In a shocking statement Saturday, Pennsylvania state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R) said a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court affirms what Republicans “have been saying” about the alleged “inconsistent handling of ballots” in the Keystone State.
According to Breitbart, Corman said Saturday that Democrat Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar’s decision to change election rules at the last minute amounts to “nothing but a partisan effort to cause chaos and mistrust.”
SCOTUS weighs in
Corman’s statement came after a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court ordering all county election boards in the battleground state of Pennsylvania to separate ballots received after Election Day from ballots received on or before Election Day.
The ruling, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, called into question a decision from Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court that allowed “the extension of the counting of mail-in ballots to three days after Election Day,” according to the Washington Examiner.
“The ballots had to be postmarked by the time polls closed on Tuesday,” the Examiner reported, “and the [GOP] asked the highest court in the land to order that those ballots be ‘segregated’ and not counted at this time.”
In his ruling, Alito affirmed that “all such ballots, if counted, shall be counted separately.” It’s a decision that Corman says “underscores how Secretary Boockvar’s action[s] have weakened the confidence in our voting system and Pennsylvania’s election results,” according to Breitbart.
Writing in a joint statement with Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati on Wednesday, Corman explained:
Secretary Boockvar told the U.S. Supreme Court on October 28 that ballots received after 8 p.m. on November 3 would be segregated, but she changed the rules on November 1 and directed counties to canvass those ballots as soon as possible upon receipt.
“In some counties, it is not possible to both segregate and canvass ballots as directed,” the pair added, according to Breitbart. “This directive leaves open the possibility that timely votes will be commingled with votes received after 8 p.m. on Election Day, despite the fact that these votes remain the subject of litigation before the United States Supreme Court.”
Calls for a resignation
Though the high court ordered the ballots segregated pending further rulings, it remains unclear whether the Supreme Court will ultimately hear the case on the extended deadline for mail-in ballots. Pennsylvania is a hotly contested state, however, and if the Supreme Court does get involved, it could have a major impact on who wins the 2020 election, which the mainstream media has already called for Democrat Joe Biden.
Either way, Corman and Scarnati want to see Boockvar held accountable for “fundamentally” changing the way Pennsylvania conducts elections in the days before voters hit the polls.
“As leaders, we simply cannot stand by and allow Kathy Boockvar’s blatant disregard for the legislative process and the law to continue,” the Republicans wrote Saturday.
“In order for trust to be restored to the Pennsylvania election system, Kathy Boockvar must resign as Secretary of State in Pennsylvania following these most recent efforts to weaken the state’s voting system and damage the integrity and confidence in our elections,” they concluded. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on that.