Pennsylvania’s top Republicans reported in The Atlantic that they plan to potentially cause the state legislature to ignore the referendum and appoint voters for the state if the election results are disputed or postponed to express opposition to out-of-context comments.
Republican Jake Corman, the majority leader of the Pennsylvania Senate, said: “I think what they want to do is to excite people and fire people to accommodate Trump’s attempt to steal the election. This is not true.” He said he was a person quoted by The Atlantic. “But the legislature has no role in this process, so how they achieve this premise is beyond me. This is what they want to achieve.”
The Atlantic story mainly discusses President Trump, his comments on mailed votes, possible lawsuits due to the delay in counting mailed votes, and predicts that if Trump loses the election, Trump will not step down-although When asked repeatedly, Trump still did not make it clear that he would accept the election results.
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But later in the story, Atlantic people allege that the Trump campaign and the state Republicans are preparing for the possibility: If there is no clear winner in the state before the “Safe Harbor” day on December 8, which states Its voters must be appointed to ensure that they are certified-the state legislature can appoint a small number of voters before that date, ignoring the votes of state voters. It quoted an anonymous Trump campaign adviser as saying that such a move is possible.
Further, Atlantic alleges: “In Pennsylvania, three Republican leaders told me that they had discussed the issue of direct voter appointments among them, and one of them said he had already discussed with Trump’s national election.”
The story quoted Lawrence Tabas, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, as saying: “I have mentioned this to them, and I hope they will also consider it.”
However, Vonne Andring, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Republican Party, told Fox News that the quotation was unreasonable-Tabas was asked about the importance of reaching a safe harbor date. He said he was already in The appointment date was discussed, rather than the state assembly appointing voters through the Trump campaign.
“When they brought up this topic in the interview, the chairman explained to Atlantic that the date of a safe haven is of utmost importance. He pointed out that in order to ensure that this opportunity is not missed in 2016, Jill Stein has been working day and night. About a few days later, the Atlantic asked President Trump’s campaign whether he was aware of the importance of a safe harbor date. It was because of this reminder that the President responded that he had discussed this issue with them. Said in an interview.
Andrin also stated that Tabas’ interview with the Atlantic took place in late July.
The Atlantic report continues to quote Tabas: “I’m just not the right time to discuss these strategies and methods, but [direct appointment of electors] Is one of the options. This is one of the legal options available under the Constitution. “
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Andrin said that in Pennsylvania, the election lawyer Tabas himself proposed that if Pennsylvania misses the safe harbor date, the United States Congress may be forced to intervene.
“Then Atlantic told the president that there was another possibility that the state legislature could directly appoint voters. They asked the chairman, and they kept asking:’Don’t you like it? Isn’t this a great strategy? Republicans? Back then the chairman Say, well, I will not discuss this strategy with you.”
Then the Atlantic said that Koeman emphasized his desire to count votes quickly and accurately. However, the author wrote: “If the safe harbor date approaches and the dispute still exists, he will allow the legislature to have no choice but to appoint voters.” Then, to quote Koman, “We don’t want to go this way, but we Know where the law takes us, and we will abide by the law.”
In an interview with Fox News, Coleman said that Pennsylvania specifically does not allow the state legislature to play any role in appointing voters.
“The electoral law very clearly stipulates how voters are elected. Both parties submit the voters to the State Department before the election. When the State Council proves the winner, those voters of the party are now voters. Complete.” Corman said. “Moreover, if there are a lot of challenges in court, counting votes, etc., it must be a court process. As we know, our best understanding of the bill, the legislature has no role.”
Couman said of the potential dispute: “The court will decide who is the winner.”
Fox News directly asked Koeman whether he could guarantee that the state legislature would not select state voters under any circumstances.
“According to the law, reading the law, I don’t see any form that allows us to do this. So, no, what I’m going to say is that we don’t vote. Now, if a certain court said somewhere in the process This point, and then I will listen to the court’s decision, but I don’t know what happened.” Koman said.
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In addition to Tabas and Koman’s short quotes, The Atlantic quoted an anonymous Trump campaign counsel as saying that it is speculated that the state legislature may say that they protect the will of the people by appointing voters.
“The state legislature would say:’Well, we have obtained this constitutional power. We believe that our state’s election results are inaccurate, so this is the list of voters who we believe to correctly reflect the results of our state’s elections,” the consultant said “According to the Atlantic Times, although the consultant was not quoted, he mentioned that specific measures have been taken to this end in any state.
The U.S. Constitution says: “Each state shall appoint an elector in a manner that its legislature may instruct, the number of which is equal to the total number of senators and representatives that the state is entitled to in Congress.” Pennsylvania Election Law-by Legislature Directive-Established the voter rules of the state. The political parties chose their voters, not members of Congress, and the law appointed the ordinary court in Dauphine County, the county where Harrisburg is located, as the venue for deciding disputes over the presidential election.
During the coronavirus pandemic, mail-in voting has greatly expanded in many states, including Pennsylvania. Trump and his rightists warned that this could lead to increased fraud, and cited anecdotal examples such as the Patterson election in New Jersey. Four people have since been charged with fraud and demanded a re-election.
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However, there is no history of fraud in mail voting, especially on a scale that could lead to statewide or national elections. Experts worry that it takes a lot of time to count a large number of mailed ballots. These mailed ballots are unaccustomed to states, and because of voter error, a large number of mailed ballots are invalid and deprived of voting rights-100,000 people were abandoned in California. According to the United States The agency reported that only during the presidential primary election in March.
Darrell West, vice president and director of governance research at the Brookings Institution, said: “There are many places that are experienced in mail voting, and there is no problem, and there is almost no fraud.” Fox News said. An interview earlier this year.
West added: “I think this is the first time the states are questioning whether they will develop procedures.” “I think one of the main issues this year will be signature verification… I think this is something people should be concerned about. , Because this is where the lawsuit takes place and where the dispute lies.”