The battle over who will formally win the White House come January 21 is still raging, with President Donald Trump’s army of legal masterminds and Republican allies fighting on numerous fronts to help the president gain every shred of advantage he possibly can in the wake of the media calling the race for Democrat Joe Biden.
In the heated battleground state of Pennsylvania where the Trump campaign alleges a number of voting irregularities occurred in the lead-up to and after Tuesday’s election, Republicans in the state’s legislature have reportedly demanded that Democratic Governor Tom Wolf order an audit of the vote count.
According to a report from the Pennsylvania Morning Call, the group of Pennsylvania Republicans include House Speaker Bryan Cutler, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, who called the existence of 105,000 provisional ballots “unprecedented.”
Claims of fraud
For unclear reasons, Corman wasn’t as vocal as Cutler and Benninghoff were on raising serious questions about the possibility of fraudulent actions having taken place during the election, with specific regards to the state’s ballot counting.
Cutler insisted that Wolf should move forward with ordering the audit “to ensure that the election process can be verified as accurate” while pointing to a number of discrepancies that echo the claims of fraud coming from Trump and his attorneys.
The Pennsylvania House Speaker wrote in a letter that he believes the state’s Supreme Court “unconstitutionally” extended the time that late ballots were allowed to be received, telling Wolf that “This judicial intervention created unnecessary chaos and uncertainty.”
Cutler also slammed the state election boards for the multiple reports of GOP poll watchers not being allowed proper access to oversee the ballot-counting process, while also raising questions about the staggering number of 105,000 provisional ballots requested by voters.
He doubled down by insisting to Wolf in the letter that if state election laws were properly followed, as they were in many other states, Pennsylvania wouldn’t be in the spotlight and election integrity would still be intact.
What happens next
Gov. Wolf pushed back hard in recent days over the growing number of complaints of fraud in his state, even publishing a series of tweets in which he claimed his state was under “partisan attack” over the ballot-counting turmoil, as KDKA-TV reported.
“Let’s be clear: This is a partisan attack on Pennsylvania’s elections, our votes, and democracy. Our counties are working tirelessly to process votes as quickly AND as accurately as possible. Pennsylvania will have a fair election and we will count every vote,” Wolf tweeted on Wednesday.
While Biden was declared the winner by the media on Saturday, the Trump team is launching lawsuits related to potential voter fraud in multiple states. “Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the President. I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are just now beginning!” Trump tweeted on Friday.
As Biden’s supporters on the streets and in Congress continue to celebrate his media-appointed victory, it should be made perfectly clear that depending on what happens on a legal level — especially in a state like Pennsylvania — this mess is far from being over.