With the threat of another GOP”Stop stealing“In increasingly real Pennsylvania, the campaign branch for House Democrats is asking candidates to be attorneys.
Former President Donald Trump is said to have told Republican allies, according to Rolling Stoneto prepare “burning legal tactics” to challenge election results — particularly in Philadelphia.
In response to those threats, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent an email to Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania this week, urging them to “identify a local attorney for the campaign.” your translation”. According to the DCCC email, that attorney will be available both on and after Election Day.
The DCCC also requires candidates to provide the campaign committee with their attorney’s name, their company name, and their contact information. The DCCC also cautions that attorney candidates should not rely on their legal competence.
In other words, the DCCC is taking the threat of regulatory challenges seriously.
“MAGA Republicans are trying to undermine confidence in our elections because they know when more people vote they will lose,” said DCCC spokesman James Singer, said in a statement when asked about the email. and make sure it’s a vote and make sure every eligible vote counts. “
While it is perfectly normal for a campaign to have an attorney available to participate in the recount proceedings, the DCCC’s effort involves coordinating with them around has reinstated efforts to block voting in the mail, especially around potential GOP efforts to eliminate handwritten absentee ballots on the outside of envelopes. State election officials argue in court on Tuesday that the handwritten date should not be required.
After Trump ordered election officials to “stop counting votes” on election night 2020, the former president’s campaign lawyers did not find any evidence of voter fraud. voters in Pennsylvania and erroneously attempted to throw out hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots, resulting in a harsh ruling from federal judge who dismissed their case.
A GOP strategist with knowledge of the preparation in Keystone State said Republicans aren’t doing enough compared to Democrats to have lawyers in place, despite Trump’s series of meetings.
“Save America” [Trump’s PAC] and nowhere else are these trained to set up election workers. They just don’t,” the strategist told The Daily Beast, requesting anonymity to discuss sensitive internal conversations.
“Unfortunately nothing is happening, but he is unorganized.”
Other high-profile conservatives are drawing attention to Pennsylvania, trying to stoke doubts about how long it will take to count votes.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked why only “green cities” take so long to count their votes in a tweet citing a New York Post The story about Pennsylvania Commonwealth Secretary Leigh Chapman said it could take days to count votes in Keystone State because state law prevents early counting of mailed ballots.
Pennsylvania Republicans blocked a law allowing early mail-in ballots and outgoing Democratic Governor Tom Wolf veto their bill to limit absentee voting last year.
Tucker Carlson also featured Pennsylvania on Wednesday night’s Fox News show.
America’s most-watched cable host beckons with aerial quotes on how Democrats “can run mentally handicapped candidates and not just expect them to ‘win’ but expect you to accept the result no matter how absurd it may be.”
Carlson goes on to make an equally ominous and ridiculous prediction.
“On November 9, they’ll tell you John Fetterman got 81 million votes in Pennsylvania, and they’ll threaten to put you in jail if you don’t believe it,” Carlson said. “Why don’t they do it? It worked for Joe Biden. “
Even though there are only 8.7 million people registered to vote in Pennsylvania, Carlson is alluding to President Biden’s total votes from his 2020 victory over Trump.
Keystone State will be at the forefront of the Electoral College map in 2024, and if GOP candidate Doug Mastriano prevails in the gubernatorial race — given the Pennsylvania governor’s ability to appoint the bloc’s secretary commonwealth oversees elections — Republicans can submit their own list of electors supporting Trump regardless of how the public votes. Without a mechanism against such collusion under the Vote Counts Act of 1887, this hypothetical scenario could generate certification of the next presidential election.
For Pennsylvania to pass a constitutional amendment changing its voting laws, the state legislature would need to pass it in two consecutive sessions. Trump has also urges GOP state legislators to repeal Act 77vote-in-mail protection.