President Donald Trump’s campaign has been pressing voters to call their state legislatures to conduct an emergency special session on voter fraud.
Over the past several days, the team urged people to contact Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and Georgia, Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan to “demand a vote on decertification” of the state’s Electoral College votes.
The Trump Team Twitter account also posted the phone numbers of state legislators in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Time for state legislators to take the Election seriously.
President @realDonaldTrump needs you to DEMAND they call a SPECIAL SESSION & hear the evidence.
Contact your state legislators NOW!
GA: (404) 656-1776
WI: (608) 266-2517
MI: (517) 373-6339
AZ: (602) 542-4331 pic.twitter.com/F6GWIYRhvn
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) December 30, 2020
It comes as the Joint Session of Congress is slated to convene on Jan. 6 to count the Electoral College votes. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and at least 40 House representatives have announced they would challenge the votes.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s GOP delegation to Congress announced they would challenge Pennsylvania’s electors. They include Republican Reps. Dan Meuser, Glenn Thompson, Mike Kelly, Scott Perry, Lloyd Smucker, Guy Reschenthaler, John Joyce, and Fred Keller.
The lawmakers, in a statement, said that Pennsylvania’s election on Nov. 3 was fraught with anomalies, irregularities, and alleged fraud. Pennsylvania Secretary of Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar has vehemently denied there was any fraud that would overturn the election, and Gov. Tom Wolf moved to certify the state’s electoral votes.
But the delegation listed several reasons for their decision: “Accepting ballots past 8:00 pm on Election Day; not properly requiring signatures to match those on mail-in ballots or requiring dates; meanwhile, the matching of signatures was required at a polling site; authorizing the curing of mail-in ballots with less than a 24-hour’s notice; only some counties were informed and adhered to this order leaving voters treated unequally from county to county; authorizing the use of unsecure drop boxes, which is not permitted in statute; and prohibiting certified poll watchers overseeing the canvassing of ballots in Philadelphia.”
The move requires at least one House representative and one senator to carry out, although some congressional leaders—including Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)—have said their efforts will likely fail.
Hawley on Wednesday became the first senator to say he would oppose certifying the election for Joe Biden, pointing to Democratic efforts to do the same in prior elections.
“Following both the 2004 and 2016 elections, Democrats in Congress objected during the certification of electoral votes in order to raise concerns about election integrity. They were praised by Democratic leadership and the media when they did,” the Missouri Republican said.