Pennsylvania Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Disputing Election Results

On Monday, November 30, Republican state lawmakers formally introduced a joint resolution to dispute the results of the 2020 election that took place on November 3.

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The joint resolution calls for “Disputing the 2020 General Election” and for Pennsylvania’s electors to be selected by the legislature.

The resolution was the latest step by state Senator Doug Mastriano to reclaim the authority to designate Pennsylanvia presidential electors for the Electoral college. 

The resolution calls for Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and Governor Tom Wolf to withdraw or vacate certification of election results and for the General Assembly to take back “the power to designate presidential electors for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the December 2020 meeting of the Electoral College.”

The General Assembly is compromised of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate, which are both in Republican control.

The resolution also rejects the “premature certification” of the election results and declares that the selection of presidential electors ”is in dispute”.

If the resolution passes, the state legislature is thus recognizing that “substantial irregularities and improprieties associated with mail-in balloting, precanvassing and canvassing during the November 3, 2020, election” existed, among other things listed in the resolution. 

If passed, this would also mean that the PA legislature would reclaim its role in selecting the electors for the electoral college vested in Article 2, Section 1, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution.

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