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November 11, 2020

True the Vote Contests Illegal Ballots Cast in Pennsylvania; ​Sues Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Kathryn Boockvar

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True the Vote Contests Illegal Ballots Cast in Pennsylvania; ​Sues Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Kathryn Boockvar
Represents Four Pennsylvania Voters in Court Who Want a Thorough Investigation Into Credible Allegations That Illegal Ballots Were Counted in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, and Allegheny Counties, Possibly Enough to Contest Results of Presidential Election

HOUSTON, Texas – True the Vote, as part of its "Validate the Vote" initiative and on behalf of four Pennsylvania voters, has filed a federal lawsuit against Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Kathryn Boockvar to contest illegal ballots that were counted in the recent elections. The lawsuit alleges that evidence exists to cast sufficient doubt on the current results of the Presidential election in Pennsylvania, based on illegal votes cast in the four counties of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, and Allegheny, which dilute the voters’ lawful votes.

“As part of True the Vote’s mission to ensure the highest standard of election integrity, we are proud to represent these Pennsylvania voters in their quest to uphold free, fair, legitimate elections in their state,” said True the Vote Founder and President Catherine Engelbrecht. “The Pennsylvania election process was an embarrassment to our country and an affront to our deep-seated value of protecting Americans’ basic Constitutional right to vote. This lawsuit seeks to discover the facts about what happened in Pennsylvania’s presidential election and the truth about illegal ballots that were counted, which could impact the final election results. No matter the outcome, it is our wish to see the law followed, to see voters heard, and to ensure the principle of ‘one vote for one voter’ is upheld.”

Should the plaintiffs provide sufficient evidence that enough invalid votes were counted to cast doubt on the November 3 election results, the lawsuit calls for the invalidation of ballots from the counties identified, citing that the unlawful ballots were mixed in with and cannot be separated from lawful ballots. Statewide in Pennsylvania, the current Presidential election vote count shows Joe Biden ahead of Donald Trump by only 44,930 votes.

“While many mainstream media outlets have 'called' Pennsylvania in favor of Joe Biden, the vote totals remain extremely close, with Biden currently leading President Trump by less than.7 percent of the total,” said True the Vote Legal Counsel James Bopp, Jr. of The Bopp Law Firm, PC. “The acceptance of unlawful ballots by election officials in these four counties draws into question the veracity of Biden's lead. True the Vote’s lawsuit seeks to discover the facts and shine a light on the widespread illegal actions that took place in Pennsylvania’s election. Pennsylvania voters deserve to know the truth and to have all legal votes counted and illegal votes nullified.”

The following facts have been presented by plaintiffs giving cause to believe that enough invalid votes were counted that could alter the results of the election, including:

  • In Philadelphia county, some voters were advised they needed to cure ballot defects while others were not, while poll watchers were excluded from access to canvassing locations.
  • In Montgomery county, a poll watcher overheard unregistered voters being advised to return later to vote under a different name that was registered in the poll book, and voter turnout was 88.5 percent, 19 percent higher than statewide turnout of 69.3 percent.
  • In Delaware county, voters that were recorded to have received mail-in ballots were given regular ballots and not required to sign the registration book. Additionally, poll watchers were granted extremely restricted access to a back room counting area, and ballots received on Election Day were not separated from ballots received after 8 p.m. that day, as ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Finally, voter turnout was 75.87 percent, 6.5 percent higher than statewide turnout.
  • In Allegheny county, voters were required to vote provisionally because the records indicated they had requested to vote by mail when they had not. Poll workers were reported to be close enough to voters so as to observe the actual vote. Voter turnout was 74.54 percent, 5.2 percent higher than statewide turnout.
  • Throughout the state, voters received mail-in ballots without applying for them, in some cases receiving more than one.
  • Throughout the state, in-person voters were advised they must vote provisionally because they had asked for and received a mail-in ballot, when no such request was made. In some cases, they were outright denied the right to vote.
  • It is estimated that over 680,000 ballots were processed without observation in Allegheny and Philadelphia counties.

Additionally, plaintiffs will provide further evidence based on thorough data analysis comparing state mail-in, absentee, provisional, and poll-book records with state voter-registration databases, United States Postal Service records, Social Security records, criminal-justice records, department-of-motor-vehicle records, and other sources to determine the extent of illegal voters and illegal votes. These could include double votes, votes by ineligible voters, votes by phantom voters, illegal felon votes, non-citizen votes, and votes cast via illegal ballot harvesting.

Finally, the lawsuit calls for action to be taken quickly, in plenty of time before the December 8 election certification deadline.

Following is a timeline of key dates surrounding final certification of elections and vote of the Electoral College, prior to Inauguration Day:

  • Dec. 8: “Safe Harbor” – date by which states must certify results and assign electors. If an election is in dispute, state legislatures may assign electors.
  • Dec. 14: Electors meet in their states to cast votes for the president and Vice President.
  • Jan. 3: New Congress is sworn in; 117th session starts.
  • Jan. 6: Electoral votes are counted in House chamber by members of House and Senate; if neither candidate has 270 electoral college votes, the election is in dispute.
  • Jan. 20: Inauguration Day – new president takes oath of office. In a disputed election, the House will appoint the president and Senate will choose the Vice President.

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