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A group of state GOP lawmakers contesting the result of the Nov. 3 election is continuing a “forensic investigation,” even as their efforts to bring a resolution seeking to overturn the Pennsylvania election certification failed.
The 26 Republican state representatives, including Daryl Metcalfe, Eric Nelson and Eric Davanzo and Cris Dush in Western Pennsylvania, crafted the proposed resolution late Friday after attorneys for President Donald Trump made unfounded claims of sweeping voter fraud at a Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing in Gettysburg.
House Republican leaders, however, declined to grant extra time in order to consider the proposed resolution. The legislative session ended Monday, as scheduled.
Officials said the chamber did not have adequate time to consider any new resolutions, each of which must be considered for three days, before adjourning. Moreover, House Majority leader Kerry Benninghoff and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman told the Centre Daily Times that the Legislature “does not and will not have a hand in choosing the state’s presidential electors, or in deciding the outcome of the presidential election,” and that its Electoral College votes will be awarded to the winner of the popular vote as required by law.
Their decision to adjourn without considering the proposed resolution marked the most recent setback for a host of unsuccessful challenges to the general election here and across the nation.
On Monday, Arizona officials certified election results there, officially declaring Biden the winner by 10,500 votes. That news came as Trump’s lawyers there argued without evidence that the election was marred by widespread voter fraud.
In Pennsylvania, Nelson, the Hempfield Republican who joined in the unsuccessful resolution effort to withdraw the election certification in Pennsylvania, said his group plans to release a report soon. He said it would document “sizable irregularities with mail-in ballots between Nov. 3 and Nov. 4.”
Nelson, who previously said he knew of counties that counted more mail in ballots than they sent out, conceded that similar allegations by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani at the Gettysburg hearing falsely conflated mail-in ballot requests from the primary in June with balloting in the November general election when he asserted more ballots were counted than sent out.
Nonetheless, Nelson insisted there were significant ballot irregularities in Allegheny, Philadelphia and Delaware counties, and his group is comparing the number of mail in ballots to the number of envelopes received.
“We have some major problems which need to be addressed before the election results ultimately are certified,” Nelson said. “My goal is fair, honest and…