Slow vote counting in Pennsylvania appears to result in Biden victory

Slow vote counting in Pennsylvania appears to result in Biden victory

(The Center Square) – Word Saturday that major media outlets had called the presidential race in Pennsylvania in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden – giving him the margin he needed to clinch election to the White House, according to unofficial – was met with celebratory reactions from the state’s Democrats.

Still looming, however, were legal challenges by President Donald Trump and his supporters and allies seeking to investigate whether any inappropriate votes were included in the state’s totals.

Trump backers were heartened by a ruling from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samual Alito late Friday that directed Pennsylvania election officials to set aside and count separately any ballots that had arrived after Nov. 3. Election officials insisted that they were already doing so, in accordance with previous court rulings that allowed mail ballots that had been postmarked by Nov. 3 to be counted.

Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, in a statement Saturday morning, hailed Alito’s decision and accused Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar of improperly moving forward with the late-arriving ballots.

“The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed what we have been saying – Secretary Boockvar changed the rules for the counties after telling the Court that ballots would only be segregated,” said Corman, R-Bellefonte. “The Court said it was not aware [of] the Secretary’s original guidance, which had an ‘important bearing on the question whether to order special treatment of the ballots in question had been modified.’”

Corman, along with Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, called on Boockvar to resign Tuesday night, accusing her of giving inconsistent guidance to local officials and in some cases violating court orders and election code.

Boockvar fired back, saying that Corman and Scarnati and their counterparts in the state House of Representatives should resign for failing to pass legislation that would have allowed the state’s vote counting to be completed much more quickly.

“I have no intent to resign and I disagree with everything they said in their release,” Boockvar said late Tuesday. “They don’t like the late counting of ballots because they don’t like anything that allows more voters to be enfranchised, so let’s be clear about that.”

Biden held a lead of about 34,000 votes over Trump in Pennsylvania late Saturday morning, out of about 6.6 million cast. Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen was a distant third with just over 77,000 votes received.

TV news organizations and other media outlets have differed in addressing the state of the electoral vote count, but all the major ones agreed that claiming Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes was sufficient to push Biden over the 270-vote threshold and make him the president-elect.

* This article was originally published here

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