Several counties in Pennsylvania have certified the election results, as the process of consolidating the results in the state continues despite scattered efforts by local Republicans to stop the process.
In Allegheny County, the state’s second largest county and seat of Pittsburgh, the council voted 2–1 to certify the results, with Sam Demarco, the only Republican member, voting against. Mr DeMarco said his vote was an attempt to stimulate action in the state capital to make changes to the state’s voting laws, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
In Luzerne County, which Mr. Trump won by more than 14,000 votes, the board certified the results by 3–2 votes, again with Democratic board members voting to certify and both Republicans voting against.
State law states that counties in Pennsylvania must certify their votes on the third Monday after the election. But there’s no real penalty for missing the deadline, and several counties have missed it in the past.
Philadelphia plans to certify its results tonight at a meeting at 7 p.m. after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Monday afternoon in a case involving approximately 8,000 ballots that had signatures but issues with the date or the address. The court ruled against the Trump campaign and the Republican allies, saying those ballots should be counted.
Once counties have certified the results, the process then moves to the Secretary of State’s office to approve the certification, which it is supposed to complete by November 30, and then to the governor’s office for final signing and award. voters. .
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and Governor Tom Wolf, both Democrats, are expected to act quickly once certification reaches their respective offices.
The Trump campaign had sought to stop the certification of the Pennsylvania election in court, but a judge dismissed the effort in a scathing opinion on Saturday.
“This tribunal was presented with unfounded strained legal arguments and speculative accusations, unsupported in the operational complaint and unsupported by evidence,” wrote longtime Republican Judge Matthew Brann who had been appointed by the former President Barack Obama. “In the United States of America, that cannot justify the denial of the right to vote of just one voter, let alone all voters in its sixth most populous state.”
Despite the harsh reprimand, the Trump campaign vowed to continue and filed an appeal to the Third Circuit on Sunday. In a statement last week, the campaign said it hoped the case would go to the Supreme Court.
But if Pennsylvania does certify its results, it will likely render the Trump campaign’s call to the Third Circuit moot because it centers on blocking certification.
State Republicans also filed a lawsuit to quash the election claiming the state’s expansion of no-excuse postal voting passed last October by a Republican-led legislature and left in place for over a year without objection until Mr. Trump loses. Pennsylvania, was unconstitutional.