Meuser and Keller to oppose Biden electoral votes
Eight Republican congressmen from Pennsylvania, including Dan Meuser and Fred Keller, issued a joint statement Thursday saying they will object to President-elect Joe Biden receiving the state’s 20 Electoral College votes.
They allege Biden’s popular vote victory in Pennsylvania and the “state’s official certification of electors was based upon a flawed system and an inaccurate vote count.”
Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley said Wednesday he will object when Congress counts the Electoral College votes Jan. 6, which will force lawmakers in both the House and Senate to vote on accepting Biden’s victory against President Donald Trump. Objections raised Jan. 6 will not change the outcome of the election because the Democratic House majority will reject them.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat who won a second term in November’s election, responded Wednesday on Twitter to Hawley’s plan to challenge the certification of electoral votes.
“This is another baseless attempt by Trump’s enablers to undermine the will of the people,” Shapiro said. “Pennsylvania’s election was secure, legal & fair. Our electoral votes have been cast for Joe Biden & Kamala Harris. I will continue fighting these attacks on voting rights until Jan 20.”
The eight Republican congressmen claim Shapiro “did nothing” to stop alleged “unlawful activities” regarding signature requirements on mail-in ballots and at polling sites, the curing of mail-in ballots, the use of unsecure drop boxes and not allowing poll watchers to oversee ballot canvassing.
Meuser, R-9, Dallas, and Fred Keller, R-12, Snyder County, issued Thursday’s statement, along with Glenn Thompson, R-15, Centre County; Mike Kelly, R-16, Butler County; Scott Perry R-10, York County; Lloyd Smucker, R-11, Lancaster County; Guy Reschenthaler, R-14, Washingston County; John Joyce, R-13, Blair County.
Before he left office last week as a member of Trump’s Cabinet, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the election.
The Electoral College confirmed Biden as the presidential election winner on Dec. 14 by a vote of 306 to 232. Biden won Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes by winning 50% of the statewide popular vote in November. Trump received 48.8% of the statewide vote and lost by 80,555 votes.