Pennsylvania GOP introduce resolution to appoint Trump-friendly electors based on ‘mounting evidence’ of voter fraud

Pennsylvania Republicans are introducing legislation that would override how the state’s electors are chosen, the GOP’s latest move to challenge Joe Biden’s victory and hand the state’s 20 electoral college votes to Donald Trump.

“There is mounting evidence that the PA presidential election was compromised,” Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano, who led a hearing on voter fraud in the state this week, tweeted on Saturday. “If this is the case, under Article II, Section 1.2 of the US Constitution, the state legislature has the sole authority to direct the manner of selecting delegates to the Electoral College.”

This selection process, Mastriano claimed, would ensure that people are not “disenfranchised through a corrupt election process.”

In Pennsylvania, each party’s nominee selects their list of electors, and the winning party’s list is later certified. If the legislature were to choose the electors instead, it would give President Trump the chance of the state’s 20 electoral votes going to him instead of Biden, who normally would receive the votes since he won the popular vote in the state.

While the GOP controls both the House and Senate in Pennsylvania, the longshot strategy faces a major uphill battle, especially since Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has not been supportive of claims about voter fraud in his state from Trump’s campaign. Republican leaders in the legislature have also not been supportive of having a role in selecting electors.

“Our position on the seating of electors has not changed, and we don’t have a role,” Jason Gottesman, a spokesperson for the state House GOP, said of Mastriano’s new efforts.

Time is also a factor as electors are supposed to cast their votes on December 14 in Harrisburg.

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