PA Rep. Peifer petitioned to throw out Pennsylvania votes

| 03 Feb 2021 | 12:25

Editor’s note: PA Rep. Mike Peifer (R-139) signed the following letter to U.S. Representatives and Senators alleging election fraud. The other Republican state officials representing Pike County, PA Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) and PA Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-189), did not sign the letter. Peifer was on the same ballot, and won, but wants to throw these ballots out.

Dear Senators and Representatives:

In 2019 the Pennsylvania General Assembly enacted comprehensive changes to our Commonwealth’s Election Code. These changes both expanded voting access by permitting no excuse mail-in ballots while also implementing reasonable safeguards to ensure that this new system would be secure, transparent, and would ensure that all Americans could have confidence in Pennsylvania’s election results. These changes received bipartisan support, including the signature of Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat.

Unfortunately, Governor Wolf and others quickly set about undermining the many protections provided under this law. In particular:

The Pennsylvania Election Code requires that all mail-in ballots be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day; Governor Wolf ordered that this statutory deadline be waived in some counties during the Primary Election, then sought its waiver statewide for the General Election.

The Pennsylvania Election Code prohibits counties from inspecting ballots prior to 7 a.m. on Election Day; Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State issued guidance encouraging counties to ignore this prohibition, to inspect ballots, and to contact voters with deficient ballots prior to Election Day.

The Pennsylvania Election Code prohibits the counting of defective absentee or mail-in ballots; Encouraged by the Department of State, some county boards of elections ignored this prohibition, and have proceeded to include thousands of defective ballots in the certified count.

The Pennsylvania Election Code authorizes poll watchers to be selected by candidates and political parties and to observe the process of pre-canvassing and canvassing absentee and mail-in ballots; Certain counties in Pennsylvania prohibited these authorized individuals from meaningfully observing the pre-canvassing and canvassing activities.

Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation empowers Congress to reject electoral votes that are not ‘regularly given’ or ‘lawfully certified.’ The aforementioned conduct has undermined the lawful certification of Pennsylvania’s delegation to the Electoral College. For these reasons, we the undersigned members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly urge you to object, and vote to sustain such objection, to the Electoral College votes received from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.