Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have called for an audit of the Nov. 3 general election before certifying any results.
In a letter sent Friday to Gov. Tom Wolf, House Speaker Bryan Cutler said the state Supreme Court’s decision to extend the deadline for receipt of mail-in ballots was unconstitutional and that the 105,000 provisional ballots cast on Election Day are an indication that something wasn’t right.
“Clearly, the significant number of provisional ballots are indicative of voter issues across the commonwealth,” he stated.
Cutler also said poll watchers were denied access to “meaningfully observe the proceedings” of precanvassing and canvassing ballots and that Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar issued conflicting guidance about how to handle mail ballots that arrived after Nov. 3.
And, Cutler said, some counties began precanvassing ballots early to identify “defects” in the voter declarations so they could be fixed by the voters before counting began….
State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Adams County, along with fellow Republican state Sens. Michele Brooks and Scott Hutchinson, issued a joint memo Friday requesting a full recount of votes “in any counties where state law was broken, regardless of the Department of State’s instructions, as well as in any precinct where questionable actions were demonstrated.”
Democrats and local officials have denied that any fraud occurred during the Nov. 3 election, and Trump has failed to produce any specific evidence supporting his claims.