Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Pennsylvania certifies election results, make Biden PA win official

 


The Pennsylvania Department of State has certified the results of the November 3 election, says Gov. Tom Wolf, making Joe Biden’s win there official and delivering 20 electoral votes for the Biden-Harris ticket.


The move to certify the election results is a blow to Pres. Trump’s efforts to overturn the will of the voters in Pennsylvania. The Trump campaign, in efforts headed by Rudy Giuliani, has spent weeks filing suits to block certification, discard ballots, and generally undermine the results of the election in hopes of somehow delivering the state for Trump. Just this weekend, a federal judge rejected one of the campaign’s frivolous lawsuits seeking to block certification. ‘This Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations,’ U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann wrote in his ruling, blasting the Trump legal team for failing to provide meaningful evidence for widespread fraud they claimed occurred. ‘In the United States of America, [these arguments] cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more.’

In his Twitter announcement of the certification, Gov. Wolf celebrated the work of election officials, poll workers, and other volunteers in the state, who have been subjected to intense political scrutiny and, in some ballot counting centers, forced to face masses of aggressive Trump supporters. Philadelphia elections officials even reported receiving death threats. ‘Our election workers have been under constant attack and they have performed admirably and honorably,’ Wolf tweeted.

President-elect Joe Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania is about 80,000 votes, or almost double Trump’s lead over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

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