Pa. Secretary of State says Trump’s claims of election fraud lack validity

Written by on October 28, 2020

Pa. Secretary of State says Trump’s claims of election fraud lack validity

By Tyler Pratt

October 28, 2020

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President Trump continued to criticize Pennsylvania’s electoral process during his campaign blitz across the Commonwealth Monday. But as WLVR’s Tyler Pratt reports, state officials say his claims lack validity. 

Trump said on Twitter Monday night, quote, “Philadelphia needs poll watchers.” The tweet followed his comments at a rally outside Allentown, falsely claiming Governor Tom Wolf would be counting ballots.

“We’re watching your governor very closely in Philadelphia. A lot of bad things happen with the counting of the votes.”

The governor does not count ballots. County elections offices do. And the secretary of the Commonwealth, Kathy Boockvar, certifies the election results. She addressed Trump’s comments Tuesday.

“Voters need to ignore the disinformation. There is so much disinformation out there. People should not retweet, should not repost. This information is inaccurate. Pennsylvania has very clear laws,” she said.

Boockvar says Philadelphia and every other Pennsylvania county will appoint certified poll watchers. 

Trump’s campaign has already lost two legal battles challenging Pennsylvania’s election laws, with a judge citing they couldn’t prove a serious threat of voter fraud.

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