US Rep. Dan Meuser, who represents Schuylkill County in Congress, says he’ll object to the certification of Pennsylvania’s Presidential electors on Wednesday.
Meuser, in a long statement issued on Tuesday, said Pennsylvania’s election process was flawed and unconstitutional. Therefore, he says, he can’t vote to certify the Presidential electors from Pennsylvania who are committed to Democrat Joe Biden.
“If there is an American ideal that all citizens, regardless of party affiliation, can agree upon it is that we must have election integrity. It is essential that the law be followed, illegal ballots disqualified, and only legal ballots be counted. Until then, I have no choice but to object to the certification of these electors and allow the constitutional procedure of certifying ballots to run its course,” Meuser says.
Meuser Will Oppose Presidential Electors from Pennsylvania
A Joint Session of Congress will convene on Wednesday to formally certify those electors. Normally, this is a process that the fake news calls ceremonial but in recent Presidential elections, it’s been filled with some drama.
While Democrats are saying that Republicans like Meuser are compromising the integrity of the election, they’re obviously forgetting that some in Congress did the same exact thing in 2016 when President Donald Trump was elected.
In the months since the November election, Trump and other Republicans have attempted to make a case that the vote was flawed or rigged for Biden.
Meuser agrees, at least in part, saying that Pennsylvania’s election was marred by unconstitutional actions taken by Gov. Tom Wolf, Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
In his statement on Tuesday, Meuser outlined the very specific constitutional violations that led to a compromised election.
Here are the violations Meuser believes happened:
- Ballots were accepted past 8 p.m. on Election Day
- Signatures weren’t verified on mail-in ballots but were verified for in-person voters
- Mail-in ballots were allowed to be “cured” prior to Election Day
- Ballot drop boxes weren’t secured
“These unlawful actions were taken without the authority or consent of the Pennsylvania state legislature. These are facts. They are indisputable. It is also very apparent that the unlawful actions described were concentrated in heavily populated, Democrat-led counties,” Meuser says. “If such unlawful actions are to be accepted, what do we have to look forward to next year? Online or call-in voting because it may be raining in Philadelphia?”
While Democrats are crying foul at some Republicans planning to vote against certifying these electors for Biden, they’re ignoring very recent history. In his statement, Meuser even cites House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s own comments from 2005 when Democrats opposed – for the second time – the election of George W. Bush as President.
According to Meuser’s statement, this is what Pelosi said in 2005 regarding Democrat plans to oppose electors for Bush:
“The Members of Congress who have brought this challenge are speaking up for their aggrieved constituents, many of whom have been disenfranchised in this process. This is their only opportunity to have this debate while the country is listening, and it is appropriate to do so. We have a responsibility to take advantage of it. The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy. A discussion of that foundation, again, should not be considered frivolous.”
Meuser says, “Speaker Pelosi was absolutely right then and her words reflect the same intentions of today’s effort.”
Local Press Gets It Wrong
Meuser also called out the local media for bashing his effort on Wednesday. He said the “local papers are missing the point” in criticizing his plan.
In an editorial that appeared in the Dec. 29 edition of the RepublicanHerald, the paper essentially calls Meuser a “stooge” for trying to question the results of the November election. They cite Meuser’s willingness to back what the paper calls a “crackpot” lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General to overturn the results of the election in several states, including Pennsylvania.
The paper said Meuser and fellow Pennsylvania Rep. Fred Keller were “disgracing themselves and mocking Pennsylvania voters” with their actions.
The editorial reads, “Meuser and Keller, having already cast their lots with Texas over the interests of their own constituents, should salvage what’s left of their reputations by taking themselves off the market. They not only should declare that they will not participate in the latest undemocratic charade, but denounce it.”
Meuser calls out the press for this and apparently other editorials slamming their effort.
“The U.S. constitutional authority of the state legislature to enact changes to election law was usurped by state officials, leading to unlawful activities which resulted in an indisputably inaccurate vote count as it is indisputable that illegal votes were counted,” he says. “The idea that local papers would describe this as an effort to disenfranchise voters is hypocrisy at its finest. Did they describe it this way when Democrats opposed electors following the last three Republican presidential victories?”
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