officials have made it almost impossible to get a fair result in the state.
According to Breitbart, Corman said the way Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (D) changed voting rules several times during the process undermined the integrity of the election.
“The constantly changing guidance has resulted in inconsistent handling of ballots across the counties. Her actions are nothing but a partisan effort to cause chaos and mistrust,” Corman said, according to Breitbart.
GOP officials: Bookvar should resign
In a separate joint statement with Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R), Corman alleged Wednesday that Boockvar had “fundamentally altered the manner in which Pennsylvania’s election is being conducted” twice “in the last two days.”
The pair wrote:
The constantly changing guidance [Boockvar] has delivered to counties not only directly contradicts the Election Code language she is sworn to uphold, but also conflicts her own litigation statements and decisions of both the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.
In their statement, Corman and Scarnati described how Bookvar ordered the late ballots segregated to comply with the court’s order, but later ordered that all the late ballots be canvassed “as soon as possible upon receipt.”
“In some counties, it is not possible to both segregate and canvass ballots as directed,” they said, as Breitbart reported. “This directive leaves open the possibility that timely votes will be commingled with votes received after 8 p.m. on Election Day, despite the fact that these votes remain the subject of litigation before the United States Supreme Court.”
They also said that Bookvar changed the rules again on the eve of the election, telling counties to give voters information about whether their ballots were incorrectly filled out so they could vote with a provisional ballot. Because of the last-minute time frame for this guidance, some counties called voters whose ballots were rejected, while others did not.
Corman and Scarnati called jointly on Bookvar to resign over her handling of the ballots.
Numerous court challenges
In the meantime, President Donald Trump’s campaign is said to be mounting a legal challenge in Pennsylvania over numerous alleged irregularities in the election, including the late ballot ruling. As of Sunday, Trump trailed by less than 50,000 votes in the state with more than 99% of votes counted, according to NPR, down from a 700,000-vote lead at the start of mail-in ballot counting on Wednesday.
With 20 electoral votes, the Keystone State could help Trump snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat, if the lawsuits pull through and a few other states — like Arizona and Georgia, where ballots are still being counted — flip back to a lead for him, too.
The mainstream media called the race for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday, but it’s become clear President Trump isn’t going down without a fight.